Resenting the Hero
by Moira J. Moore
Review by Cathy Green
Ace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0441013880
Date: 28 February, 2006 List Price $7.50 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
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We first meet Dunleavey Mallorough, the narrator and heroine of Resenting The Hero, at the Academy for Shields as she is waiting for the ceremony in which she might be chosen by a Source. Her planet is beset by frequent disturbances such as earthquakes and tornados. Sources are people who can sense the impending disasters and avert them. Shields are people who can protect the Sources while they work, channeling away dangerous energies. Such people are highly valued and the Empress established academies where Sources and Shields could be trained. Sources have the power to control and mitigate natural disasters such as floods and tornados. Shields are tuned to emotions and, as their name implies, can erect shields to protect the Source while the Source is fighting the disaster. Mallorough is hoping for a nice quiet career with a solid, reliable, sedate Source. Of course, her wishes will not have anything to do with it; it's the Source that picks the Shield, based on whether a bond is felt at selection. The selection ceremony is reminiscent of the impression scenes in Anne McCaffrey's Pern books. While bonded Pairs are stronger than an unbonded Shield and Source acting together, there is a major disadvantage in bonded pairs in that if the Source dies, the Shield does as well.