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Arrow's Flight (Valdemar: Arrows of the Queen #2)

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Set in the medieval fantasy kingdom of Valdemar, this unique and exciting novel continues the story of Talia. Having mastered the powers necessary to a guardian of the kingdom, she faces the final preparation for her initiation as adviser and protector of the Queen.
Paperback, 318 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by DAW (first published 1987)
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Oct 23, 2014 Evgeny rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Talia' story continues right where the previous book left. Our heroine finished her studies and the only thing which stands between her and her acceptance into being a full Herald is one and a half years of internship. Basically she has to patrol the borderlands in the north dispensing Queen's justice and helping defend against the raiders. During one of very heavy snowfalls Talia is trapped with her mentor Kris in a lone shack in the middle of nowhere. The spend most of the book brooding in the ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Bibliotropic rated it really liked it
Shelves: valdemar, fantasy
It's strange, but in between Arrows of the Queen and this novel, the style has become so much closer to the way Lackey writes the rest of her books. Less narration-in-the-guise-of-dialogue, less voice of god telling about the behind the scenes stuff that readers need to know but that can't be explained in any other way. The story is driven more heavily by character interaction than before, and that's what I like most about her Valdemar novels. The style is still less refined than in later books, ...more
Anne Hromalik
Jun 11, 2012 Anne Hromalik rated it it was ok
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Dec 21, 2015 terpkristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kindle, ya, 2015
Probably closer to 3.5 stars but rounding up. I enjoyed it, but not as much as Arrows of the Queen. I recently learned that the trilogy was originally written as one book and split into three; it makes the stopping points make more sense. I think this one moved a little more slowly than the first one, but it dealt with more interesting topics. Onto the third...
Dec 07, 2015 Bryce rated it liked it
None of this shit ever happened to Harry Potter.

Talia continues her training to become a full-fledged Herald, although during her year-long internship she faces major set backs in terms of her power and her confidence. She's out of control, constantly on the verge of breaking down and taking anyone near her down with her.

While I like the fact that Talia's heroic journey isn't one straight, ascending line into awesomeness, I was not necessarily keen on reading such a bleak story at this moment
Book two of this trilogy. The early part of this book I enjoyed quite a bit more than the first book as there was a lot less 'magical horses' silliness and more character development. However, that was about all that happened. Great characters but little else.

I have read that the final volume is a great conclusion so I will be continuing on later in the year.
After I finished Arrows of the Queen I knew I had to read the next book ASAP. I WAS JUST (and still am) SO IN LOVE WITH THIS WORLD. AND ALL THE PEOPLE IN IT. It's so great. It's like dated high fantasy, you can just tell it was written in the late 80s, but it still is so enjoyable. It's not like reading SFF from the 60s and being like, ah yes this is clearly Old. And feeling like you're constantly brought out of the story because of it.

ANYWAY I thought this installment was a bit more mature than
Shera (Book Whispers)
Talia's 4-5 years of Herald training has come to an end and she's finally getting into her whites. Now all that's left is her 2 year circuit riding where she's partnered with a Senior Herald and learns to dispense justice. As suits her upbringing she's put on a circuit that's right on the border of Valdemar near the Forest of Sorrow where the legendary Vanyel died and laid a curse upon the woods.

Talia's partnered with pretty boy Kris who is Talia's opposite. He was born to a privileged elite fa
Sep 02, 2010 Kristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Out of all the novels in this trilogy, this has to be my least favorite. But I still enjoyed it, and the series, a lot, so my saying that it’s my least favorite isn’t something bad, really.

