Arrow's Fall (Heralds of Valdemar, #3)
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Arrow's Fall (Valdemar (Chronological))

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With Elspeth, the heir to the throne of Valdemar, come of marriageable age, Talia, the Queen's Own Herald returns to court to find Queen and heir beset by diplomatic intrigue as various forces vie for control of Elspeth's future.

But just as Talia is about to uncover the traitor behind all these intrigues, she is sent off on a mission to the neighboring kingdom, chosen by t

Paperback, 319 pages
Published January 5th 1988 by DAW (first published 1988)
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This actually is about all three of the books, but I figure you've probably read the first two before getting to this one.

Once, just once, I’d like to read a fantasy novel wherein the young protagonist doesn’t make everything one hundred percent worse by not telling someone in authority that there is a problem.

Take Arrows of the Queen, the first book in Mercedes Lackey’s The Heralds of Valdemar series. The protagonist, a young girl named Talia, is Chosen by one of the co...more
I loved this last installment to the Heralds of Valdemar series. That’s pretty much all I have to say – it’s a tie for my favorite book out of all three (the tie being with the first).

I think Mercedes Lackey read my previous reviews, because the pacing went up by a considerable amount. There were only a few places in the text where the plot lagged, and even when it did, I could see why it was written that way. Elspeth grew a lot this novel, I think, despite the meager amount that was written abo...more
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This was by far my favorite book in the trilogy. The fact that just when I thought I had things figured out the author threw me an unexpected ccurve ball that had me on the edge of my seat waiting to se how the characters interacted to both the events and reacted to one another.This book ripped my heart out and slowly mended it back together with it's romance, tragedy, and even sometimes humor. Just as talia seemed to be getting comfortable in her skin and position the unexpected happened and I...more
Growing up my mom was always reading several books at once, usually biographies / autobiographies or other things that I deemed "serious" reading along with those cheap grocery-store checkout-aisle romance novels with the red covers. She called those her "candy novels"- little substance, quick and enjoyable reads, but they don't quite fill you up intellectually.
No offense intended, but Mercedes Lackey provides my "candy novels". The writing, plot line, character development and other literary el...more
Jeremy Preacher
This is the strongest book in the trilogy, I think - the stakes are raised significantly, and there is some resolution to the major plot threads. The writing is again better than before. It's still flawed, though. The not-talking-to-each-other problem takes up the first third of the book, and is tedious in the extreme. The rape and torture in the middle third feels a bit... not gratuitous, exactly, but cheap, like Lackey couldn't think of a non-obvious way to heighten the tension. And the pacing...more
The last part of Talia’s story. She finally gets back to Haven to serve as Queen’s Own Herald, and try to work her love life out. She’s lifebonded to the homeliest of the Heralds, but he resists because he can’t believe she loves him, especially since she just spent a year with the handsomest Herald. There’s trouble over the border with Hardorn—the prince has sent a marriage proposal for Elspeth, heir to the throne—but the queen is wary because of her own history. She married a younger son of an...more
This, along with Arrows of the Queen, is one of those books that I go back to whenever I have a gap in my reading and an afternoon or so to fill, not wanting to dig into anything more substantial. It's a satisfying end to the trilogy, while still leaving the way for the series that she wrote about Valdemar after that. Elspeth's story in the Winds and Storm series in particular are teed up nicely. Make no mistake about it being a brutal book, though, with a whole section of rape and torture, alth...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 22, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
This is the conclusion to Arrows of the Queen and Arrows Flight, which should be read first. I think this is a satisfying resolution to all the threads established in the first books. I like how Talia grew through all three novels and Lackey certainly made me feel for her characters. Well, the ones on the "good" side. This author's and series greatest flaw is arguably that she creates a very black and white world, with villains in the twirl-the-mustache mold, and this is no exception. Combined w...more
This book was much better than the first two. A lot more satisfying. More action, better character building. I did get tired of the whole "I wonder what so and so is thinking, feeling... and I'm sure it's this, but I'm not going to ask or bring it up" avoid the issue thing. It just makes me want to scream "OUT WITH IT FOR PETE'S SAKE!!!" All and all, just this one book makes me want to read more from Lackey now. I think this series was some of her begining books, and I've a couple of her books t...more
This book concludes the trilogy centered on Talia very nicely with an epic battle and a wedding. The evil prince of the foreign kingdom manages to be frightening by employing magicians although the torture with his childhood nanny borders on comically evil. The characterization of Talia's love interest Dirk falters a little in this book as well, when their romance is left mostly to the magical life bond between the pair. I really preferred their love stemming from their shared snarkitude in Arro...more
this whole trilogy underwhelmed me. the writing wasn't fantastic, it was a little simplistic both in plot and in character development. there was a lot of telling, not a lot of showing; there was barely a time when i felt any emotional connection to any of the characters. that said, the plot wasn't awful, the world creation was decent, and i think if the different plot threads had all been woven together instead of brought up and dealt with episodically the entire trilogy would have been much mo...more
Probably my favourite of the trilogy. Emotional but well-written. Ties up most of the loose ends nicely. I always forget about the middle part though, probably because I mix it up with when they visit Hardorn in the later books. The ending is super sweet, but I don't mind because by that time Lackey has me in her thrall.

