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Arrow's Flight (The Heralds of Valdemar, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1987
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Praise for the Arrows Trilogy:
“Beautifully written.... Shows a sure touch with the wonder and adventure that characterize the best fantasy writers.” —RT Reviews
“Lackey has created a complex, interesting world.” —American Fantasy Magazine
“The story is well told, and the major characters are well-drawn. As a whole, the trilogy offers evidence of Lackey’s...potential to become a major figure in the field.” —Booklist
“So well-crafted you’ll want read it an entire night. The Heralds are all people you know, or wish you knew.” —OtherRealms
“The kind of novel that belongs on every fantasy lover’s bookshelf…carefully wrought, entertaining reading by a brilliant and dedicated author.” —Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.
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Talia has just gotten her Whites at the beginning of this book, and is ready to set forth on her internship with Herald Kris as her adviser and mentor. She has come a long way from the frightened little farm girl she was at the beginning of the first book, though she still has a good deal to learn regarding the need to trust those who are there to help her, and to accept the help that they can give when needed instead of walling herself off and trying to deal with things on her own. Such has been a continuing problem for her, and while one would have thought she'd have learned her lesson about it by now, it pretty quickly becomes evident that she hasn't quite once she and Kris set out. It's not really that she has any inflated opinions of herself or her capabilities, but rather that she is afraid of disappointing her friends and colleagues, and is still wont to fall back upon the distrusting and independent ways she learned as a child among the Holderkin when personal crisis strikes. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that she receives yet another rather pointed lesson in why she needs to trust her fellow Heralds and let them help her when she finds herself in over her head with something. Thankfully, by the end of this book, she does seem to have finally learned that lesson.
In the overall scheme of things, this story steps away from the larger plots of the trilogy and extended series, though it doesn't forget them entirely. A few more crucial parts of the background to the tapestry that's being woven are laid in here, though the main focus stays squarely on Talia and the trials she faces during her year and a half on the road with Kris. Vicious rumors, personal catastrophe, an epic blizzard, her first taste of battle, and murder all figure into the tale and all contribute to Talia's growth as a Herald and as a woman. Through it all, enough ominous signs of an impending showdown of some sort can be seen to thoroughly whet the appetite for the final book in the trilogy.