The Hero Strikes Back

The Hero Strikes Back

Book - 2006
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In a realm beset by natural disasters, only the magical abilities of the bonded Pairs--Source and Shield--make the land habitable and keep the citizenry safe. The ties that bind them are far beyond the relationships between lovers or kin--and last their entire lives...

Whether they like it or not.

The weather in the city of High Scape is off the charts. It's snowing in the middle of summer, and the townsfolk are desperate for Shield Lee Mallorough and Source Shintaro Karish to fix it--which they can't do. But try explaining that to an angry mob...

Meanwhile, there's a crazed killer targeting aristocrats. Karish has forfeited the Dukedom of Westsea to continue working as a Source, but Lee fears that technicality won't matter to the murderer. It certainly doesn't matter to Karish's mother, who's bound and determined that he take the title.

Only by working together will Lee and Karish be able to figure out the weather, catch the killer before it's too late, and most importantly...get rid of Karish's mother.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, c2006
Edition: Ace mass-market ed
ISBN: 9780441014408
0441014402
Branch Call Number: SF MOORE
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 18 cm

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ShamaBole
Nov 09, 2013

I really like Dunleavy but the book is painfully short on any real action

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "Don't be surprised by the older cover, this fantasy series has a fairly neat premise. Select citizens are discovered at an early age to have certain talents and are taken away to a school run by the kingdom. Citizens are paired up as sources and shields, who work as a team and are responsible for diverting natural disasters from parts of the kingdom. In the first book, the female protagonist, Lee, meets her source. In this second one, tensions in the kingdom are growing as they experience unseasonable weather that the sources and shield cannot deal with. Lee's partner also has to deal with his unreasonable aristocratic mother. A quick light read. "

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