In this installment of the Heralds of Valdemar trilogy, Talia is sent out on her 18 month intership and the entire book revolves around the duties a Herald is likely to perform on circuit. To be honest, it was a refreshing change of scenery from the Collegium – there were only so many situations Talia could fi
Genesee Rickel
Dec 20, 2015 Genesee Rickel rated it really liked it
Initial review thoughts: I liked this book more than the first. I enjoyed how the main character was given such an enormous growth opportunity and tackled it well. However, the point of view switching paragraph by paragraph did jump out at me more. I'm sure than if this world and the characters weren't so nostalgic for me I would be harsher on this book (and the others).
Elise Edmonds
Sep 16, 2015 Elise Edmonds rated it liked it
A good read, but the pace was rather slow and a bit stagnant when compared to the first in the series. But do read it because the third one is better. I read all three volumes in an omnibus and this one is very much the middle section and works in that context.
Jeffe Kennedy
Feb 12, 2016 Jeffe Kennedy rated it it was amazing
Back to continuing my #readinghistory reviews of favorite books. Yeah, this is a bit of a bridge book that sets up the third in the trilogy, but I loved it with all my heart back then. And yes - went straight on to book 3!
Feb 26, 2015 Joana rated it liked it
Estava no TvTropes, a ler a secção "Somewhere an equestrian is crying", quando tropecei nesta série, que aparentemente faz bom (e correcto) uso do cavalo ao longo dos livros. Ora como adoro cavalos, há muito tempo que não lia nada High Fantasy, e tendo Mercedes Lackey Marion Zimmer Bradley como mentora decidi arriscar.
Li os dois primeiros livros desta trilogia, centrada na personagem de Talia, uma rapariga que é salva de uma situação desesperada por um cavalo branco e quase sobrenatural. Ele é u
Heather Wickett
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Jan 25, 2015 Erin rated it it was ok
After how pleasantly surprised I was by Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Flight was a massive disappointment. This second book in the series sees Talia off on her eighteen-month internship with the handsome Kris; barely after her departure, however, Talia loses control over her Gift and is unable to restrain her projection or reception of emotions.

The major problem with Arrow's Flight is pacing. Whereas the first book followed several years of Talia's Herald education, the bulk of this novel takes
Liss Capello
Sep 19, 2016 Liss Capello rated it it was ok
Continuing in the same vein as my Arrows of the Queen review, I though this was interesting and readable but not amazing. Talia is less unrelentingly flawless here, but in counterpoint to that, I found (view spoiler) to be sort of hard to buy, considering that she'd managed for several years with no apparent problems thus far. The drama in this installment mostly comes from this overarching source of ...more
May 08, 2016 M rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I have to admit that I didn't like this book quite as much as the first part of the trilogy. I think a large part of that is that I didn't find the plot about Talia struggling with her control over her empathic gift that compelling. Certainly, it is a pretty good coming of age story, and there is a lot of good character development for Talia. Still, the plot is a bit too similar to the first novel, in that both follow Talia as some personal problem builds and builds until it hits a breaking poin ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Michele rated it liked it
Didn't like this very much, but I also didn't hate it.

First, the negatives: Kris was a very boring character. So was his relationship with Talia. Just talk things out if you're having doubts and trust issues, jeepers. And the fact that Talia is swooning over Kris's best friend Dirk, enough that she thinks she could "life-bond" with him, yet still continue a physical relationship with Kris is just weird and unexplained by the wavy-handy 3rd person narrator and Talia herself. The writing was also
Mela Eckenfels
Apr 14, 2009 Mela Eckenfels rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of the Darkover Cycle
While "Arrows of the Queen" showed us how the life of a herald trainee looks like - especially of Queen's own - Arrow's Flight gave a brief example of the time of herald internship. So you can count this book as a background book on valdemar and the heralds.

Talia's strugle against and with her gift just spices the story up a little, but may also be ignored.

