Arrow's Fall (Valdemar (Chronological))
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...more
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
Talia was everywhere in this novel. She had all of her duties as the Quee...more
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
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
No offense intended, but Mercedes Lackey provides my "candy novels". The writing, plot line, character development and other literary el...more
This is an interesting world, and I like the story. As far as plot goes, this one was definitely the most solid of the three books. However, there are a few things that are just so silly to me I can't take it seriously...like this thing for white leather and white velvet...have you ever seen someone dressed in white leather? And I have never even seen white velvet. That's just asking to be teased. Costumes aside, the way some characters switch to some other dialect in "intimate" moments as make...more
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
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 on a mission to the neighboring kingdom, chosen by the Queen to investigate the worth of a marriage proposal from Prince Ancar. And to her horror, Talia soon discovers there is far...more
Two semi-minor dislikes. First, there's a period in the book where Talia m...more
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