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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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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
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.
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.
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
As much as I liked Queens of Arrow, I liked Arrows Flight even more as there was alot more drama and the Story, the character, the gifts, the self control was dominant and instead of listening to Talia being scared and not wanting to trust anyone I saw her as someone who is confident, and is managing her fears admirably.

Lackey obviously has written both the first and second like a series as at the end the story makes you want more as there isnt a sufficient ending and I'm looking forward to seei
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
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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So Talia finally becomes a Herald and heads out for her "internship" (a remarkably urban term for a fantasy novel). Snores ensue. She and her sponsor, Kris, begin a purely physical relationship while snowed in - an entrapment which lasts for the entire middle third of the book - and continue this relationship despite Talia and Kris both acknowledging that she is, in fact, in love with another man (whom, by the way, she has maybe interacted with for a total of two hours).
Oh, and Talia's Gift goe
I JUST finished this one. The way I saw things heading in from the last one ... well, I wasn't sure where it was going originally, but it set even more things up that I'm expecting to see in the next one.

I knew from about the beginning that this book would mostly focus on Talia's internship after she got her whites, so I knew that would probably be the end goal. I just didn't realize there was so much baggage to be worked out from the beginning. That's basically what this whole book was about, r
Kelsey Dean

The world that this story takes place in is cool, characters are mostly likable, and it's great that the author is clearly supportive of LGBT people and does not allow for slut-shaming or anything of the like in this world. However, the story for this one was weak, less exciting, and so much more angsty to me. I really got fed up with Talia and her need to be coddled by everyone all the time (or else her self-confidence implodes), combined with her aversion to talking to and listening to other
Miss Clark
Apr 16, 2012 Miss Clark rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Ever.
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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
And I thought the first one was mediocre. Arrow's Flight goes past mediocre into the realm of boring and downright bad. Probably 80% of the novel is spent with the two main characters--who weren't very exciting in the first place--trapped in a remote cabin by a snowstorm, doing nothing but shoveling snow and angsting. The heroine--if you can call her that--is an inconsistent and uninteresting character who experiences what is essentially a magical nervous breakdown and becomes borderline suicida ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Valdemar: Arrows of the Queen (3 books)
  • Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1)
  • Arrow's Fall (Heralds of Valdemar, #3)
Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar, #1) Magic's Pawn (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #1) By the Sword (Valdemar: Kerowyn's Tale, #1) Magic's Price (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #3) Arrow's Fall (Heralds of Valdemar, #3)

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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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