Talia has always known that she isn't suited for the life her elders have chosen for her. As part of a small, conservative community, she's never been allowed beyond the boundaries of her father's lands. Her only window to the outside world has been the few books she's been allowed to read, but this only fuels her desire to know more. This desire is unexpectedly fulfilled when, fleeing the prospect of an arranged marriage, Talia encounters a riderless Companion, one of the mystical guardians of the kingdom of Valdemar, and is swept up into an adventure beyond her wildest imagination.
Talia soon discovers that she has been chosen as the Queen's Own Herald and, despite her youth, must now serve as the monarch's primary advisor and protector. From the beginning, Talia finds that all of Valdemar is being threatened by those who wish to destroy the kingdom. These unseen enemies are willing to go to any lengths to strike at the Heralds, the heir to the throne, and even Talia herself. With the help of new friends, Talia must find a way to thwart this plot before it destroys them all.
©1987 Mercedes R. Lackey; (P)2006 Albany Audio
"Arrows of the Queen" is the first of a three book series introducing us to the world of Valdemar. Each book continues the story but can stand quite nicely on its own. We are left wanting to know more about this fascinating world, but satisfied with the completion of each story.
Mercedes Lackey is an excellent story teller who has a fine grasp on human strengths and weaknesses. Her characters come to life with a skill and dimension that leaves you laughing and crying, celebrating their growth and triumph, and wondering what comes next.
I thought the reader did an excellent job. I would recommend her as well. I hope Audible provides the remaining two books of this series as well as other books of the Valdemar series.
I am a longtime audiobook listener, and a huge fan of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books, so I was excited to find this edition on Audible. However, the narrator was not a good fit for the book.
I've listened to quite a few good and bad narrators over the years, and so I'm a bit more forgiving than most, but I just cannot like this narrator. Her diction was fine, and she was passable at presenting different voices for different characters, and her accents were quite good. But she read the book as if she wanted to get it over as quickly as possible, making her sound continually angry or curt, which overshadowed the story very badly. One should not be thinking about the narrator when listening to an audiobook; the mark of an excellent storyteller is that you forget they are there and are drawn into the story. Her narration gets in the way of the story...I was forever wondering if perhaps she was having a bad day at work.
If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, then go ahead and buy this book. I, myself will be avoiding any books read by this narrator in the future.
This book is fabulous! I truly enjoyed it. I have read it in paperback form and listened to the audio as well. Unfortunately the narrator reading this does little to make the characters seem likeable and I often had trouble being able to tell one character from the next.
Perfect for those times when you want a simple story. I love Mercedes Lackey's work, and I like to listen to Arrows of the Queen as my 'bedtime' story.
I read for pleasure and knowledge. I listen to audio books to keep my hands and mind busy. Reading tendencies for travel, adventure, mystery and swashbuckling are coupled with audio tendencies specific sound spectrums in narrators, somewhat limiting the audio shelves.
This book is a favorite guilty pleasure. It is part of the earlier Valdemar series and one of, or the, first of the ones depicting Queen Seleney's reign. The novel is a world builder, not bogged down in repetition that clogs the storytelling in this series. Familiarity makes it extra important to enjoy the reading. This narrator speaks in the cadences of the Northeast US. She bites the words and rounds the vowels in such a way that it may be disturbing to people who don't clip their words or rapidly tattoo a sentence. However, to me, it was a pleasant and enjoyable experience, as these are the tones of home. Many times I felt she was feeling compassionate and warm in her characterization. Overall, this audiobook will remain on the rainy day shelf.
This is a great book, unfortunately the reader doesn't do anything to enhance the story. Still worthwhile, but not up to the quality I usually expect.
I first read this book when it released in the late 80's, and was enthralled. Sadly, the book itself hasn't stood the test of time all that well, but with this reader, there's no hope. I wanted to like it, and I did, eventually, get to where I could listen to the end. But it never became a pleasure, and I was always aware of the reader as an interference. Good readers enhance a book, become part of it, and take you to the world of the book in a way that transcends. A book read by David Case or Wanda McCaddon (Donada Peters, Nadia May) is a joy to listen to, and I come away from the book with a deeper understanding and enjoyment. With this reading, I came away not wanting to read any more. Sad, really, because this book (and series) should lend itself well to audio presentation.
I read this book ages ago and was thrilled to see this appearing on audible.
I agree with others about the reader, however. She sounds harsh and mad. I imagined she was throwing each word at me. I eventually adjusted to it and managed to usually ignore the reader and enjoy the story.
The book itself is OK, but I just couldn't finish it. I do want to know what happens and might be able to handle it later. The narrator is the problem. Her narration just didn't flow. It was too choppy, and she often accented the wrong word/words in a sentence. She actually did better when she spoke in a dialect. Go, figure???
I have been waiting and waiting for books by Mercedes Lackey and the Valdamar series in particular to be available through Audible. I have read and reread these books countless times and I still love them as much as my first read, if not more. I can't wait for the rest of the trilogy and hopefully more of the series to become available as well.
"Escapism pure and simple"
Pretty much the purest form of teen-girl escapist fantasy, with magical horses, satisfying boarding-school detail, mean bullies and best friends, and an oppressed bookish protagonist who turns out to be the Specialest Chosen One. It has no pretensions to literature but if you need a cup of cocoa and a warm blanket this will set you up. The motherly voice of the excellent reader is a good match.
I haven't read the print version but was a huge fan of Mercedes lackey's elemental master series.
Not bad for a first in the series
The royal brat was truly believable
She was lovely and clear. However it was such an odd choice to have an older lady voice a thirteen year old! Also her accent grated.
I got attached to the characters and often was sniveling on trains to scenes being portrayed
This is a great book to read and listen to. When will the remaining two books in the series be produced?
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