Arrow's Fall

Arrow s Fall With Elspeth the heir to the throne of Valdemar come of marriageable age Talia the Queen s Own Herald returns to court to find Queen and heir beset by diplomatic intrigue as various forces vie for

With Elspeth, the heir to the throne of Valdemar, come of marriageable age, Talia, the Queen s Own Herald returns to court to find Queen and heir beset by diplomatic intrigue as various forces vie for control of Elspeth s future.But just as Talia is about to uncover the traitor behind all these intrigues, she is sent off on a mission to the neighboring kingdom, chosen by tWith Elspeth, the heir to the throne of Valdemar, come of marriageable age, Talia, the Queen s Own Herald returns to court to find Queen and heir beset by diplomatic intrigue as various forces vie for control of Elspeth s future.But just as Talia is about to uncover the traitor behind all these intrigues, she is sent off on a mission to the neighboring kingdom, chosen by the Queen to investigate the worth of a marriage proposal from Prince Ancar.

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Arrow's Fall

  1. Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972 During the late 70 s she worked as an artist s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music I m a storyteller that s what I see as my job My stories come out of my characters how those characters would react to the given situation Maybe that s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty odd One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of story pill they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing that is, fantasy, set in an other world semi medieval atmosphere Music is very important to medieval peoples bards are the chief newsbringers When I write the folk music of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not I began writing out of boredom I continue out of addiction I can t not write, and as a result I have no social life I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a high tech science fiction writer I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as free lunch , credited to Robert Heinlein to magic, for instance in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians And I try to make all of my characters, even the evil magicians, something than flat stereotypes Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water There s no such thing as one, true way the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself leave the world better than you found it Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good they re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race Also writes as Misty LackeyAuthor s website

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  1. Talia is back from her one and a half years of internship She now can start on her duty as the Queen s adviser actually, her title in the book is different, but the job description is exactly the same It turns out the court s intrigues are way deadly than the patrolling of borderlands Her love live is also kind of bad, and there is also a matter of extremely grim prophesy about her future For better or worse, this trilogy in general and this book in particular are built around the character of [...]

  2. Setting World Building 4 5 Main Character 4 5Other Characters 3 5 Kind of disappointed by the lack of depth to the villains.Plot 2 5Writing 2 5Triggering Issues 2 5 Character death, but even worse, rape followed by torture of the sexual sadist variety Also triggering is the way the aftermath is handled or rather, the way it isn t really handled at all.AVERAGED TOTAL 3.1 out of 5, rounded to 3 2.8 out of 5, rounded down to 2, after a few days had passed and I was still mad.Oh, how this book disap [...]

  3. I really didn t like this book Everyone got inexplicably mad at each other and people fell in love at first sight fine and then got married without hardly spending any time together what not fine And then one character was like oh yeah they raped me but whatever they hurt my body, that one lady raped your soul Are you kidding me She was awful and broke his heart and cruel but comparing that to gang rape and torture is a disgusting equivalency that really papers over some shoddy plotting and stor [...]

  4. And so the disappointing Arrows of the Queen trilogy ends This book is actually the best of the three as far as being an actual fantasy novel we have a real mage war, lifebonding, near death experiences, use of Gifts, and some political intrigue Unfortunately, all this excitement literally happens in the final third of the book The latter two thirds are AGAIN plagued with the what if she thinks, what if he thinks of the second book People, you are GROWN ADULTS, some of you with TELEPATHIC ABILIT [...]

  5. some spoilers ahead I never thought this series took off It all felt like a big build up to nothing The entire series, even this finale, felt like the main character encountered a problem then solved it, then encounters a new one, and solves it There s no cohesion, no building up In this book, the main bad guy is defeated rather handily, without much fan fair, actually The secondary bad guy who might have held some depth besides just being evil, turns out to just be evil after all, and instead o [...]

  6. I loved this last installment to the Heralds of Valdemar series That s pretty much all I have to say it s a tie for my favorite book out of all three the tie being with the first.I think Mercedes Lackey read my previous reviews, because the pacing went up by a considerable amount There were only a few places in the text where the plot lagged, and even when it did, I could see why it was written that way Elspeth grew a lot this novel, I think, despite the meager amount that was written about her [...]

  7. This had pretty much everything I could possibly want Talia truly and properly comes into her own, facing all sorts of challenges and meeting them all head on Well, mostly head on There was, of course, the obligatory early part of the novel where Talia has to navigate various social problems and screws everything up until a crisis point And, of course, much of this comes from the fact that the characters far too often don t properly communicate with each other I did like the part with Elspeth, s [...]

