This is the sixth novel in Moira J. Moore’s Lee and Taro series – or Shield and Source series, or Heroes series. Like the series never seems to manage to quite decide what genre it is, there also seems to no agreement on what it’s actually called. The former I actually consider an asset, because it makes the series unique – it mixes (if not always blends) Romance, Fantasy and Science Fiction elements. It obviously did not help her sales, however, and likely neither did the notoriously inappropriate covers for every single of the six volumes. Apparently Moira J. Moore’s publisher didn’t have any clear idea what to do with the series either, and so one probably should not have been surprised that they dropped it unfinished after this installment. Which is a pity, because even though Moore might not re-invent any of the genres she plays with, the series has considerable charm – not an exciting read, but a very pleasant one.
Heroes at Odds comes down heavy on the Fantasy side of things, with our protagonists still staying in the Duchess of Westsea and chiefly busy with fending off the attacks of a greedy neighbour who wants the Duchy for himself and is using magic-wielding minions to get it. This volume doesn’t advance the general plot by much but does manage to set things up for the final installment in an entertaining manner, and even though some bad things happen, the mood is overall lighter than in the rather gloomy previous volume.