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Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
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    ktoonen: Magical creatures paired telepathically with human youths (dragons versus horses/Companions), with similar feminist tones.
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The pairing of teens and Companions (magical horses) would make this a strong read-alike for the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. The strong feminist tones recall Marion Zimmer Bradley, to whom this book is dedicated. (The tones also harken to Anne McCaffrey.) Additionally, the young, unwanted child going to a school for magic to find themselves and destiny ties into the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, but with a strong female twist. ( )
  ktoonen | May 18, 2017 |
ARROWS OF THE QUEEN is set in the country of Valdemar, which is protected by the noble Heralds and their horse-like Companions. Talia is a young girl from a remote homesteading culture that is selected by a Companion and taken to become a Herald – something she has dreamed of all her life, but never actually dreamed would happen. Her task is to be the advisor to the Queen, which means she has to learn a lot in very little time.

There is not much of a plot to this book; it focuses mainly on Talia settling in and feeling at home with her destiny to be a Herald and training in the Collegium. She solves some problems, learns to cope with bullying, loss and rejection, and grows up. The Heralds are all ridiculously honourable, which makes for little conflict, and the few conflicts that occur are usually resolved off-screen. The characters all have their own distinct personality, but Lackey does a lot of telling, not showing – I don’t know if that was just a stylistic choice or because it was her first book.

Despite the simplicity of the story, the book never felt boring – the character interactions were charming, the events flew by quickly, and Talia dealt with some pretty complex issues. I expected the narrative style to grate on me after a while, but it never did.

I’m looking forward to reading about the rest of Talia’s adventures and more Valdemar tales afterwards! ( )
  kgodey | Apr 11, 2017 |
While this is not classified as a YA book, the main character, Talia, is thirteen as the story begins, so it's relevant to a YA audience. In the fantasy kingdom of Valdemar, the Heralds are the judges, newsgivers, and objective observers of the Queen. They are also messengers, bodyguards, soldiers, and anything else that comes their way. To become a Herald, you have to be Chosen by a Companion, a magical creature in the form of a white horse. Talia wants nothing more than to be Chosen--and when it happens, she finds herself the odd one out in the Collegium. Threatened, ostracized, and eventually wrapped up in political intrigue, it's Talia who must discover how to save the Queen and Heir Apparent from those who would endanger the realm. Talia comes from an abusive and loveless home, and has to overcome her own shyness and lack of self-worth, which she does with the help of her Companion and her new friends. It's a coming-of-age story as Talia learns that what she can do is far greater than she ever realized.
  mdispaltro | Jul 25, 2016 |
Talia is a peasant girl who yearns to be more than a brood-mare. She wants books and adventure! Alas, all she has to look forward to is years of more abuse and hard labor. But then! A sparkly magical white horse comes by! The Companion (the shiny psychic horse) takes her to Valdemar, an idyllic kingdom where a wise, hard-working, common-sensical queen rules. Training montage! Everyone thinks Talia is the bestest evar!

Talia is a bit like [b:Alanna|13831|Alanna The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, Book 1)|Tamora Pierce|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51PGQSREPAL._SL75_.jpg|1936544], except infuriatingly humble. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
The first-written of the Valdemar books, introducing us to Companions and their Heralds, and how they are Chosen.

Talia is pulled out of her Hold in the borderlands, where the living is hard and frugal and females are not valued, to be transported to the capital of Valdemar by the horse-like Companion, Rolan. She (and perforce, the reader) isn't told anything until they arrive, when she finds out whether she will get into trouble for riding a Herald's Companion without permission, or whether she can achieve her life's ambition and become a Herald herself.

As Talia's story unfolds, we get to see the workings of the Heraldic Collegium, and something of the royal palace, too, since the Heralds serve the Queen.

Although I have read other stories of Valdemar, I had missed this one. I was expecting this to be the original and best of the Valdemar books, but it proceeded at a slow and gentle pace, as it builds the world of Valdemar for us. This is a good book to start the Valdemar story with, if you haven't read any of the books in this universe before, if a bit sentimental at times.

4**** ( )
  humouress | Feb 29, 2016 |
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Dedicated to Marion Zimmerman Bradley and Lisa Waters who kept telling me I could do this ...
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A gentle breeze rustled the leaves of the tree, but the young girl seated beneath it did not seem to notice.
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It was a feeling more than words; a shock and a delight. A breathless joy so deep it was almost pain; a joining. A losing and a finding; a loosing and a binding. Flight and freedom. And love and acceptance past all words to tell of the wonders of it--and she answered that love with all her soul.
Once is chance, twice is coincidence, ... But three times is conspiracy. P. 199
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Talia, a young runaway, is made a herald at the royal court after she rescues one of the legendary Companions. When she uncovers a plot to seize the throne, Talia must use her empathic powers to save the queen.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0886773784, Mass Market Paperback)

Talia, a young runaway, is made a herald at the royal court after she rescues one of the legendary Companions. When she uncovers a plot to seize the throne, Talia must use her empathic powers to save the queen.

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Talia, a runaway Holdgirl, is chosen to become a trainee herald in the queen's elite guard and to care for young Princess Elspeth, heir to the throne. The sequels are Arrow's Flight (1987) and Arrow's Fall (1988). The author's Last Herald Mage series (Magic's Pawn, 1989; Magic's Price, 1990; and Magic's Promise, 1990), and her Mage Winds trilogy (Winds of Fate, 1991; Winds of Change, 1992; and Winds of Fury, 1993) are set in the same world. The Black Gryphon (1994), written by Lackey and Larry Dixon, is set in Valdemar 1,000 years earlier. Storm Warning (1994) is the first book in the author's Mage Storms trilogy, also set in Valdemar. Annotation. Talia, a young runaway, is made a herald at the royal court after she rescues one of the legendary Companions. When she uncovers a plot to seize the throne, Talia must use her empathic powers to save the queen. Talia, a trainee Herald, must use her untried psychic and empathic powers to protect the Queen of Valdemar and her child from a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy the kingdom.… (more)

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