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Arrows of the Queen - Heralds of Valdemar, Bk 1 Author:Mercedes Lackey Chosen by the Companion Rolan, a mystical horse-like being with powers beyond imagining, Talia, once a runaway, has now become a trainee Herald, destined to become one of the Queens's own elite guard. For Talia has certain awakening talents of the mind that only a Companion like Rolan can truly sense. But as Talia struggles to master her unique ... more »abilities, time is running out. For conspiracy is brewing in Valdemar, a deadly treason which could destroy Queen and kingdom. Opposed by unknown enemies capable of both diabolical magic and treacherous assassination, the Queen must turn to Talia and the Heralds for aid in protecting the realm and insuring the future of the queen's heir, a child already in danger of becoming bespelled by the Queen's own foes.« less
I have loved this book since I was a teen. I've read it a couple of times since and I'm not a type to read books more than a once. I've even passed them on to my girls and they enjoyed the series. Don't stop with "Arrows" series... there are others that are great. Leave me a note if you want suggestions of which.
An interesting read. Pretty typical of Mercedes Lackey--strong female character, lots of magic.
The main character, Talia, runs away from an arranged marriage at the age of thirteen. She's then Chosen by a magical companion and becomes a Herald, learning to use her telepathic abilities to protect the kingdom.
Another in Lackey's history of Valdemar. Very good swords and sorcery.
Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
Rachel F. reviewed Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, Bk 1) on
I was recommended this book as an introduction to Valdemar, and I wasn't impressed. Talia is a glaring Mary Sue, Lackey has a tendency to tell everything and show nothing, the worldbuilding uses far too many Capital Letters to describe Important Things and far too much handwaving, and if there was a plot I didn't notice it. It was a fun read for a few days, and I kept hoping it would get better, but it never did. Not the worst book I've ever read, but a disappointment overall.
I loved this book! It has a great protagonist, and even though I'm no longer thirteen I definitely connected with her; this books could be great for a wide range of audiences. The plot can be somewhat stagnant at times, but since it is the first in a trilogy, I expect the next two books to have much more action. This book seemed like it was an introduction into the characters that will be written about more in the next 2 books. At any rate, I definitely think this series will be one of my favorites of the Valdemar novels, and I can't wait to read the next two!