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Arrow's Flight

(Valdemar: Heralds of Valdemar #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  20,886 ratings  ·  397 reviews
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.
Mass Market Paperback, 318 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by DAW (first published 1987)
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Oct 20, 2014 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
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love Tamora Pierces Lioness you will l think you will love Talia just as much as me.
Talias beginning in book one was heartbreaking and its so good to see Talia grow into herself and her own power. I loved also how it is normal for Heralds to be women, and how the women Talia surround herself with are so different from her. You dont need to be one type of woman to be strong and powerful.

I loved to see Elspeths continuing growth and her attitude change is great from book one.
Also how Talias
Anne Hromalik
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is very much a middle book, taking place mostly in a very short time frame, but Lackey makes it oh-so enjoyable nonetheless.

It is somewhat darker/ more mature than the first book. Talia is grown-up, and has a *lot* of hard work to do. I wanted to wrap my arms around her, hold her tight, but she's a "little bird" and she needs to grow strong enough for not only independence but adversity, and to fledge her wings and fly.

(Little bird is a sort of pet name, sort of respectful nickname. Not pa
Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
When Arrow's Fight begins, it is immediately apparent that the style of this novel will be different than its predecessor. Lackey has given the reader most of the background they need on Heralds. We're no longer learning about who they are and what they do in an scholastic setting (or being explained to as Talia "processes" this information). Instead, we are learning through Talia's experiences. I am thankful that this book is more character-focused. Not that Arrows of the Queen wasn't focused o ...more
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Poor Talia. I'd say she hits rock bottom here, but I've finished the trilogy and I know better than to say that. ...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.

2017 Reread Update: The little touches really make this story last the test of time where other genre fiction from the time often seems dated. Abortion is absolutely a reasonable option for a rape vict
Brecht Denijs
Oh dear. Oh my. Oh dear. What am I going to do with you?
To say I was a disappointed with this book would be an understatement. I was ready to two star this, but, I had to concede that it wasn't a bad book. It just had a lot of bad elements to it and it could have been so. Much. Better!
The long and short of it, is that this book suffers heavily from middle book syndrome. The second in a trilogy with only a few key things that need to happen and a lot of the rest feels like just filler.
It occurred
Mike (the Paladin)
Yeah I laid it aside. With giggles and dances still going on a quarter of the way through the book and continual thoughts about lovers, life partners, marriage...and aour young girl now qualified to be the next Queen...

as noted laid it aside. Not really "my cup of tea". Enjoy if it's for you.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This was a very frustrating read, enough so that I gave up partway through. Given the enjoyment I got from the first book in the series, it was very disappointing. Why? Where to begin...let's try making a list:

1) One of the things I enjoyed most about book 1, Arrows of the Queen, was Talia's growth from an abused, repressed child to a confident, wise-beyond-her-years Herald. For this installment in the series, the author undoes all of Talia's emotional growth and reverts her back to that insecur
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
3.5 stars

I liked this one more than the first but I still found some things unsatisfying.

I liked that we got a more contained story than the first one, and things are still being set up for the intrigue at court even though we don't spend any time in court during this book, since Talia's starting her internship which means a year and a half on tour in one of the border sectors. They don't leave court behind entirely since some rumors about Talia's Gift follows them, and this causes problems for
David H.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
While I still greatly enjoyed this, there were a few parts that annoyed me. I loved seeing the completion of Talia's training as a Herald, though I found it frustrating to read about her particular troubles, as I felt like it just dragged on repetitively. (view spoiler) I was also reminded, as in the way of these things of events that will happen in the next book which I think ...more
Dec 12, 2015 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... ...more
Sotiris Karaiskos
In this second part, the girl of the first book is now a woman, so suitable to undertake her first mission in the most remote areas of the Kingdom. There she will encounter difficult weather conditions, wicked and violent people and many signs that something is wrong, but the biggest difficulties are internal as she tries to learn to control her powers and overcome doubt, internal and external, in a way which requires a lot of effort, a lot of anger and a lot of tears. Apart from being a servant ...more
I'm tired of having to struggle for what seems to come easily to everyone else.

I started this book more than a month ago, but only got about 20 pages in before I was absorbed in something else. I picked it up again today, and started again from the beginning.

