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Arrows of the Queen ( The Heralds of Valdemar, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – March 3, 1987
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Chosen 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 Queens'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 which 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.
Cover art by Jody A. Lee
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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I found Arrows of the Queen not to be quite as compelling as Vanyel's story, yet I quite enjoyed it. Talia is a strong character whose quirks and personality drew me in.
Though some readers may find the concept of Heralds and Companions a little saccharine, they are not without their challenges and difficulties. These are good people overall, but they do have flaws. One of Talia's, related to her upbringing as Holderkin, only increases her difficulties once she arrives at Haven. That's one thing I enjoy about Lackey's writing and characterization, particularly with her MCs and important POV characters: She weaves their histories into their personalities in such a way that the former deeply play into the latter.
Lackey's worldbuilding is superb, if a little unimaginative as a typical European-type backdrop. Everything his vividly described, though, giving the reader an excellent picture of the characters' surroundings. The author is neither purple nor miserly with these descriptions, often providing precisely enough to bring the surroundings just the right amount of clarity as the scene progresses instead of in gigantic clumps of exposition that detract from the story.
I also like how Lackey in the course of this book sets up the basis of one of the primary conflicts in the next book. She does this so well, I didn't spot what she was doing the first time I read the books. Everything Talia does and experiences as a Herald Trainee makes sense, is reasonable, and everything seems to be included. She's too busy trying to survive harassment and gain access to Princess Elspeth to realize anything is wrong, and her mentors are understandably clueless due to their own busy lives.
This is another book I'd happily suggest to someone seeking a "gateway" into fantasy. With its vivid worldbuilding, reasonable conflicts for the MC, and skilled characterization, it's one of the best books I can think of for introducing a reader to fantasy.
It all begins with young Talia, a wisp of a girl who loves to sneak horseback riding and reading into her chores, acts almost unthinkably useless to her parents and fellow Holderfolk inhabitants, girls after all should either marry off or live at the temple, both options are visions of horror for young Talia for she has bigger dreams, ones that make no sense to the simple but quite brute people she lives with. So running away to save her freedom doesn't seem too scary when it happens and luckily she meets Rolan. He is a snow white horse, one who's velvety nuzzle makes her completely melt in his presence, one that looks like an important animal, one she recognizes form her reading about warriors and the evil creatures who pursue them, suddenly her life feels like one of the books she reads, unfortunately with heroism comes danger, and with danger comes death. When Talia tries to return the horse to the collegium that houses the queen, heralds and important figures she realizes that this was no chance meeting, Rolan picked her because he felt something special about her, something that will change her life forever and help determine the future of the whole kingdom. Talia has a choice to make, she can stay but the price can equal her mortality, the new life she can enter is rewarding but dangerous and it has claimed many young and bright ones before her. She will have to face her heart and soul to find the right path for her, luckily she has Rolan, after all how can such a gorgeous creature hurt her.
I don't want to spoil too much but this was simply marvelous, I loved the book, it was such an easy and wonderful read that it felt like pure pleasure and not ever bit chore like ( for those new to this genre) some fantasy books can be overwhelming but this was straight dessert. Few parts moved me to tears, for some reason I felt not only attached to Talia but to her horse as well, Lackey had done an incredible job in her first book, she's someone who truly loves what she does, it really shows and I hits the reader back, I'm ready for more!
- Kasia S.
Lackey's story is full of honor, compassion, and companionship. It's friendship, it's fellowship, and it's finding family in others. This book is heart warming, consoling, and a damn good read if you find yourself in need of a pick me up.
Go buy the trilogy right now. You will not regret it.