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Queen's Own (Valdemar: Arrows of the Queen #1–3 Omnibus)

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This is the 3 in 1 book of the Queen's Own trilogy. It contains Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, and Arrow's Fall. These books were only released originally as paperbacks. This is the only way to get them as a hardback edition!
Science Fiction Book Club Omnibus, 726 pages
Published 2003 by Guild America Books: SFBC (first published January 1st 1997)
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Chris
Jul 22, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
when you finish a book and say 'i'm so glad i'm finally done with that terrible piece of shit book' then you know it's not a good sign. that was pretty much the effect that this trilogy had on me.

the first book was alright. i made the sacrifice and suffered through the deliberate lack of style lackey offers to her readership with all due effort. fine.

the second book was, to put it mildly, completely pointless. it's as if this book was written for the sheer purpose of allowing lackey to say 'hey,
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Casey
Dec 26, 2015 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 1990s
The Complete Arrows Trilogy includes Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, Arrow's Fall, and lyrics to songs Mercedes Lackey has actually published that relate to the stories.

The books are rather consistent throughout in their execution, although Arrows of the Queen does not really escape from first book by an author syndrome.

Talia, a young girl living on the Border, in a strict polygamist family, runs away from home after she is told on her 13th birthday it is time for her to marry. She hears th
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Liz
Dec 31, 2015 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed, mine, read-2015
Recently, life has thrown me some curveballs, so I decided to re-read a character story that was similar to what I was going through. I found Arrows of the Queen early in life (either junior high or early high school) and loved the story then for almost the same reasons I wanted to read it again now. Also, DAW recently released the trilogy in a single paperback, which rekindled my desire to read the series.

I want to be honest here; I usually skip Arrows Flight in my re-read because not much happ
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Katherine
Jul 15, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an omnibus of three books that make up The Heralds of Valdemar trilogy; the individual books are called Arrows of the Queen, Arrow’s Flight, and Arrow’s Fall. This is an epic fantasy series and a coming of age story, with a really traditional feel to it.

Valdemar is a pretty traditional fantasy world. The history of Valdemar says that the founder king wanted to make sure that future rules would be as honest and just and principled as he was, so he prayed to the gods for help. They sent t
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Amanda
Aug 10, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This trilogy was a disappointment. It certainly could have been to reduced to two books if not one. I blame editors for that though; they're always trying to drain every cent they possibly can out of readers.

It seemed to me Lackey couldn't decide what kind of book to write. It's heartwarming and adventurous then petty, then it becomes surprisingly dark. There are holes and lags in the plot like you wouldn't believe. I still liked it. It was so heartwarming and fun at times. It was what I needed
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Diane K. Kovacs
Aug 10, 2014 Diane K. Kovacs rated it it was amazing
I love this story. It is an honest and at times very sharp coming of age story about a woman who is very familiar. In reading some of the negative reviews I'm struck at the similarity between the the negative reviewer comments and the bullies that torment Talia and the manipulators that try to destroy her professionally. The fact that she manages - mostly - to transcend the family that wants to force her to be a breeder against her will and interests, the bullies that just want to hurt her becau ...more
Jess
May 22, 2012 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: heroine-pov, fantasy
I usually adore Mercedes Lackey'work. If anyone were to ask me who my favorite author was I would say without hesitation it was Mercedes! And for what reason? Well in all honesty it's because she writes great Mary Sue's. I can usually plug myself into the role of her female heroines and enjoy myself immensely. Nothing wrong with that, it's not a secret shame or anything. I love reading about females in typical fantasy male roles thumping everyone on the head and running circles around everyone. ...more
♥Xeni♥
Dec 04, 2010 ♥Xeni♥ rated it it was amazing
This was the second series that I had ever read in the Valdemar Universe. And it freaked me out a bit. I am surprised that Lackey started with Talia when she started writing... jumped right in there and took one of the scariest situations ever for a woman and wrote it into book three. I suppose if you made it through book one and two, you'd be a little more prepared for what happens in the last book, but I certainly wasn't.

Still, it didn't put me off the series, or the world! I love Valdemar so
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Laura
May 22, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I feel like I grew up with the Heralds of Valdemar even though I didn't begin reading them until college (when the series first began). Even though I've read the books over and over again, I still cry with Talia and get angry at her tormentors. I crush on Dirk and a few of the other Heralds and Elspeth makes me want to spank her (Talia has far more patience than I).

These books are best suited for mature teenagers and adults who love fantasy adventure. It's light reading with excellent characteri
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C.
Jul 08, 2008 C. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I actually read this as three separate novels, but it's easier to list this edition.

I think Mercedes Lackey gets too much criticism, even though I agree that her novels are almost generic in many ways. It is my opinion that within the fantasy genre, she's able to write novels that are fun to read even if they're not particularly insightful.

I believe I enjoyed the Queen's Own trilogy more than her other Valdemar novels mostly because they're the first novels of hers that I read, but I also think
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Andria
Nov 18, 2013 Andria rated it really liked it
I read this series in my pre-teens, and still enjoy reading it now and again as an adult. It was one of my favorites, but since time has passed, I've grown to love other book series far more than this one, though this one is still pretty stellar.

Young Talia is a brave young woman of whom I wish I could've been, because I would've loved having a Companion like Rolan, and being in the Academy where students actually talk to Companions (horses) and they talk to you in return.

