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

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  16,894 Ratings  ·  219 Reviews
Talia, having mastered her psychic and empathic powers, is chosen to be a Herald by the Companions, but must face a testing period before she becomes the Queen's protector.
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Turtleback Books (first published 1987)
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Mela Eckenfels
Apr 14, 2009 Mela Eckenfels rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 21, 2016 Bibliotropic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Sep 02, 2010 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series provides one of the cornerstones of my reading history. After discovering her when quite young, I still follow new additions to the series - nearly twenty years later! I read and re-read these books over and over again throughout my youth, but I haven't re-read this series in its entirety in a long time - and never as an adult. There are some new books added to the series since the last time I read them, so this re-reading project is pretty exciting for me since ...more
Anne Hromalik
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Setting/World Building: 5/5
Main Character: 5/5
Other Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Writing: 4/5 (loses just a point for the romance, see below)
Triggering/Issues: 4/5 (Suicidal thoughts, and a very minor rape story towards the end.)

AVERAGED TOTAL: 4.6 out of 5, rounded up to 5.

This second book in the series gave me everything I'd missed in the first book. While the first suffers from Lackey's tendency to show and not tell (so much summarizing!) this one very rarely does that. It's much more character-
Nicole N.
Feb 12, 2016 Nicole N. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Read this right after I finished the first book, and to be honest, I think I feel the same about this one that I do about the first one in the series. Granted, the narration was better because there was more dialogue instead of the awkward "showing" rather than "telling."

Talia, now a full Herald who has earned her Whites, must now travel for the customary year and a half as an intern to a senior Herald, traveling from place to place wherever a Herald is needed. Talia must comfort Elspeth while r
Oct 23, 2014 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Heather Wickett
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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
Feb 26, 2015 Joana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom Owens
Jun 04, 2015 Tom Owens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Following directly on from Talia’s early adventures as a trainee Herald we now find her fully qualified and ready for life on the road during her internship. The only problem is, she really feels that the place she really needs to be right now is at the Collegium. The Queen still needs help, the princess has still not been Chosen and trouble is brewing. Throw in a potential romantic situation and Talia isn’t as excited to leave as she thought she would be. On the plus side, she will be in the co ...more
Laurel Flynn
Mar 25, 2015 Laurel Flynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 19, 2015 Stacy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really irritating. I finally see the issue I have had with the series clearly. There are rules in the world, a system of checks and balances. Supposedly. This book shows best how they are often bypassed with some befuddled excuses. In this case the Queens Own has proven herself for years to be true and honorable. But due to the fact that she hasn't finished basic Herald training by spending 18 months in the field - literally. So here "they" go again, (the author) not only treating her like a sus ...more
Rachel Barnes
It’s official: I am going to adopt the same approach to Mercedes Lackey’s spectacular novels as I have already implemented with my two favorite authors, David Mitchell and Brandon Sanderson, and that is a quick and simple “perfect.” I love all of these authors. I have yet to encounter something written by them that is less than perfect. And rather than use every possible synonym for “love” and “perfect” I can find in a thesaurus when writing these reviews, I am just going to call any work writte ...more
Apr 16, 2016 Skye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lackey is a unique writer. She takes insecurities and some (very) deep seated issues and turns them into a sort of power, or a hurdle to jump. It’s why I love her books, depression, anxiety, even a variety of forms of abuse are taken and help to shape her characters into stronger people. I know that it doesn’t always work like that in real life, but the idea that you can take all of those bad things and become a stronger person is somewhat inspiring. It’s what I’ve spent my life trying to do.

Elise Edmonds
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.
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
Dec 07, 2015 Bryce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Genesee Rickel
Dec 20, 2015 Genesee Rickel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Dec 21, 2015 terpkristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
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.
Jeffe Kennedy
Feb 12, 2016 Jeffe Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
This was absolutely delightful. Fluffy and sweet and practically perfect in every way - exactly what I needed.
Liss Capello
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
Steve M
Oct 10, 2016 Steve M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Joni-Lee Smith
Oct 27, 2016 Joni-Lee Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and the one before it reminds me of Song's of the lioness series. I like how caught up in the characters I got and how their not perfect but human with flaws
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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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“I'm tired of having to struggle for what seems to come easily to everyone else.” 9 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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