References to Marion Zimmer Bradleys Darkover Cycle are more than a bit obvious.
This was absolutely delightful. Fluffy and sweet and practically perfect in every way - exactly what I needed.
Nov 08, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it
While the first volume of this trilogy set the stage for the story, this second one threw the main character, Talia, Queen's Own, to the wolves. Queen's Own is second only to the queen. She is expected to be totally honest with the queen in a way that most people are unable to do. Unfortunately, Talia is sent on am 18-month long internship to a sector on the kingdom's border during a period when the court is unstable. While in her sector of the kingdom, she needs to gather control over her out-o ...more
Jan 12, 2015 A B rated it it was ok
This book isn't bad so much as it is just not particularly good. We follow Talia through her 18 month internship with the handsome Kris prior to fully inaugurating her as the Queen's Own. As with the first book in the series, there is not a cohesive plot. Rather, it is a series of vignettes that could have been told just as effectively as an anthology of short stories. I liked this format. The problem is that it's basically a rehash of her problems in the first book.

Talia is very nearly a Mary S
Laurel Flynn
Mar 25, 2015 Laurel Flynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
"Arrow's Flight" by Mercedes Lackey is the second book of the Arrows trilogy, the triad of books that start the long series of Valdemar books, at least in the order the author wrote them. There is a time-lapse between the close of events in the first book, "Arrows of the Queen", and the beginning of "Arrow's Flight" but the transition is done well. The building of the world of Valdemar continues with a more subtle hand, less bald exposition and more explanation within context. There is still a " ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Joan rated it did not like it
In the first book Talia, the main character, had managed to not be sexually active in spite of the sexual attitudes shown by the author. I was hoping that Ms. Lackey would focus on Talia and her work with her gift and not get caught up in her sex life. Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed. It would seem that her attitude of sex is that it is just something two people do when they are stressed, bored or lonely. Love doesn't play into it at all.
However, love comes first and sex is the cement that
Aug 28, 2010 Kathleen rated it liked it
Talia has problems with her empathy in this book, which I liked because everything within her own power seemed to come far to easily in the first novel. Two people of opposite sex are snowed in on the road, make out, and it does not lead to everlasting love and babies. I really like Lackey's style.
Feb 25, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2015
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Apr 10, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing
Another amazing chapter in Talia's story. This time she must endure the trials of becoming a full Herald by going on her first assignment in the far north. Whereas the last book was mostly just day-to-day life at the Collegium; this book is pure adventure. Our heroine must battle inner turmoil, self-doubt, and the struggles of using her unique gift of empathy. All of this while she deals with plague, blizzards, murders, feuds, and her growing lust for her companion and mentor. This read had me c ...more
I'm not up to reviews right now, so no more than a quick comment. Sorry.

I did enjoy my reread, even if it took me a lot longer than I planned. I shall continue on with and continue to revisit my teenage reads.
Jess Hale
Feb 26, 2016 Jess Hale rated it liked it
This book covers Talia's internship, taking place "on the road" as she and Kris visit a remote sector of Valdemar.

It suffers a little from middle-book-itis - while reading it I was engaged and wanted to see what would happen next, but looking back not a lot DID happen. The focus is really on Talia's development as a character, and unfortunately a lot of my reaction to that is "WHY DON'T YOU JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER?!?" Talia's predicament and overcoming it do make sense to her as a character but
Jan 06, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it
While the plot of this book was rather slow paced, the writing is such that I just can't seem to stop myself from zooming through it at high speed. Not because it's boring but rather the opposite. Valia's adventures and misadventures as she sets off on her internship are obviously setting up important character development for her. I'm a little worried about that prophecy, but I'm sure that it is just setting the stage for a grand finale in the third book. Fave characters were definitely Kris an ...more
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“I'm tired of having to struggle for what seems to come easily to everyone else.” 8 likes
“But a Herald has to have your trust right away, don’t you see? If you come to trust the person more than the office, the way you do with your priest, there would be trouble for every new Herald in a Sector.” The boy looked thoughtful at this. “So you move all the time, to make sure it’s the job that stays important, not the person doing it. I bet if you stayed in one place too long, you’d get too bound up with the people to judge right, too.” 0 likes
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