Arrows of the Queen

Arrows of the Queen Follows the adventures of Talia as she trains to become a Herald of Valdemar in the first book in the classic epic fantasy Arrows trilogyChosen by the Companion Rolan a mystical horse like being with

Follows the adventures of Talia as she trains to become a Herald of Valdemar in the first book in the classic epic fantasy Arrows trilogyChosen 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 Queen s own elite guard For Talia has certain awakening talentFollows the adventures of Talia as she trains to become a Herald of Valdemar in the first book in the classic epic fantasy Arrows trilogyChosen 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 Queen 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 abilities, time is running out For conspiracy is brewing in Valdemar, a deadly treason that 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.

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  1. Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972 During the late 70 s she worked as an artist s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music I m a storyteller that s what I see as my job My stories come out of my characters how those characters would react to the given situation Maybe that s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty odd One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of story pill they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing that is, fantasy, set in an other world semi medieval atmosphere Music is very important to medieval peoples bards are the chief newsbringers When I write the folk music of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not I began writing out of boredom I continue out of addiction I can t not write, and as a result I have no social life I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a high tech science fiction writer I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as free lunch , credited to Robert Heinlein to magic, for instance in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians And I try to make all of my characters, even the evil magicians, something than flat stereotypes Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water There s no such thing as one, true way the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself leave the world better than you found it Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good they re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race Also writes as Misty LackeyAuthor s website

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  1. I ve read a lot of fantasy, and I ve spent a lot of time looking for fantasy that won t disappoint When fantasy disappoints me, it usually does so predictably either the world is poorly built, the entire story is derivative, it is filled with creepy repressed sexuality, or the Hat Trick.An equestrian friend of mine suggested this series it was one of her favorites However, her suggestion was somewhat tentative She had previously passed Eragon and Eye of the World along to me, which are so deriva [...]

  2. A young boy girl named Harry Potter Talia had a very bad childhood until Hagrid Rolan came and took him her to the wizard school Collegium where he she studies, makes some friends and some enemies By the way, I am sorry for comparing a half giant Hagrid to a highly intelligent magical horse Rolan.Despite all of the similarities to Harry Potter and there are than those I mentioned already, this book is not one of the countless Harry Potter clones For once it was written exactly ten years before [...]

  3. A friend gave me this book for my birthday and am I ever glad I didn t pay money for it I rather wish he d just given me a Barnes Noble gift card instead.From a purely technical perspective, this is possibly the worst published book I ve ever read From an emotional standpoint, this comes in a close third after some horrible book whose title I cannot recall, and Frankenstein.But back to Arrows of the Queen Good grief.The highlights 1 I am forced to put the plot as the first casualty, as the autho [...]

  4. When I was a kid and my father was out of town for work, my mom and I got to have sleepovers in the big bed We would curl up with our pillows stacked behind our backs and read books and eat ice cream and fall asleep whenever we wanted to I loved it And, unsurprisingly, the tradition continued on until I left home One particular time I remember it was a Friday night and I was fourteen and my mom and I went to the base library to see what we could find I wandered down the aisles and stopped when m [...]

  5. Executive Summary This book is super trope heavy and not always the best written, but I found it a light, fun, quick read that seemed to suit my current mood 3.5 stars.Full ReviewI ve heard of Mercedes Lackey, but none of her books had made it onto my to ever growing to read pile If not for Sword Laser I probably never would have read this.This is one of those books that read at a different point, I might have been bored by I ve been a bit burnt out on reading lately and this seemed to hit the s [...]

  6. I ve always vaguely known about Mercedes Lackey s work, but rarely read any, so this was my first experience with Valdemar I m aware that there are tons of problematic things about Mercedes Lackey s body of work, though I haven t looked at details Still, Arrows of the Queen is a book I wish I d had when I was younger It has a couple of queer characters, who are treated pretty much like the other characters okay, things aren t all rosy for them, but not for other characters, either And the main c [...]

  7. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Talia is not like normal 13 year old girls She likes to read adventure stories and she fantasizes about being a Herald for the queen of Valdemar She does not want to get married to one of the dreary men in her village So, when a Companion one of the blue eyed white horses who belongs to a Herald shows up without a rider, Talia is happy to help him find his way home and stunned to learn that she s been chosen to be trained as a Herald.Published in 1987, Arr [...]