  8. This is the book that truly changed everything for me in the world of Valdemar The other two books clearly show how hard and trying the life a Herald is They emphasize how every Herald from 11 90 is ready to die for their country Lackey isn t afraid to kill off characters through the course of Arrows of the Queen and Arrow s Flight, but this one drives the knife home.Talia is just coming back from her circuit run and will be joining the court as the official Queen s Own with her own vote and eve [...]

  9. This is the strongest book in the trilogy, I think the stakes are raised significantly, and there is some resolution to the major plot threads The writing is again better than before It s still flawed, though The not talking to each other problem takes up the first third of the book, and is tedious in the extreme The rape and torture in the middle third feels a bit not gratuitous, exactly, but cheap, like Lackey couldn t think of a non obvious way to heighten the tension And the pacing is super [...]

  10. The last part of Talia s story She finally gets back to Haven to serve as Queen s Own Herald, and try to work her love life out She s lifebonded to the homeliest of the Heralds, but he resists because he can t believe she loves him, especially since she just spent a year with the handsomest Herald There s trouble over the border with Hardorn the prince has sent a marriage proposal for Elspeth, heir to the throne but the queen is wary because of her own history She married a younger son of anothe [...]

  11. Being home sick gives you lots of time to read books about magical horses This one isn t as strong as the previous, but in my stuffed up state it was entertaining enough view spoiler A lot of the rape stuff rubbed me the wrong way I wished a little time had been dedicated to Talia s recovery at the end, when she discovered that she couldn t be touched without picturing her rapists, but instead it was just like just go away for a few weeks, and when you come back she ll be fine And she was Must [...]

  12. The final book in the first trilogy of Valdemar books As I was expecting, this book was quite a bit better than the middle book Having said that, it wasn t exceptionally good Overall I found the whole plot a little bit to simplistic and obvious from the start There were a couple of minor twists but most of it played out as I expected The identity of the bad guy had been hinted at since book 1, and there was really only one possible suspect Another thing that bothered me was that these books didn [...]

  13. 8th re read in Jan 2017This series is mature young adult Love it Long series done in trilogies Each trilogy follows the same protagonist for the tree books The next three will follow someone new but familiar There s a huge amount of peripheral characters and a couple one off books to give you backstory on specific individuals.This first trilogy Arrows follows Talia, a young and shy girl from a rough area that isn t known for treating women well Italia gets chosen by one of the magical horse comp [...]

  14. A nice conclusion to the Arrows series Like Arrow s Flight, it might be of a 3.5 star book, but I rounded up I really liked the entire series, even if it was YA and clearly a first series This is the kind of book that brought me into the genre to begin with I wish I had read it when I was younger, especially for how it handles adult topics of death, homosexuality, etc If this ever came out in audio, I d read it in a heartbeat.

  15. sobs This book broke my heart twice sobs First of all, I loved getting back into this world and meeting Talia, Rolan, Kris, Tantris, Dirk and all the others again I loved seeing Talia being Queen s Own with all the rights, hardship and other stuff that belongs to it.The Dirk Kris Talia thing, though Got a bit on my nerves because if any of them simply talked with each other hrmpf Also, and that might be my sadness bitterness speaking because see below it s a bit convenient how that got resolved [...]

  16. 3.5 starsI didn t like this one as much as the others It felt very slow I m also so confused because I m p sure this is a trilogy but it ended with them still in war What s going to happen with Ancar

  17. Estar a bien un Viaje de la Hero na que no incluyese una paradita en el Pa s de las Violaciones Se me han quitado las ganas de seguir con la serie.

  18. Oh Talia, how I have come to care for you, Elspeth, Dirk, Skif, Kris and even the Companions by the end of this book I remember when I first read Owlflight, I adored Darian and his angst filled story I didn t think another character could compare, but Talia came close I was damn near in tears at one point in the novel, something only rare Fantasy can do for me It was just so damn sad Sigh so ends my read of the beginning of Valdemar, but not the end for me It has reawakened my love for this seri [...]

  19. FIRST OFF This book should hold a trigger warning of many forms of abuse, although not in graphic detail, I assume it would be enough to send someone into a tailspin if these sorts of traumas are still fresh in their minds I don t want to spoil the book since it is quite a Twist I guess, but it is also quite horrific So please be warned that if mentions of sadistic torture, suicide, sexual abuse and death upsets you, maybe don t read this book just yet Or read it and be warned since like I said [...]

