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

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  26,535 Ratings  ·  709 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
Oct 20, 2014 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Evgeny by: Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Shelves: fantasy
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
Aug 22, 2009 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 29, 2014 Abigail Parks rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

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I’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
Feb 28, 2016 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt
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 ...more
Kat  Hooper
Mar 01, 2011 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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.

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Jun 08, 2013 ❀angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, romance
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)
Jun 22, 2007 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Mar 15, 2016 C.W. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 13, 2014 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, what? Get outta here.
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 femal
(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
Feb 20, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Solid feel-good fantasy about a young woman coming of age. Strongly reminiscent of Alanna: The First Adventure and Dragonsinger for me.
Sep 05, 2010 Flint rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
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
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
Suzanne (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
Oct 26, 2011 Crystal rated it did not like it  ·  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
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
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 more 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' ...more
Stephen Richter
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 sound ...more
Jun 07, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young_adult, fantasy
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
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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Drew The Reviewer
Apr 06, 2015 Drew The Reviewer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melissa Pack
Aug 29, 2011 Melissa Pack rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Apr 07, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 27, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
Typical sort of "young adolescent who has a tough life and cruel family discovers they have a special gift and is whisked away to become some sort of special mage/wizard/healer/warrior" book, but certainly enjoyable, and I like having a young girl be the protagonist. It was compelling enough that I continued to the sequels and I would revisit the universe when I have time.

Edit: First read in 2011, re-read April 2015 and enjoyed it just as much despite having well worn tropes. They get reused bec
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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 &am ...more
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Valdemar: Arrows of the Queen (3 books)
  • Arrow's Flight (Heralds of Valdemar, #2)
  • Arrow's Fall (Heralds of Valdemar, #3)

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