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Arrow's fall by Mercedes Lackey
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Title:Arrow's fall
Authors:Mercedes Lackey
Info:New York, NY : DAW Books, c1988.
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Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackey (1988)



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A surprisingly dark conclusion to the first Valdemar trilogy, in which our young heroine is captured by the enemy, tortured and raped. Yeah, really not sure why the author felt the need to go so extreme with the final installment, when the first two read much more like YA fare (albeit, written in a time before YA was a thing.)

I actually remember being pretty enthralled with the drama of it all the first time I read this series. (I'm pretty sure the first time around I read all three books in about three days!) However on the second read through, a few years later, I couldn't even drag myself through the entirety of Arrow's Fall. It gets bogged down in the beginning with some whiny relationship melodrama, and then when I remembered all the cruelty that befalls Talia later in the book I just decided to skip it.

I've read through this trilogy twice now, and I don't know if I will reread it again or not, but I will be trying to read/re-read some of the author's other things. ( )
  catfantastic | Dec 7, 2016 |
Not sure why the author feels the need to put her characters through what she did in this final book of the trilogy. ( )
  keindi | Feb 16, 2016 |
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  waclements7 | Oct 27, 2015 |
The final book in the Arrows series brings the series to a strong finish. All the hints in earlier books are made clear. Do plan on having tissues handy as I cried both in sorrow and joy. If you are a fantasy fan and haven't read the series, go ahead and do it. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Oct 8, 2015 |
This is the final story featuring Talia, now a full Herald and voting member of the Queen's council much to the disquiet of many of the councilors as she and the Queen fight off their attempts to get Elspeth married off to the heir of Hardorn, a bordering kingdom that would make Valdemar impregnable to their ancient enemies of Karse.

As part of the negotiations, Talia and Kris get sent to Hardorn's capital to make sure that the situation was as advertised but they uncover a deeply laid plan for the heir to take over the Kingdom using dark magic. Now it becomes a race against time as to whether Talia and Kris can warn Selenay and Elspeth before Ancar's army would attack.

This third book rounds off the series and while Talia is a bit player in later books, this is the last time she is so central to the plot. ( )
  JohnFair | Jul 30, 2015 |
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Dedicated to:

Andre Norton for inspiration; Teri Lee for encouragement; and my husband Tony for being understanding about my ongoing affair with a word processor.
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We could be brother and sister, Kris thought, glancing over at his fellow Herald.
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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.
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With Elspeth, the heir to the throne of Valdemar, come of marriageable age, Talia, the Queen's Own Herald returns to court to find Queen and heir beset by diplomatic intrigue as various forces vie for control of Elspeth's future.

But just as Talia is about to uncover the traitor behind all these intrigues, she is sent off on a mission to the neighboring kingdom, chosen by the Queen to investigate the worth of a marriage proposal from Prince Ancar.

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Talia, Herald to the Queen of Valdemar, travels to a neighboring realm to investigate a prince's proposal to marry the Queen's heir, but discovers an evil plot to destroy Valdemar.

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