  20. Yeeeeeep couldn t help myself Finished it a day after I started it, thanks to reading while I m supposed to be sleeping, supposed to be working, etc I adore Mercedes Lackey, it s no secret I have not read either of the preceding books in this particular Trilogy, and yet I felt like I knew Talia and her cohort very well just a short way into the book As she often does, the characters develop while simultaneously revealing backstory, and the plot progresses all the while This book was, also as usu [...]

  21. Dang, this one was downright boring I really like Mercedes Lackey s other books and just can t figure out what went wrong for me with this one The writing seems dumbed down in this series, but it was bearable in the first two volumes.I appreciate that some of the seemingly stand alone events in book 2 of this trilogy come full circle and the book got good for a few pages towards the last third, but it was very hard to slog through Characters continue to be one dimensional and the dialogue got ol [...]

  22. Growing up my mom was always reading several books at once, usually biographies autobiographies or other things that I deemed serious reading along with those cheap grocery store checkout aisle romance novels with the red covers She called those her candy novels little substance, quick and enjoyable reads, but they don t quite fill you up intellectually.No offense intended, but Mercedes Lackey provides my candy novels The writing, plot line, character development and other literary elements are [...]

  23. This was by far my favorite book in the trilogy The fact that just when I thought I had things figured out the author threw me an unexpected ccurve ball that had me on the edge of my seat waiting to se how the characters interacted to both the events and reacted to one another.This book ripped my heart out and slowly mended it back together with it s romance, tragedy, and even sometimes humor Just as talia seemed to be getting comfortable in her skin and position the unexpected happened and I co [...]

  24. This, along with Arrows of the Queen, is one of those books that I go back to whenever I have a gap in my reading and an afternoon or so to fill, not wanting to dig into anything substantial It s a satisfying end to the trilogy, while still leaving the way for the series that she wrote about Valdemar after that Elspeth s story in the Winds and Storm series in particular are teed up nicely Make no mistake about it being a brutal book, though, with a whole section of rape and torture, although it [...]

  25. I was split on this book The first third or maybe half frustrated me a lot I hate it when characters hide their thoughts and feelings from their closest friends rather than coming out and just discussing things It always makes things worse didn t Talia and Kris learn anything from the previous book And it s really frustrating to sit through pages and pages of it you can see the conflict building up and it s a cheap way to create conflict On the other hand, the second half of the book totally mad [...]

  26. This is the conclusion to Arrows of the Queen and Arrows Flight, which should be read first I think this is a satisfying resolution to all the threads established in the first books I like how Talia grew through all three novels and Lackey certainly made me feel for her characters Well, the ones on the good side This author s and series greatest flaw is arguably that she creates a very black and white world, with villains in the twirl the mustache mold, and this is no exception Combined with the [...]

  27. This book was much better than the first two A lot satisfying More action, better character building I did get tired of the whole I wonder what so and so is thinking, feeling and I m sure it s this, but I m not going to ask or bring it up avoid the issue thing It just makes me want to scream OUT WITH IT FOR PETE S SAKE All and all, just this one book makes me want to read from Lackey now I think this series was some of her begining books, and I ve a couple of her books that I ve loved OF cours [...]

  28. while execrable dialogue catling dearling heartling and a saccharine sentimentality as subtle as the color in a Lisa Frank illustration may be par for the course in a Valdemar novel, the ponderous pacing of this offering was unendurable what really undid it for me was the stupidity of the main characters in one scene, they recognize that the villain s objective is to weaken the protagonist s relationships with her friends half a chapter later, and THEY RE ALL FIGHTING BECAUSE OF THE VILLAIN S MA [...]

  29. this whole trilogy underwhelmed me the writing wasn t fantastic, it was a little simplistic both in plot and in character development there was a lot of telling, not a lot of showing there was barely a time when i felt any emotional connection to any of the characters that said, the plot wasn t awful, the world creation was decent, and i think if the different plot threads had all been woven together instead of brought up and dealt with episodically the entire trilogy would have been much cohes [...]

  30. This book concludes the trilogy centered on Talia very nicely with an epic battle and a wedding The evil prince of the foreign kingdom manages to be frightening by employing magicians although the torture with his childhood nanny borders on comically evil The characterization of Talia s love interest Dirk falters a little in this book as well, when their romance is left mostly to the magical life bond between the pair I really preferred their love stemming from their shared snarkitude in Arrow s [...]

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