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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.

3.5*** ( )
  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 |
I wanted to like this. I enjoyed it well enough when I first read it, a couple years ago. I seem to recall reading it all in one afternoon, back then, when I was new to the lands of Valdemar and utterly enchanted. This time, Flight was actually quite painful to slog through. I mean, it’s boring! It’s really boring!

Talia goes out on her herald internship, travelling a circuit around Valdemar with Kris. They stop at every little town to settle petty disputes that nobody really seems to care about. All the while Talia is inwardly angsting, filled with self-doubt about her empathy powers. Weirdly for an empath she is awfully judgemental about the peasant/farmer-types they encounter on their trip. She’s miserable and doesn’t have time for them.

”Talia’s unhappiness was a hard knot within her now; the petty problems of the townfolk seemed trivial at this point.” (p.139)

And Kris can barely even tell one villager from another (they all look the same to him):

”. . . he finally managed to ascertain that there were two aggrieved parties, both as alike to his eyes as a pair of crows - brown hair, thick brown beards, nearly identical clothing of brown homespun.” (p.129)

The lack of interest on the part of the characters translates to a lack of interest for me. Who wants to hang out with a miserable, moping person for 300 pages?

The only really big thing that happens in this book (and the part I remembered) is that Kris and Talia get snowed in a cabin. The “Snowed-In” trope is quite common in fanfic and I admit it is a guilty pleasure of mine, which is why I remembered that part of the book and nothing else. ( )
2 vote catfantastic | Aug 26, 2014 |
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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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