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This is a collection of Arrow's of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, and Arrow's Fall. The series is a strong one.

Arrows of the Queen: Talia's struggles during her trainee days resonated with me. People have dinged the book because it isn't action-packed, gritty fantasy. The book is a gentle fantasy, focused on characters who are mostly likable. The Heralds are mostly good; their Companions (white, blue-eyed "horses" with at least human intelligence) wouldn't choose them to be Heralds if they weren't. This is the original introduction to Valdemar and has aged gracefully. (It was published in 1987.)

Arrow's Flight: t 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!"

Arrow's Fall: This book 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. I don't think you will be disappointed. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Oct 8, 2015 |
Overall, this trilogy is a thrilling adventure, including many pages of intense reading about gallant Herolds defending their queen, fleeting romances, and bonds between humans and Companions. This book is a wonderful choice for people who are willing to journey far and wide to discover truth.

The book starts out with Talia. A young kid, no more than thirteen. Between household chores, she encloses herself with tales of Herolds and their brave Companions. She wishes with all her heart that a Companion, which is a horse that can mindspeak to their chosen one and defends them with their lives, will come save her from the world of Wives and chores. On her birthday, her father's wives express their wishes to talk with Talia. She expects the usual speech about new responsibilities, but instead, the wives imply that she is to marry.

Talia is horrified by this news, and runs into the forest and hides in a cave. There, she runs over her possibilities, and concludes that her best chance is to go back to her family. But then she hears a sound- which turns out to be a Companion. She decides to take him back to the Queen, because the Companion was all alone without a rider, and in doing so, embarks on a life changing journey accompanied by friends and horses, classes, and dangerous adventures. ( )
  k8lovesbooks | May 1, 2015 |
when you finish a book and say 'i'm so glad i'm finally done with that terrible piece of shit book' then you know it's not a good sign. that was pretty much the effect that this trilogy had on me.

the first book was alright. i made the sacrifice and suffered through the deliberate lack of style and willful neglect that lackey offers to her readership with all due effort. fine.

the second book was, to put it mildly, completely pointless. it's as if this book was written for the sheer purpose of allowing lackey to say 'hey, look. i wrote a trilogy' - if not to kill trees. there was absolutely nothing worth while in this book that couldn't be covered in two pages in the third book.

which brings us to the conclusion, arrow's fall. this book was horribly formulaic and gushy, like the other books - except to the nth degree. i'm not sure whether it was drugs?, giving birth possibly?, or possibly a running competition with her editor to find a way to put mushy shit like 'honeykins', 'heartsister', 'goddesses and gods, i miss her/him', etc. on every page.

i'll give the book two stars, but consider both of those stars rescinded. i think i deserve those two stars for actually having read this trilogy. ( )
  coolsnak3 | Feb 25, 2010 |
I found this book to be very enjoyable and engrossing. Talia, a Borders child, learns she is to be married at the young age of thirteen. A young girl with a vivid imagination who longs to be a Herald is devastated by the news of her impending marriage and runs away from her strict and unyielding household. At the point of lowest despair, she is Chosen by Rolan and is brought to the Collegium where she undergoes training to become the Queen's Own, the Queen's closest confidante. During her internship, her gift of empathy goes rogue and she has to learn to bring it back under control or else lose everything she worked so hard to build. As she gains control of her gift, she learns about friendship and loyalty and what is really important.
On a diplomatic mission, she is captured and tortured, but is eventually rescued by Dirk. What she learns during her captivity has dire effects on the kingdom of Valdemar.
Queen's own actually contains the original Arrows trilogy. It was very engrossing and the author's writing style makes you empathize and sympathize with every thought and sentiment of her characters. I got very involved with the events in the story and was quite happy to learn the next trilogy begins seven years after this one ends. ( )
  icewoman96 | Dec 8, 2009 |
In the last few years, publishers finally clued in that women like to read urban fantasy with kick-butt heroines. However, before that became common, some established fantasy authors had done the same for young adult women (and adult women actually!). This is one of the best examples of such efforts.

I started reading fantasy because of Anne McCaffrey, who also has many strong young female characters for girls to identify with. I stumbled across Queen's Own via the Science Fiction Book Club as recommended to fans of McCaffrey. The protagonist is 13 year old Talia, who readers follow into adulthood. She has a harsh life growing up in the borderlands under constant threat of raiders. There, young women are practically servants and forced into marriage at very young ages. Talia is swept away from this by no less than a magic, and intelligent, horse! She's taken to the Herald's Collegium to learn to become a protector of her country. Her adventures in school, through internship and finally as advisor to the Queen give young women a character - a hero - to identify with. The plot is rich and no way condescends to younger readers. Talia faces mortal danger in duties, uncovers a vast conspiracy and even finds love. This isn't just a tale of a girl and her horse. I have reread this book many times over the years and enjoy each time. Highly recommended. ( )
  jshillingford | Aug 6, 2009 |
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Dedicated to Marion Zimmer Bradley and Lisa Waters who kept telling me I could do this ... (Arrows of the Queen)
For Carolyn, who knows why (Arrow's Flight)
Dedicated to: Andre Norton for inspiration; Teri Lee for early encouragement; and my husband Tony for being understanding about my ongoing affair with a word processor. (Arrow's Fall)
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Arrows of the queen: 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.Arrow's flight: 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.Arrow's fall: 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.… (more)

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