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Arrows of the Queen (Valdemar: Arrows of the Queen #1)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  23,349 ratings  ·  573 reviews
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.
ebook, 228 pages
Published March 1st 1987 by Daw Books (first published 1987)
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Kate This is the first one in her Heralds of Valdamar series. All of her other books in this universe spin off this book. There are a few (exiles…moreThis is the first one in her Heralds of Valdamar series. All of her other books in this universe spin off this book. There are a few (exiles honor/valor and such) that are prequels but these were the first written. My suggestion would be read these first by the sword, mage winds, mage storms, exile books, then the rest can be read pretty much in any order. (You don't have to read the owl books series with the res of them and this is the best series out of them all in my opinion) Happy reading!(less)

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J.G. Keely
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 d
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 more than those I mentioned already, this book is not one of the countless Harry Potter clones. For once it was written exactly ten y
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 w ...more
Abigail Parks
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
Kat  Hooper
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 19
I absolutely ADORED this book. I wanted to give it five stars...

But how can I when I'm so effing mad that (view spoiler)
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 i
Ugh, what? Get outta here.
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 ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Crystal rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-hard Mercedes Lackey fans only
Shelves: fantasy
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 ...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Actually this book is better than a 3...but 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 protagonis
(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
Talia is a peasant girl who yearns to be more than a brood-mare. She wants books and adventure! Alas, all she has to look forward to is years of more 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.
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 b
This book was my first fantasy read since Harry Potter. It painted an amazing picture that had elements of magic, but not so much that it made the plotline unbelievable. Talya's transformation from quiet shy adolescent child too confident young woman was Not only believable but extraordinary. Magic came in the form of magical horses which was very appealing to me as I was horse crazy since I was a young kid. This book left you in a state of wonder as to what may happen next. I can't wait to see ...more
Drew The Reviewer
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 g
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 s ...more
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Melissa Pack
Aug 29, 2011 Melissa Pack rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Melissa by: My mom
This was the very first book of her's that I ever read...and it has changed my life. There's no other way to describe the impact this book has had on me. Since reading this book I have discovered a world that has taken me places I have never dreamed of. Arrow's Of The Queen introduced the world of Valdemar to me and many other worlds since then. I have read the entire Valdemar series dozens of times and each time it's like reading a new book all over again. I find new things to love about it eac ...more
Pam Baddeley
A coming of age story that reads for the most part as if it's written for pre-teens. Not like a lot of Mercedes Lackey's fantasy novels which tend to be very overwritten and with lots of angst between the lovelorn and generally doomed characters. This one's more lively about a 13 year old girl from a very misogynistic and insular society who is 'chosen' by one of the intelligent horses, known as Companions, and undergoes training in the very important role of Queen's Own Herald (yes, all those t ...more
Recommended for: preteens obsessed with horses, emotionally troubled teenagers

I have been rereading some of the books I read as a kid, but have completely forgotten after being bonked on the head. As I read the first half of the book, all I could think was "Wow. This lady knows exactly what she is doing." It is perfectly written to appeal to a lonely child. As an adult, I know that relationships derive their meaning (in part) from the time we put into them. A lonely child, however, will latch on
Xara Niouraki
I really enjoyed this book. The reason I gave it only 3 stars is that sometimes the writing and the story are a little too simple and you can tell the writer is inexperienced. That and the huge cliche of the small, miserable child, who gets chosen for a grand destiny.
May 06, 2015 Inge rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Inge by: Catherine Ford
Shelves: didnt-finish, fantasy
DNF 24%

I just wasn't feeling it at all. Everything went too smoothly and everything seemed perfect, and I couldn't get into the story. I'm sure it's me, but... not my thing.

I'm sorry, Cathy!
Rachel Barnes
Oh, Mercedes Lackey, how do I love thee, and thou Valdemar universe? Let me count the ways… if the stories continue to be as fabulous as The Last Herald Mage series and now this first in The Heralds of Valdemar series, I shall be reading each and every book set in this world (so let me count the ways? There are 30 books to read).

We return to the magical kingdom of Valdemar in this first installment of The Heralds of Valdemar trilogy, where we meet young Talia, a veritable farm girl living in the
So my sister is called Talia and it was more than a little weird to read a book where they mention her name like every other sentence. I'd constantly be like, WAIT NO THIS ISN'T MY TALIA WHO IS THIS WHAT IS GOING ON?!? But I got used to it after about 50 pages. But it still kept pulling me out of the story heh.

BUT OH MAN BESIDES THAT, I LOVE THIS WORLD BUILDING HOLY CRAP!!! Lackey also acknowledges trauma and mental hurt from abusive families and the long term effect it can have on children. Man
Talia has always been an outsider in her own patriarchal, strictly structured community. She doesn't want to be married, doesn't want to follow the rules of a brutish husband and instead wants to learn and explore and contribute to something greater than herself. She wants to be a Herald in the court of the queen.

And, luckily, she is chosen to do just that. Rolan, a sentient magical horse rescues her and whisks her to the Collegium to learn to be a Herald, learn to use her gift of Empathy and l
Adolescent female wish-fulfillment ftw.

Just to get it out of the way - this book is not well written. It's chock full of telling-not-showing and extraneous adverbs. It lacks narrative structure. Our heroine is unbelievably gifted and also under-appreciated in that way that adolescent readers really relate to. Except not really, because everyone loves the living crap out of her (she just doesn't realize it). Its lack of technical proficiency is actually kind of endearing, in that it reminds me o
I was really torn between two and three stars. I remember loving this book in high school and really connecting with Talia. I remember feeling very intrigued by empathy being a "gift". Even after figuring out that I wasn't as into Mercedes Lackey anymore, this book still held a special place in my heart.

So you can imagine that I was incredibly disappointed with this read through. I remember having certain thoughts when I was younger. Why didn't I know that Cheryl was into Keren until I suddenly
Barbara Bush
This book was on my receipt with recommendations I got after purchasing the latest in britain's green rider series. For me to write a review on how bad a book was...that has never happened- until now.
I think Abigail (below reviews) hit the nail on the head. It was a poorly written book with almost no plot. I kept waiting for there to be a point to the story. I feel like maybe this book strayed to far from original idea. I was under the impression it was all about taming the queen's bratty chil
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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 &a ...more
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Valdemar: Arrows of the Queen (3 books)
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  • Arrow's Fall (Heralds of Valdemar, #3)

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