Arrows of the Queen (The Heralds of Valdemar, #1)
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Arrows of the Queen

by Mercedes Lackey
Release date: 1987
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy

A kingdom imperiled!

Chosen by the Companion Rolan, a mystical horse-like being with powers beyond imagining, Talia, once a runaway, has now become a trainee Herald, destined to become one of the Queen's own elite guard. For Talia has certain awakening talents of the mind that only a Companion like Rolan can truly sense.

But as Talia struggles to master her unique abilities, time is running out. For conspiracy is brewing in Valdemar, a deadly treason which could destroy Queen and kingdom. Opposed by unknown enemies capable of both diabolical magic and treacherous assassination, the Queen must turn to Talia and the Heralds for aid in protecting the realm and ensuring the future of the Queen's heir, a child already in danger of becoming bespelled by the Queen's own foes.


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In Arrows of the Queen, first book of a trilogy, Mercedes Lackey introduces the world of Valdemar. I read all the three novels in a row, and in my opinion, they could have been squeezed between one pair of covers, omitting some flash backs the two sequels had. The writing is more suitable for YA level, but some "grown up" themes probably forced these novels into the adult fantasy shelves. The story is way too one dimensional Cinderella tale for my taste. At times it felt that the author ... (more)
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