Queen's Own series wa
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Debra Cook
Feb 19, 2014 Debra Cook rated it really liked it
Excellent series. Book 2 was okay though I was glad Talia finally learned how to control her power and her shields. The old not saying exactly what's going on got a little old especially by the 3 book. Though I do love how everything that was a problem in 1 i.e. refering to the troubles with Elspeth get revielded in 3. I especially enjoyed the true danger and Talia fighting her enemies holding her captive in 3. The rescue was amazing and the battle was too. I love Mercedas Lackey and I can't wai ...more
Emily Mcnew
Mar 23, 2014 Emily Mcnew rated it really liked it
I must say that I rather enjoyed this book. While it isn't the normal genre that I read, I found myself completely sucked in to Talia's world. This book took me on a long journey through light and dark...or "Sun and Shadows", that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was devastated in book three by what happened to Kris and the horrific ordeal that Talia lived through. I had to walk away for a bit and collect myself before continuing the story. All in all, this was a fantastic book and I thank my best friend ...more
Dankworth Balthazar
Mar 31, 2014 Dankworth Balthazar rated it liked it
Mostly a good story. Lackey needs a dictionary (she uses long words to seem more intelligent, but messes it up by using them incorrectly) and a review of capitalization rules. The plot is pretty good, but she uses about 400 of the 700+ pages to discuss the heroine's emotional baggage. The first book was good, but seemed somehow unfinished, and not in the normal "the series isn't over yet" way. The second book was mostly an unnecessarily detailed chronicle of Talia's extra training/sex in the sno ...more
M
May 09, 2016 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
(For reviews of the individual books, see their pages.)

I've heard about Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books for a while, but this is the first time I've actually read any of them. And I have to say, I'm glad I finally did. Yes, things can occasionally be a bit clunky, the plots are a little repetitive at times, and the tone isn't totally consistent, but this was Lackey's first novel (or trilogy, rather). Plus, having things grow darker over time makes sense, as much like Harry Potter, this series i
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Zinz Vandermeer
May 01, 2014 Zinz Vandermeer rated it it was amazing
The Queen's Own series was one of my favourite of Lackey's Valdemar work. I always adored her female characters. I like that some are strong, some are weak, some are sexual, some are not, some are straight, some are gay, and they are all treated as humans. They are treated the same as men are, but with more variation and that's the real appeal of Mercedes' work.
Daniel Ladror
Aug 02, 2016 Daniel Ladror rated it it was amazing
This book was more optimistic than a lot of the fantasy novels I read, which was actually pretty refreshing. But, it wasn't afraid to go on a dark turn in order to keep the suspense going, especially in the 3rd book. Right when I thought I had the trilogy's plot all figured out, I was completely surprised by the later part of the 3rd book. Based on this overall impression, I think this would be a great read for any fan of the Harry Potter series.

I did find a few things to complain about, though.
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Jolynn Forman
Mar 20, 2008 Jolynn Forman rated it really liked it
These are great books--especially for girls. But I would NEVER let anyone younger then 15 read them. There are a few scenes that, while clean, suggest homosexuality is correct and sex before marriage is acceptable. I disagree wholeheartedly. Other than this, these books are worth the time!!
Sylvia
Mar 03, 2016 Sylvia rated it really liked it
I loved this book. The prose is easy to read, even when dealing with some tougher (for YA readers) subject matter.

Even though the Valdemar series of books are generally classified as YA, some of the subjects tackled could be difficult for a more sheltered or immature reader. Ms Lackey has a progressive (and inspiring) view on LGBT issues, bullying, child abuse etc. and she writes to her audience like they need to know about these topics regardless of their ages!

I have read almost all of her book
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Similitude
Jan 05, 2012 Similitude rated it liked it
Reread this on a whim: one of yon books of MY CHILDHOOD. It stood up better then I expected, but the nostaliga helped push it up a star. Certain themes (emotional instability, power grabs, etc) were much more clear on this reread
Rich
Valdemar Omnibus: Arrows of the Queen,Arrow's Flight,Arrow's Fall
Courtney
Jul 22, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I read this when I was a lot younger. But I loved these books. I reread them several times. Come to think of it, it's been awhile. I might need to revisit this series.
Adrianna White
Feb 27, 2009 Adrianna White rated it it was amazing
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Zhuo Jiang
Oct 14, 2012 Zhuo Jiang rated it really liked it

A really magic world and an honest girl with great responsibility. Finished yesterday on my journey to Copenhagen, the land of fairy tales.
Dionne
Feb 01, 2014 Dionne rated it it was amazing
Now this is a truly awesome story! I must admit it's up there for me to want to read again and again. I highly recommend it.
Jo
Oct 17, 2012 Jo rated it it was amazing
Some of my favorite books of all time, for nearly 20 years. How did it end up on my TBR shelf for Pete's sake.
Diana
Feb 23, 2010 Diana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
One of my favorite series, even to this day. I remember the day I read the first book in 7th grade.
Emily
Feb 23, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing
I expect this series to be good as what i have read of mercedes lackey has been good so far.
Sarah
Jan 21, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
My most favorite book EVER!!!
Judith
Mar 29, 2015 Judith rated it it was amazing
I've finished,once again,Queen's Own.I started Arrow's Flight (book 2) and realized that I needed to write this review. Since I have read the entire series several times, I figure that I owe at least one review. Think about it - I started this series in 1987 when it first came out, 28 years later and I'm still rereading it. It is an adventure, it is a learning experience. It provides you with insight, if you will, into understanding people just a bit better.

Talia is chosen by Rolan (a Companion
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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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Other Books in the Series

Valdemar: Arrows of the Queen (3 books)
  • Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1)
  • Arrow's Flight (Heralds of Valdemar, #2)
  • Arrow's Fall (Heralds of Valdemar, #3)

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