  8. Reread in 2015 just because This book introduces the reader to what I consider a sort of proto Valdemar It s the author s first book of the series, her first novel entirely if I remember correctly, and after having read some of her later works, I can say that it shows It s not quite as polished and refined as what she writes later on down the road, but the seeds of an expansive world are sown here and it s interesting to see.It isn t very action heavy, so those looking to this as a sword and sor [...]

  9. I absolutely ADORED this book I wanted to give it five starsBut how can I when I m so effing mad that view spoiler Talia won t end up with Skif I know that Dirk saw her first and that usually is a good indicator of who the real love interest is, but still Skif spent so much time with Talia, was a developed character I feel like Dirk just suddenly appeared out of nowhere, he doesn t get any page time until the end And I am going to admit I m pretty shallow when it comes to the heroes in my fanta [...]

  10. This was the first Valdemar book that I read, which was sort of fortuitous since it was the first book about the world that Mercedes Lackey wrote It isn t my favorite Kero s tale has that honor , but it comes very very close.I re read this book and the rest of the trilogy probably about once a year, and I never get tired of them.Don t be fooled by the childish looking covers, this trilogy deals with some VERY adult themes child abuse, death, torture, sex, war, rape, murder but it does it in a wa [...]

  11. Talia is a peasant girl who yearns to be than a brood mare She wants books and adventure Alas, all she has to look forward to is years of abuse and hard labor But then A sparkly magical white horse comes by The Companion the shiny psychic horse takes her to Valdemar, an idyllic kingdom where a wise, hard working, common sensical queen rules Training montage Everyone thinks Talia is the bestest evar Talia is a bit like Alanna, except infuriatingly humble.

  12. Solid feel good fantasy about a young woman coming of age Strongly reminiscent of Alanna The First Adventure and Dragonsinger for me.

  13. My partner has been working on a fantasy world for a while now, and one of these days he might actually put all of his scraps of paper together into a cohesive story I love this, and I keep urging him to keep at it one of the ways I encourage him is to ask him about his world which then sets him off on an hour long discussion about some very important yet seemingly small details about something that happened in this world a thousand years ago.We got to talking about his main character, a female, [...]

  14. Otro para la lista de libros entretenidos que me habr an gustado m s con doce a os, pero que a esa edad no habr a empezado ni muerta Me imagino la cara que hubiese puesto si me llegan a dar entonces un libro sobre una chica especial y su caballo m gico tel pata y me entra la risa En fin, est bien aunque no sea su p blico objetivo.

  15. 3 1 2 stars Arrows of the Queen was a light little fantasy read that I truly wish I had picked up when I was younger it was exactly the sort of story I used to day dream about This is no mind blowing piece of work, but it definitely had enough to keep me enchanted despite its many clich s This was also very clearly a set up book, and I have faith that the rest of the series and works of Lackey improve in writing and in plot Probably my least favorite part about this book were how many characters [...]

  16. Talia wants one thing in life and that s to become a herald and ride their magic horses like in the stories she reads, but she lives in a village where virtually everything is forbidden to women When she is announced to be married at the young age of 13 she panics, flees and miraculously comes upon a magical white horse in the forest, who whisks her away to become the very thing she s dreamed of, although she doesn t realize it just yet After arriving at the Collegium she trains for the next 3 o [...]

  17. When I was younger, I would say in my early teens, my friends read all of the Mercedes Lackey books they could get their eyes on Because I didn t listento audio books at the time I only read Braille when I could be bothered to read, that is, I didn t get to read these books and what a series I missed,but I m catching up now and am delighted to do so the NLS annotation is below.Talia lives on the borders of the kingdom in an isolated, grim hold She knows little about the outside world except for [...]

  18. Actually this book is better than a 3but it s not really a 4 It s a well written book about a, are you ready Young hero who s miserable, abused and unappreciated at home, until duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, DAAAAA, one of the chosen Yes gasp she s to be a Herald So you get the picture The young protagonist who s had a hard to miserable childhood youth and then gets called away to be a hero heroine Still my sense of humor aside it s a well written book and the young protagonist is appealing [...]

