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Argh, take two, since I completely forgot one (again!) and you can't as far as I know edit a poll after the fact...

Okay, I already know at least some of what I want, but I'm just curious now how others would prioritize. And who knows, maaaaybe it'll even affect what I buy. (Since I do plan to get all these sooner or later, after all. Maybe much later, depending. ^^;;)

But anyhow, if you were prioritizing, which ones would you get first? Choose two or three, or more, or less... however many you want really, but the idea is to at least prioritize somewhat. ;)


Aug. 18th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Okay, now i'm curious about the "Heroes at Risk" book :) What kind of series is it?
Aug. 18th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Ho boy... okay, in this particular world there are horrible natural disasters - earthquakes, hurricanes, whatever, that would make the world pretty much uninhabitable left unchecked.

Luckily for them, there are also Sources and Shields. Sources basically control various natural forces, and can sense these disasters just before they happen, and use "magic" to cause them to dissipate. They would however be torn apart themselves by the forces in return, but that's where the Shields come in - they can create, well, shields of some sort around the Sources, to protect them from the other forces while they're doing their thing.

Shields and Sources also bond to each other - and this can happen "accidentally," so they're pretty much found and kept segregated in their separate academies until they're done their training (and I guess beyond if they don't find a partner during the big ceremony things for that purpose). The there's all the other cultural stuff thrown in - Sources and Shields can't be charged for anything in shops or other services, but they also don't really *own* anything, even really their own lives. They go where they are sent, and pretty much serve the community. And then there's the bond, which causes one of them to die if/when the other does, among other side-effects.

So yeah, the books pretty much revolve around the main character (a Shield) and the... interesting Source she ends up bonded to, and deals with, well, various adventures they find themselves in, as well as going into all the dynamics between the Sources and Shields, each of them and the rest of the world, and so on. There's a lot of societal stuff, some politics, some straight out adventuring... interesting enough, I think. ^^

If you decide you wanna try them out, the first one is Resenting the Hero.
Aug. 18th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Ooohhh, that sounds kinda interesting.

Although the SF geek side of me is now asking, if these natural disasters would make life uninhabitable without the Sources/Shields, how did life/intelligence/civilization evolve in the first place in order to produce the Sources and Shields?

I'll accept "the gods created everything in situ" as an answer, but my general assumption for fantasy books is that everything works the way it does in our world except for the stuff the author specifically says are different.

Of course if the answer to that is something we're supposed to find out as the books progress then i probably don't want to know the answer yet :)
Aug. 18th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Well, it's explained fairly early on, or at least some explanation given, but I'll just leave you to read it if you're thinking of reading anyhow. ^^ Since I can be kinda jumpy about spoilers myself, I'd rather not try to figure out just what you might want told to you in advance, and what not. ^^ Although I don't think it's ever a huge plot point or anything. At least yet.
Aug. 19th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
"Although I don't think it's ever a huge plot point or anything. At least yet."

Okay, now you're just teasing me ;)