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.
Definitely worth reading.
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.
I bought this book and the 2nd one in the series to ease my mind during a plane trip to San Francisco (plus a stop off in Detroit). I didn't really expect to like these books...but I did. At least, they don't stimulate your brain very much, but it's a pleasant enough read.
Is some of the plot implausible? Sure. Is some of the dialogue unbelievable? At times, yes. But I found myself overlooking those things and enjoying the story anyway.
Will I read this book again? Probably not, unless I take another long plane ride somewhere...
A wonderful book! Talia breaks free of her opressively restrictive family to become a Herald--Valdemar's messengers, defenders of justice, and all-around heroes. She faces adventures and danger and overcoming her own mistrust of others with the help of her magical Companion, Rolan.
Ahh... the first Mercedes Lackey book I ever read... and what a great one it is. I've re-read numerous times over the years and it remains to be one of my favorite books.