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Arrow's Flight (The Heralds of Valdemar, Book 2) (original 1987; edition 1987)

by Mercedes Lackey

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Title:Arrow's Flight (The Heralds of Valdemar, Book 2)
Authors:Mercedes Lackey
Info:DAW Books (1987), Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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This continues the story of Talia as she qualifies to be a full-fledged Herald, and finds out that the white arrows that are a Herald's badge are actually message arrows. As the Queen's Own Herald, she also sits in on court business, as well as her normal heraldic duties. The first of those duties, as a newly-qualified Herald, is to ride circuit for a year and a half around the far-flung towns of a sector of Valdemar with another Herald as her counsellor, to complete her training. While on circuit, the Heralds act on the Queen's behalf, hearing disputes and meeting out justice impartially.

I felt that the narrative was a bit slow. Instead of making more of Talia's time in court, or her experiences on circuit, the plot focussed on her emotions, with the drama turning on the characters' refusal to discuss the elephant in the room and prolonging the agony. Talia's Companion, Rolan, especially, should have forced the issue but uncharacteristically (I felt) he refused to discuss it.

Not the best of the Valdemar books, I feel, but not the worst.

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  humouress | Feb 29, 2016 |
This is the second book in a series that starts with Arrows of the Queen. It seems that many times the middle book of a trilogy is a bit weaker; this one is just as strong as its predecessor. There are problems to be overcome; people grow and change in this story. There is foreshadowing for the next book and you'll find yourself saying "So that's what it meant!"

Each fantasy reader should have this in his or her personal library. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Oct 6, 2015 |
This is the second book in this sub series featuring the Herald Talia as she develops her powers as Herald and Queen's Own. Sent out on her first circuit as Herald with her Councelor, Kris, Talia knows that things will be tough but she hadn't considered the effects of Kris's uncle's snide words on her precarious control of her empathic gifts.

This is a reasonably decent book for a second in the series though there are a few eevnts that occur just because they have to (e.g. the plague ridden village and the one beset by raiders). ( )
  JohnFair | Jul 29, 2015 |
  ElenaGwynne | Jan 11, 2015 |
Arrow's Flight is more coherent a novel than Arrows of the Queen, I'll give it that. Since it's got a straightforward arc, the episodic feel to the various adventures works just fine, and the central conflict carries all the way through.

I'm not sure that makes me like it any better, though. The central conflict is based on the infuriating "two people refuse to actually talk about the obvious problem" trope which I just loathe. And once it's conquered, it shows up for an encore in an utterly pointless pseudo-love-triangle bit of drama that goes nowhere but an almost-worth-it reconciliation scene.

There are good things about it - I do like Talia's actual process of coming to terms with her power, and this book is possibly the only one that really expounds on a Herald's day-to-day, non-wartime job. And Lackey's writing is noticeably tighter even from Arrows. It's just even more a book I can't quite love because I'm too old and cynical. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
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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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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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Talia, having mastered her psychic and empathic powers, is chosen to be a Herald by the Companions, but must face a testing period before she becomes the Queen's protector.

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