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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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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 |
I ended up finishing a re-read of this in about a day. I just couldn't put the book down: http://allbookedup-elena.blogspot.ca/2015/01/arrows-fall-mercedes-lackey.html ( )
  ElenaGwynne | Jan 13, 2015 |
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  WendyClements | Apr 21, 2013 |
This is the strongest book in the trilogy, I think - the stakes are raised significantly, and there is some resolution to the major plot threads. The writing is again better than before. It's still flawed, though. The not-talking-to-each-other problem takes up the first third of the book, and is tedious in the extreme. The rape and torture in the middle third feels a bit... not gratuitous, exactly, but cheap, like Lackey couldn't think of a non-obvious way to heighten the tension. And the pacing is super weird - the major resolution comes two thirds of the way through the book, and there's quite a bit of Return to the Shire-style resolution that makes the book trail off rather than come to a measured halt.

I hate to sound like I really dislike these books, because I respect them in a lot of ways and they were the springboard for much better and more interesting work later on, but I would still not suggest them to adult readers without a lot of caveats. ( )
1 vote JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is the conclusion to Arrows of the Queen and Arrows Flight, which should be read first. I think this is a satisfying resolution to all the threads established in the first books. I like how Talia grew through all three novels and Lackey certainly made me feel for her characters. Well, the ones on the "good" side. This author's and series greatest flaw is arguably that she creates a very black and white world, with villains in the twirl-the-mustache mold, and this is no exception. Combined with the appealing characters, I loved the magical world Lackey created--a group of heroes of various backgrounds drawn together because they are the chosen of their companions--magical horses who are their full partners. What teenage girl wouldn't be enthralled by such a world? But I still enjoyed rereading this even as an adult: a good escapist read. ( )
2 vote LisaMaria_C | Oct 1, 2010 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0886774004, Mass Market Paperback)

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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