  19. Oh my god This book was so fucking stupid I can t believe I finished it I ve been on a streak of bad books lately but this one takes the cake ARROWS OF THE QUEEN has absolutely no plot, no plot points, no character development, no climax, and overall nothing good about it I am not even over exaggerating.Here s what happens in the story Talia gets welcomed into a royal castle and becomes a part of the Queen s army She then goes to classes every day and talks to people inside the castle s gates to [...]

  20. 4.5 Stars Talia has never fitted into her home, she dream of adventures and not the bland drudgery and abuse that she lives with When she realises the future planned for her by those in her household she blindly runs only to found by a Companion the fabled steeds of the Heralds who serve the Queen as messengers and warriors, not wanting to go back to her home Talia decides to take the Companion back to the Queen and see where fate may take her This is the first Mercedes Lackey book I have read b [...]

  21. I would give this a 1.5 if I could because I did enjoy the beginning of this book, if nothing else I was sorely disappointed with this book, as I am a fan of Mercedes Lackey s other books This novel seemed rushed, as if the only reason for it was to set the scene for the next novel in the series The beginning seemed promising I was truly interested in following this girl s journey However, it quickly degenerated into something barely readable Much of this girl s life was glossed over When someth [...]

  22. Today this book gets dumped into the YA category, which is probably wrong YA is a relatively new definition and, at least to me, refers to a much older age category This books target audience seems to be young teen or even pre teen If I wwere a REAL young adult and somebody gave me this book and said this book s for you , I would feel pretty insulted.That aside, it s not a bad book It s all very sparkly, goody, goody fun but reading it as an adult I kept feeling that there was going to be a twis [...]

  23. Quite obviously a first book, it reminded me a bit of Pern I really enjoyed it, though I recognize its faults and that it was kind of simple It reminded me of why I love fantasy and what got me into the genre to begin with I only wish I found it earlier I m going to read the next two books in the trilogy Maybe I ll write something in depth later, but this is mostly it while I m on the iPad One thing I found interesting was that this book didn t have the traditional story arc that I m used to Th [...]

  24. This book put me in pigtails I read this with the joy of finally getting around to a Mercedes Lackey title Her two rolls of novels on the library shelve was extremely intimidating, and a barrier from my adding her to my TBR pile But it is good to show some love to a writer who wrote in such a timely manner, as opposed to the latest tend of a book every five or seven year The book had a nice pace, taking a young girl from a bad situation to a magical place with a super powered horse It sounds sup [...]

  25. I absolutely adored all of Lackey s Valdemar novels when I was an adolescent, but a lot of them are a little too emo for me now I still truly enjoy her first trilogy, the Arrows of the Queen, despite the fact that it shows Lackey s inexperience I often feel that an author s first book is frequently his or her best, and I believe this to be true of Lackey.Talia and Dirk were always my favorite characters in all of Lackey s books, and this trilogy is the only series they are featured in They both [...]

  26. Really solid fantasy story The overall concept of and world building were nice for such a short story It really felt like Lackey packed in a ton without it feeling too info dumpy or rushed I thought the best part of the story was Talia, which can be rare ish with fantasy stories for me Main characters in fantasy are sometimes reallyuninteresting They tend to blur together Talia was great though, such a distinct character, which I always always always appreciate She wasn t the usual fiery type, s [...]

  27. So, the thing about re reading a beloved favorite book for the first time in, let s be honest, almost a decade ugg, how am I old enough to write that sentence , is that sometimes they re not quite as good as your remember I read Arrows of the Queen for the first time my freshman year of high school and promptly gave my copy to the bf, who was the one who bought the copies of the books I m now reading, fourteen years later, full circle baby oh dear, it s going to be one of those reviews, I should [...]

  28. Another blanket review, this one for all Arrows books The rating is from my 12 year old self, and she emphatically recommends them to all 12 year old girls who lean toward fantasy Being a horse crazy preteen, I was, of course, ALL about these first Valdemar books Insanely so They re far accessible than the Pern books, the language isn t as stilted or formal, the plotlines aren t utterly simplistic, but neither are they so convoluted as to be impenetrable to a 12 year old The characters were clo [...]

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