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Book Review: Moira Moore's "Heroes" Series

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It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed books  here ( you can keep abreast of more current reviews/reads I have on my GoodReads account!) But since I read all five books in this series in three days, I felt the obsession bonus was worth a blog entry.

Yeah, this cover is awful.  The pink font in the trees, the kitchy Meg-Ryan-Movie quote, the chick UNDER the horse (I mean, that just looks UNSAFE!), ugh.  Thank god for my Kindle, I don’t think I’d have been brave enough to pick this one up live.

There are five books in Moira J Moore’s “Heroes” series.  I picked this series up on a whim from an Amazon List (honestly, I find the best books that way! Thank you Amazon contributors!) It looked to be something I wouldn’t necessarily love (a bit twee from the descriptio)n:

In a realm beset by natural disasters, only the bonded Pairs–Source and Shield–make the land habitable and keep the citizenry safe. But can Dunleavy Mallorough and Lord Shintaro Karish put aside their differences to defeat something even more unnatural than their reluctant affections for each other?

Luckily I quickly fell in love with the characters and the world.  It’s the perfect light romantic fantasy I was in the mood for as I’ve been traveling.  Reminded me of one of my fave series by Lisa Shearin, so if you picked that up and liked it, this will be for you.

This is a light fantasy romp that really hangs it hat on the characterizations of the two main characters, Lee and Taro. It has a lot of romance, but there’s enough in magic and the mystery of the plots to not define it WHOLLY as that kind of book.  It’s not a cookie cutter relationship between the two leads, often they’re quite maddening, which is what I found refreshing. It’s just so sweetly and cleverly done.

What really carries the series through is the POV of the main character, Lee. The books are written in first person from her point of view. When I first started the first book, I first thought it was a bit simply written, like a Young Adult novel. But as I progressed through the book and into series, I realize it’s because the author was being so faithful to the first person view. Lee is naive, not experienced, and very stubborn, so, even if I, the reader, knows something is up with a secondary character or plotline, Lee doesn’t necessarily do the sensible thing or add it up, which can be annoying, but makes it REAL.  The main character grows through the series, but is never going to be terribly insightful, by definition of her character and the world the author built, which is part of the fun. I just have to admire that.

Also the relationship between the two main characters is very interesting, they are both VERY flawed, so the story (and their relationship) goes through unpredictable and interesting, real twists. I really loved that there isn’t some fairy tale happiness between them, and that is even more endearing.  To have a character admit in a “romance” book that she enjoys not being around her amour all the time, that she likes to enjoy her own company sometimes, is just so much fun compared to the obsessive “we’re in love so we always can’t get enough of each other forever” sort of attitude in most romance novels.

Also, the books are quite funny at times, because Lee is snarky and amusing.  Some lines had me laughing out loud.  Anyway, I would highly recommend the books, they are very very enjoyable light reads and get better and better as the series goes on.  Will definitely stay on my “OMG THERES A NEW ONE OUT!” list.

  • Cass

    Hi Felicia,
    Glad to read you love the Heroes series too 🙂 I discovered them about a year ago and thought they were just faboo. Anyhoo, thought you might like to know that Moira J. Moore has just put up a new website – you can keep an eye on it for announcements for the sixth book if you want!
    http://moirajmoore.com/
    PS, btw, the Guild is awesome and fabulous and other such synonyms 🙂

  • carlos

    Damn, its taking me 19 days to finish Sven Erikson Memories of Ice (enjoying it though) Guess ill have to do some speed-reading course.

  • Ibaraki

    Re: the ‘alone together’ idea – reminds me of some of the very funny and frank lyrics to the Pink song ‘Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely).

  • I’ve read the first three books in that series, and I like them a lot. Lee’s relationship with her family is particularly well drawn. I also really love seeing a female character with so little empathy. I find her so restful. lol

  • I too thank the Book Gods everyday for bestowing upon us the Kindle – the Concealer of Cheesy Book Covers.

    Have you checked out the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning? I am eagerly awaiting the fifth book, which will release in January 2011. You might be interested – it is the perfect combination of romance, humor and evil faeries.

    Also, can’t wait to see your arch in Eureka!!

  • Vlada

    Going to check this one out! Another series I liked recently were by Ilona Andrews: “Magic Bites”, “Magic Burns”, “Magic Strikes”, “Magic Bleeds”. But nothing tops Joe Abercrombie, he’s got best books and tyvm for recommending them earlie, Felicia!

  • PyroPretzel

    Hi there Felicia! I know this has nothing to do with the book or anything, but i have no idea how to contact you otherwise….. anyways i think you just rock, so i wrote a song about you (thats why i remained anonymous through the name PyroPretzel… its kinda embarressing to say stuff like this) anyways if you wanna see the song i wrote then just email me via the email i supplied if you want to read the lyrics to the song 🙂 it would mean a lot to me 😛

  • Genius! 🙂

  • Tom Brennan

    Thanks for turning me on to the GoodReads site! It was great to see what you’ve read and reviewed so extensively.

    Keep up the great work with The Guild – going to my 360 now to see the latest episode.

    Tom

  • This sounds like a fun series. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the great reviews.

  • ESD

    If you guys liked this series, you might find an interest in the Brethren series by Robyn Young, if you haven’t already. The series is actually a trilogy, starting with the first book ‘Brethren’. The second and third books in the trilogy are ‘Crusade’ and ‘Fall of the Templars’ respectively. They’re not so much Science-Fiction as they are Historical-Fiction, but I found them to be awesome books, including some romance and action sequences; I strongly recommend them.

  • Thanks for the recommendation! I bought the first one on my Kindle and am really enjoying it. I’m especially grateful because the cover art is such a turnoff that I wouldn’t have been interested unless I heard from a respected source that it’s a great book!

  • PyroPretzel

    i know this seems a bit “I’m a teenager and dragons are cool” kind of thing but, the eragon series is actually really good. I think it’s much better since the first one, and is getting a little more for older readers too. If you haven’t read them yet, then at least borrow them from a friend, it really is worth a try. I may even be telling this to people who are thinking ” stfu n00b i knows its cool”. Not saying your nooby or anything. I’m gonna stop talking now….

  • Nikki

    YES! Ilona Andrews’ books are just awesome! I read “Magic Burns” in a single day, it was that awesome. I haven’t finished the series yet, but I am excited to see it through!

    I liked Moira J. Moore’s books quite a bit, in fact I am loving all of the book recommendations. Well and I LOVE The Guild!

  • Aaron

    I didn’t see it on your goodreads, have you read “The Dragon and the George” by Gordon R. Dickson? Great book and pretty fun series.

  • Carin

    Thanks for the recommendation, I’ve been looking for a new series of books since I finished the Riverworld series. I’ll go looking for them at my library! I’m going to have to check out other books on your GoodReads page. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Hooray for GoodReads! From what I’ve looked at, you’ve got good taste. 🙂 Definitely make time to finish off the Dresden series; I think I plowed through “Changes” in just over a day. And one recommendation for your steampunk shelf: The Court of the Air, by Stephen Hunt, is an excellent book.

  • Okay, that book cover is brilliant. Not because I agree with the scene that is played out… but because it caught my attention; it had me doing a double-take on my computer. I don’t read often, but I may just check out that book series. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • This is a light fantasy romp that really hangs it hat on the characterizations of the two main characters, Lee and Taro.

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  • Kaitlin

    On the topic of good books but cheesy covers, I can recomend “Sword of the Guardian” by Merry Shannon. Fantasy great characters, and involved, cover… Not so much :). I will have to look into this series.

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