Review: The Hero Strikes Back (Source and Shield #2) by Moira J. Moore

Genre: Fantasy
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Ace (August 29, 2006)
How I got this book: Bought
Links: Amazon Goodreads

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.

My rating: 4/5 Stars – A good read. I really enjoyed it


This second installment in Moore’s Source and Shield series is even more fun and entertaining than the first book.  The worldbuilding continues to rock my socks off as we get more hints of an ongoing mystery surrounding the forces, the Triple S Council, and the true nature of Sources’ and Shields’ abilities.  Another highlight of this series is Lee and Taro’s rocky relationship.  Besides giving us some delightful, witty banter between the Pair, The Hero Strikes Back also focuses heavily on Taro’s and Lee’s character development.  Both of them are dealing with major family issues, which ultimately brings them closer together as partners.

In my review of the first book, Resenting the Hero, I complained about Lee’s stupidity.  But in this installment, it becomes clear that Lee isn’t stupid; she’s just oblivious, a trait that starts to make sense as her character becomes more fleshed out.  Because her outlook on the world is almost invariably sensible, practical, and linear, Lee often fails to grasp how other people’s minds work.  Thus, it makes sense that she would miss the rather obvious (to us, anyway) clues as to what’s happening around her, and I can forgive her, even find her obliviousness charming, when the same thing almost happens again in The Hero Strikes Back.  Moreover, Lee’s inability to understand others’ emotions leads to a gut-wrenching scene with her mother that made me sympathize with Lee and root for her even more.

Overall, this is a quick, light read filled with action, banter, relationship drama, lovable characters, and magic that will leave readers eager for more of Lee and Taro’s adventures.

Reading Order:

  1. Resenting the Hero – read my review on Goodreads
  2. The Hero Strikes Back
  3. Heroes Adrift
  4. Heroes at Risk
  5. Heroes Return
  6. Heroes at Odds

About Lesley

I love big dogs, ravioli, and all things nerdy. Books are my crack.
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