Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar Series #1)

Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar Series #1)

by Mercedes Lackey
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Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 155 reviews.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
I love most of Lackey's Valdemar books--my favorites are the three about Vanyel published after the three books began with this novel, but this novel is what started the series and makes a good introduction to Lackey, whose novels often fall into this pattern: unappreciated teen leaves home to find their destiny among comrades who become her true family--think McCaffrey's Harper Hall novels. Talia is an appealing heroine and I like how she grows in confidence in these novels. I loved this book as a teen, and in a fit of nostalgia reread them recently, and found they still hold up. Also like those novels of McCaffrey, the Valdemar novels revolved a strong bond between a human and magical creature--in these case seeming horses that are full partners. The series continues in Arrows Flight and concludes in Arrows Fall.
PappyEB More than 1 year ago
Fun to reread an "old timer". This series proved very interesting without too much need for deep thought. Just a fund to read.
Rileys-Mom More than 1 year ago
One of Lackey's VERY BEST Valdemar series . . . I read this trilogy when I was about 16 yrs. old and have read it many times since. I just purchased the Magic's Promise Trilogy on eBook & was extremely disappointed when I couldn't get this trilogy via ebook as well. I sure hope the publishers get in tune with the times & start making the older books available as ebooks & sooner rather than later . . .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey, YOU RULE. I LOVED this series. I was also really happy to discover that Elspeth has a series of her own, and Talia is in it some. I LOVE THIS GIRL. If you don't read this book, you will seriously be missing out.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Fast moving, light adventure. Nice beginning to the series.
Anonymous 3 months ago
A++++
Anonymous 4 months ago
I couldn't put it down
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anne_jindra More than 1 year ago
She was young and oppressed. She lived in a Border country where the women married young and the men were dominant to the point of cruelty. Not all of them, but still... The Border was a hard place, you worked your whole life and stole moments of leisure- until you had a family, then even those were sacrificed to your husband and children. The moment her marriage is announced is the moment her life is over. Thankfully there's another woman who has also stuck out her whole life, a guardian angel... a white horse. Literally. Talia is Chosen by a Companion and brought to the capital where she is able to help fix the problems of Valdemar. As a Herald she is a judge and jury. But her past leaves her enormous gift of empathy unstable and repressed and her job as the Queen's Companion is so far outside of her experience that the culture shock leaves her lost and alone. She's sent on her first mission with a mentor who has heard and believed the gossip wars against her and it hammers at her, proving him right- and wrong. A near divine intervention causes a snow storm and he is forced to face what he's doing to her, and it wakes the Herald in him, driving him to finally do his job. He teaches her all of the mediation techniques that she lacked due to the absence of a teacher, helps her learn control over her mind magic, and so much more. But her past follows her, and her future will need her to be stronger than she appears. Can she bend, and not break? https://badfantasyrx.blogspot.com/2016/09/learn-to-meditate-arrows-of-queen.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite series
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Great series in a magical land.
uss71832 More than 1 year ago
I remember picking up this book for the first time in a college bookstore and before I left the store I was hooked. Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors and this was the one that started it all!!
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Unlike the previous reviewer, I do not find that this book holds up well to later reading. I would think a young audience would still enjoy this story, but since I an no longer young enough to admire such blatant wish fulfillment, I could only see the very numerous flaws. I found Talia to be the quintessential cookie-cutter Lackey young heroine, so terribly worthy and unappreciated by her family or employers. Yawn.At her moment of crisis, who should appear but the very Companion she has been dreaming of? Sigh. Comeon, at least make the annoying little twit work for it a bit. Ugh,, just ugh.
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