Arrows of the Queen

Arrows of the Queen

eBook - 1987
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Talia, a runaway Holdgirl, is chosen to become a trainee herald in the queen's elite guard and to care for young Princess Elspeth, heir to the throne. The sequels are Arrow's Flight (1987) and Arrow's Fall (1988). The author's Last Herald Mage series (Magic's Pawn, 1989; Magic's Price, 1990; and Magic's Promise, 1990), and her Mage Winds trilogy (Winds of Fate, 1991; Winds of Change, 1992; and Winds of Fury, 1993) are set in the same world. The Black Gryphon (1994), written by Lackey and Larry Dixon, is set in Valdemar 1,000 years earlier. Storm Warning (1994) is the first book in the author's Mage Storms trilogy, also set in Valdemar. Annotation. Talia, a young runaway, is made a herald at the royal court after she rescues one of the legendary Companions. When she uncovers a plot to seize the throne, Talia must use her empathic powers to save the queen. Talia, a trainee Herald, must use her untried psychic and empathic powers to protect the Queen of Valdemar and her child from a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy the kingdom.
Publisher: New York : DAW Books, Inc., ©1987.
ISBN: 9781101497371
1101497378
9781101497272
1101497270
Characteristics: 1 online resource (320 pages).
Summary: Talia, a runaway Holdgirl, is chosen to become a trainee herald in the queen's elite guard and to care for young Princess Elspeth, heir to the throne. The sequels are Arrow's Flight (1987) and Arrow's Fall (1988). The author's Last Herald Mage series (Magic's Pawn, 1989; Magic's Price, 1990; and Magic's Promise, 1990), and her Mage Winds trilogy (Winds of Fate, 1991; Winds of Change, 1992; and Winds of Fury, 1993) are set in the same world. The Black Gryphon (1994), written by Lackey and Larry Dixon, is set in Valdemar 1,000 years earlier. Storm Warning (1994) is the first book in the author's Mage Storms trilogy, also set in Valdemar. Annotation. Talia, a young runaway, is made a herald at the royal court after she rescues one of the legendary Companions. When she uncovers a plot to seize the throne, Talia must use her empathic powers to save the queen. Talia, a trainee Herald, must use her untried psychic and empathic powers to protect the Queen of Valdemar and her child from a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy the kingdom.

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samesfoley
Jul 01, 2017

I read Arrows of the Queen for the first time approximately 4 years ago and this was my second time with it. I wanted to reread it so I could continue with the series. Unfortunately, it ended up having the opposite effect. The writing needed a lot of polishing and I'm surprised I enjoyed it so much the first time around, but the plot had probably grabbed me too hard for me to notice it.

The main character, Talia, was kind of a Mary Sue (perfect in every way, essentially no faults); the other characters weren't very well-developed; the main romance felt really forced and completely random; the pacing of the story itself was jerky and weird. On the plus side, the world-building was good, the concept was really interesting, and there were several women loving women!!! It wasn't completely without its merits, but it just wasn't really an enjoyable read for me.

SaraLovesBooks Oct 10, 2016

A good solid start to what became an amazing career. Arrows of the Queen is not my favorite of the books of Mercedes Lackey, but it does do a great job of introducing the world of Valdemar and the Heralds that Lackey became known for. I would recommend starting here for her books, since it's the one that solidly introduces concepts and ideas that Lackey expands on in her later books.

BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 30, 2014

Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the BPL Teen Blog on 8/14/2012.

This is the story of thirteen-year-old Talia who is given an ultimatum by her people: either give her life to the Goddess and become a cloistered young woman, or get married and produce as many children as she can to keep the population going in their rough environment. Talia wants neither one. What she wants is to become a Herald, someone with magical gifts, who helps the people of the land in all matters that are important. Because her people dislike Heralds, Talia doesn’t understand what it means when Companion Rolan chooses her to become his Herald. (A Companion is a horse with special powers that bind them to their Heralds.) However, once Rolan takes her to the Collegium, she learns a lot more about herself than she ever knew possible. She also discovers people who aren’t abusive like her own family, and begins to trust others and herself, until bullies trying to keep her from becoming the Queen’s Advisor, called Queen’s Own.

This is the first book in a trilogy and I have to say I read this faster than almost any of the others on my summer reading list. The first three quarters of the book fly by like nothing. It keeps you engaged and wondering what will happen next with each turn of the page. The last quarter of the book I felt was a simple summary of her second two years of schooling, where the author told us what was happening rather than showed, using the characters actions. I can’t speak for the second and third books in the series yet, but I’m hoping that they will make up for the rushed ending of this first book.

Once I read the next two books, I’ll be sure to review them all for those of you who might be interested. The second book is called Arrow’s Flight and the third book is called Arrow’s Fall.

wolfoneaj Jun 16, 2011

The book shown as Arrows of the Queen is not the right book. This book says The Book of years. Please fix.

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