I enjoyed reading it, but it felt a bit like both too little and too much happened over the course of about 300 pages. There was some interesting character development, and I continue to like Talia as a protagonist, but there was very little
Dave Packard
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, sword
Finally continuing on the Heralds books. Interesting though choppy book with some highs and lows, but probably enough to get me to read the last one!
Deborah Ideiosepius
This is the second in the authors 'Arrows' trillogy and I would strongly recommend reading the first before you read this one. The characters were established in the first book, as was the background to the story and I doubt if one could enjoy it as much without that background as a recap does not really cut it. It would also probably help if you had previous acquaintance with Mercades Lackeys Valdemar books.

Talia has finally earned the rank of full Herald, as well as having established a positi
Alyssa Nelson
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book continues the story of Talia as she serves her year of apprenticeship with the heralds.

It’s nice to see her step away from politics and have to deal with actually being on the road and putting her training into practice. It was also fun to get to know another character who was only briefly mentioned in the first book. I did find this book to be a bit dull, however. A lot of time is spent on how Talia is having trouble with her powers and the endless feedback loop of her being unsure of
Nov 08, 2015 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 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Again, only a five star book because of tween girl reading nostalgia (a powerful thing). It’s nice to see more the the kingdom in this one, and for the most part I like the dynamic between Kris and Talia. The intimate parts are...awkward. And ugh, the pet names. I *hate* pet names in books like this - they never sound natural and it’s like their use is signaling intimacy that hasn’t been shown or earned. There’s some more here too about retributive justice that I think was easier to gloss over w ...more
May 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Far too much of this book suffers from the I can't talk about how I am feeling or what is going wrong plot device. This turned what should have been a great book into something rather weak. It is full of angst, Talia regresses as a character and it is slow. Add in grammar and typo issues, which didn't bother me in the previous book but became much more noticeable with the lack of character or plot movement, and there wasn't a lot to love in this book.
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Dec 05, 2015 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
Re-read 2019
Another dip into Talia's arc. This time Talia is away from the Collegium learning more of what she needs to do a Queen's Own.

Re-read 2017

The second book in Talia's series. It mostly focuses on her leaving the collegium and actually being a herald though she's still in training. However, it's not as simple as the description I gave sounds, multiple things happen and even though she's out of Haven issues from the city keep affecting her. Still one of my favorite series by this author.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars - Not horrible but this book went downhill significantly compared to Arrows of the Queen. All the confidence and self esteem that Talia built in book 1 vanished, and her self pity got out of hand. I also didn't care for who was selected for her internship (and the intimate events that followed). The way of Heralds being "loose" in relationships didn't sit well with me and Talia's uncertainty made me feel depressed. Bluntly, this book sucked as book 2 but I will finish the series for th ...more
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.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-read
Mmm, I liked the first book in the series, but in this one the main character is more grown-up, and was so preoccupied with sex and with shoveling snow that it was kind of boring and pointless. I anticipated lots of magic and fighting, of which there is hardly any, so I was disappointed. It is the second book in a trilogy, I believe, so hopefully the third book will get to the goods!
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating exploration of mental health, the ethics of being a magical empath, and a disaster survival novel all in one. What a book!

The premise is, Talia finally sets out on her first circuit - she goes on a year long ride with a mentor around the northern territories of Valdemar and stops at every small village and dispenses the Queen's Justice and fends off bandits and other problems.

The majority of the book is spent deep in character study, as shortly after the circuit begins, her control
Mary Soon Lee
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the middle book in the first Valdemar trilogy, Valdemar being a very popular fantasy setting that features human Heralds bonded to magical intelligent Companion horses. It continues Talia's story, and I found it both better and worse than the opening installment. Better in that the prose/storytelling seemed smoother. Spoilers ahead. (view spoiler) ...more
Octavia Cade
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I remember reading the first book in this series and liking it, and I like the sequel just as much. Talia has nearly completed her Herald training, and all that's left is an internship where she and an older Herald patrol the border regions, keeping lines of communication open and meting out justice and doing all the usual Herald things. And it's all enjoyable enough, but it does seem like marking time - a series of episodic events that don't move the larger story forward any. I don't know that ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Second book in the Heralds of Valdemar series. I had forgotten how much I liked this series so it is going to be a pleasure to re-read all the books. I really like how the author builds her world without overwhelming the reader with more information than you can absorb. And an good job on character development as well as an exciting story. Am not sure I will be able to spread out the books like I originally planned to do as I am truly caught in her world.
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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 & M ...more

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