Heroes at Risk by Moira J. Moore

Thanks to Angieville, I've stumbled onto many, many new series that have totally sparked my interest and have left me clamoring for more. Out of all the authors she's recommended, Moira J. Moore's Heroes Series has to be one of my new favorites. Questionable covers aside, its got danger, bucket loads of humor, intricate world building, romance, and of course, characters that you can't help but adore. Not only that, but it's one of the most original story lines I've come across in quite a while. Heroes at Risk is the fourth novel in a progressively entertaining series about Source Taro and Shield Lee, a set of Pairs who through a unique bond are able to control natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes. Lee and Taro have been circling each other for quite some time and in the last book, things sort of came to a head between them and changed everything - in my opinion - for the best. But that could all change as they return to High Scrape to resume their normal duties as a Pair.

Back in High Scrape at last, Lee is more than happy to be back to her normal life, ready to do some shielding, ready to avoid any kind of danger or intrigue. So of course, Taro finds his way into trouble while attempting to chase down grave robbers during their first week back. Naturally, Lee is less than pleased. But trouble seem to follow the Pair wherever they go, leading to the discovery that the citizens of High Scrape have turned to magic - namely casting spells using the ashes of people supposed to be lucky - in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the calamities (famine, extreme weather) High Scrape has recently been plagued with. The regulars aren't exactly pleased with how Triple S (basically the employers of Source and Shields) have been handling things and are looking for anything to fix it. Lee and Taro are more than disbelieving in the power of magic, not to mention the fact that it is highly illegal, but when people throughout the city begin to fall prey to a mysterious illness, the Pairs find themselves at risk and are more than determined to find out what is going on.

I was so excited to get back to the sometimes exasperating, yet always entertaining, world of Lee and Taro. Taro has this whole devil-may-care-handsome-aristocrat thing going on, yet in this book he really shows how insecure he is at times, especially where Lee is concerned. Although sometimes I wanted to shake Lee for her obliviousness - making Taro spell out exactly what he means all the time - she is so dang lovable. Her inner dialogue is too funny, full of self-depreciating humor and little quips on the intelligence (or lack thereof) of the people around her. I love her thoughts, but I still think a book, or even a short story, from Taro's perspective (hint, hint!) would be seriously welcomed. Srsly. Through Lee's eyes, we get such a limited view of Taro's thoughts and it would be perfect to know what he's thinking much of the time - even if it is just that Lee is a complete idiot. Fantastic book Ms. Moore, please keep them coming.

Oh, and as far as last lines go, this one is a killer.

series reading order:
~ Resenting the Hero
~ The Hero Strikes Back
~ Heroes Adrift
~ Heroes at Risk

Because Everyone Likes a Second Opinion:
Angieville review
The Book Smugglers review

book source: borrowed from a friend


Angiegirl said...

Reading your reviews make me happy. :)

I'm so glad this series has been a winner for you as well. I love it and love recommending it. I felt pretty much exactly as you did about this installment. A couple of those scenes between them...phew. I just love these two characters. And the ending still makes me grin. Can't wait for the next one!

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle

Thank you for the wonderful review. And just in case you're interested, I wrote a very rough version of the first chapter of the first book from Taro's point of view. It's in my livejournal at http://moiraj.livejournal.com/tag/drabble

I'm' glad you like the last line. I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on it. And I almost didn't use it, for fear it was too flip.


Michelle said...

Angie - I think what kills me most is how original it is - to me that really is the draw. And of course Taro and Lee. And yes, when they finally sit down to 'talk', I was just head over heels.

Moira - Yipee! I'm so glad to hear that you do have a bit from Taro's perspective! I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed this series, I can't wait to read the next one ;) And that last line had me grinning like a fool for days.