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L'envol de la flèche (Valdemar: Arrows of the Queen #2)

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Talia a peine à croire qu'elle est enfin Héraut. Désormais elle patrouille avec son fidèle Compagnon à travers tout le royaume de Valdemar afin de maintenir la paix et rendre la justice. Mais même si son rêve le plus cher vient de se réaliser, il lui reste a affronter une épreuve bien plus terrible que celles qu'elle a déjà surmontées. Car c'est contre ses démons intérieur ...more
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Published 2008 by Milady (first published 1987)
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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
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
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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
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
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.
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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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
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
Nicole N.
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
Mela Eckenfels
Apr 14, 2009 Mela Eckenfels rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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
"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
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.
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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.
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
Steve Semler
Very good book, with the plight of the heroine and her close friends pulling the reader through the whole time. The major threat comes about without sufficient explanation; it just happens and is explained to a certain bare minimum satisfaction later, but when it's happening, it can be simply frustrating to the reader. Even so, the tale and the twists are gripping all the way through. A few bits remain unexplained for this book and through the next, but they are minor. It seems as if the answers ...more
My impressions from the first book have not improved in this one. I LIKE the stories, but nothing more than that. It's weird because it feels so emotionally detatched. Even when something truly emotional is happening, it feels like it's being told in such a matter-of-fact way. I guess it's a matter of telling, rather than showing, as far as emotions are concerned. I was told there was a lot of emotion, and strong emotion, enough to be suicidal or homicidal. But... that's it!

Will gladly read the
Sarah Grayson
A very good pickup -- You get to understand a little more about the main character, and see her adapt and change to the terrible things around her. Lord Orthallen's web of lies becomes more vast, and its up to Talia to prove him wrong, and prove herself capable of her position within the Heraldic Circle. She forms ties, and battles through a love she believes may be unrequited. Her light seems dim at times, but Talia proves again that she will indeed shine on. It's a little slower than the other ...more
One of the sub-trilogies in the Valdemar series I hadn't read before, and explained some of the later books quite well. I enjoyed how this explained more about the training given to the Heralds, and in particular the position of the Monarch's Own, and where the Companions came from - I'm glad Amazon flagged up that these had been brought out in a new multi-book edition, because I think it's a very good bit of explanation and world building of stuff that will make the series currently in process ...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
Tom Owens
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
Magnus Lidbom
Much of the immaturity of the writing of the previous book is gone here, and I could often immerse myself in the story. If Lackey keeps improving at the same pace her coming books should be quite enjoyable. As of this one there is definite room for improvement though.

Unfortunately the book contains enough cases of background and plot so unrealistic that for long stretches it was quite hard to maintain my willing suspension of disbelief as the plot was based on these. I found my self shaking my
It may interest those who have read this book to know that Mercedes Lackey also put out two cassette/CD based in the Arrows Trilogy. You can sample some of the songs on YouTube, although the only place to buy it is from the Firebird Arts and Music website. The songs below are all from "Lovers, Lore & Loss" (as far I know).

My Lady

Coming Home

Chosen One

Dark Ending

Cost of the Crown

Battle Dawn


Heart’s Own


( I could not find "Trapped", "Between", "One Answer", "Confusion", "Recall" and "M
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-
This one is a snooze-fest! I couldn’t even finish it (and I’ll read nearly anything when I'm out of books). I was already kind of 'meh' on the series; this book provided me with a regret-free stopping point. I don't think I'll read any more of the Heralds series, though I'm still willing to give M. Lackey a go.

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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 &a ...more
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“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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