It's cute to come back to this original trilogy after reading all the other novels and see where she started from and how things don't quite mesh, but you ignore it anyway for th...more
Setting/World Building: 4/5.
Main Character: 4/5
Other Characters: 3/5. Kind of disappointed by the lack of depth to the villains.
Plot: 2/5
Writing: 2/5
Triggering/Issues: 2/5. Character death, but even worse, rape followed by torture (of the sexual sadist variety). Also triggering is the way the aftermath is handled (or rather, the way it isn't really handled at all).

AVERAGED TOTAL: 3.1 out of 5, rounded to 3. 2.8 out of 5, rounded down to 2, after a few days had passed and I was still mad.

Oh, ho...more
i really enjoyed this world she created, and i really enjoyed the way she wrapped up the final book in the trilogy. There were some slow parts, but that happens in most stories :) I know most folks like to critique this trilogy as being obvious that it was her first books, but i dont mind...i enjoyed the ride and had fun!
I think ill check out "By the Sword" next.
Very enjoyable, though the ending felt somewhat anti-climatic. Still, the story wrapped up nicely and I've been assured that the characters reappear in further books in the series.
Consistently EVERY time I read this book I bawl. However, it is such a good book that no matter what happens I read it and fall in love over and over.
Like eating a pint of ice cream on a day you are felling lousy. No nutritional value but it makes me feel better.
I still cry when I read this book. So sad. And so happy. A magnificent ending to a great trilogy.
***Dave Hill
The third of the initial Valdemar trilogy, it stands between the other two in quality. Part of the problem is with the mixed perspective -- much of the story (the better parts, in fact) is about Talia and her assumption of duties as the Queen's Own, but the latter part of the book (perforce, due to some plot events) shifts the PoV to others. This fleshes out the story some, but also weakens the emotional impact of what happens with Talia and with the rest of the tale.

None of this is helped by a...more
Such a fast-paced book! I was surprised to find myself so engrossed, because when I started, it had been full daylight, and when I finished, it had started to grow dark with the setting of the sun. My roommates were especially surprised to see that I had not moved in all that time. But I couldn't help it, as I usually can't when reading a good book. One page just seems to follow another, and before I know it, I'm finished.

Talia was everywhere in this novel. She had all of her duties as the Quee...more
The second book dragged a little, but this one made up for it. Everything that was kind of just floating around in the background for the first two books finally all came together. The lifebond stuff kind of made me roll my eyes, but I'm reading a book about magical white horses that telepathically bond to super special humans, so I guess I can deal with it. Despite the magical horses and such I really enjoyed the trilogy.

Two semi-minor dislikes. First, there's a period in the book where Talia m...more
Anne Hromalik
Hm hm hm. What to think.

Arrow's Fall, third book in The Queen's Own of Valdemar. Book 3 fares better than Book 2 I thought; there was generally less dragging angst, lots more character interaction, and somewhat more sense made of Talia's Empath Gift.

I think ultimately, I find the rhythm of Lackey's writing odd. It seems like she presents plot events only as far as they develop character, and then they are swept away from view-- and though I am a big believer in character-driven stories, I walked...more
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Laura Weber
All the authors out there writing YA literature out there should take a cue from this author regarding how to write a love triangle. Beautiful friend with benefits/hot teacher is your first, and ultimately you get your happily ever after with his best friend who loves you unconditionally. Yes there is some angst along the way since the two are more than best friends and nobody's heart is irrevocably broken. Talia and Dirk have to get over their insecurities by themselves before they can be toget...more

Volume conclusivo del Ciclo di Valdemar, e probabilmente il peggiore dei tre. Cosa non troppo positiva quando accade.

Lo stile si mantiene fresco e scorrevole, esattamente come nei volumi precedenti, ma questo mi è risultato più noioso, più "finto" in qualche modo.
Diversamente rispetto ai primi due, questo qui mi ha coinvolto meno, sono rimasta fortemente distaccata, non sono riuscita a "credere" fino in fondo a ciò che stavo leggendo.
Il bello poi è che ci sono eventi degni di nota, come la tortu...more
The first third of this book was frustrating- angst, lack of communication, bad decisions, and ugh. I really did not care for it and considered putting the book down after chapters of relationship drama and misunderstandings. But since this was the final book in the trilogy, I suffered through to see how it ends.

The second third was heartbreaking and almost jarring with it's change in tone and shocking plot turns. I felt almost like this book was in a different series than the first two.

The fina...more
And so the disappointing Arrows of the Queen trilogy ends. This book is actually the best of the three as far as being an actual fantasy novel - we have a real mage-war, lifebonding, near-death experiences, use of Gifts, and some political intrigue. Unfortunately, all this excitement literally happens in the final third of the book. The latter two-thirds are AGAIN plagued with the what-if-she-thinks, what-if-he-thinks of the second book. People, you are GROWN ADULTS, some of you with TELEPATHIC...more
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***some spoilers ahead!***

I never thought this series took off. It all felt like a big build up to nothing. The entire series, even this finale, felt like the main character encountered a problem then solved it, then encounters a new one, and solves it. There's no cohesion, no building up. In this book, the main bad guy is defeated rather handily, without much fan fair, actually. The secondary bad guy who might have held some depth besides just being evil, turns out to just be evil after all, an...more
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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 &...more
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