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
The story itself is an entertaining adventure with believable characters in a fascinating world. I have read the book numerous times over the past 20+ years; the books in the Arrows trilogy are old friends that I first met while in high school. Unfortunately, I did not feel that the audio version did the book justice. I found the narration uninspired and distracting. Perhaps I was spoiled by the superlative narration in my last Audible listen (11-22-63) where each character had an easily recognizable voice. I eventually switched back to the Kindle version to finish Arrows of the Queen.
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???
This is the first book in an excellent trilogy. While it is an excellent stand alone book the other two books really make the stories really enjoyable. Please give us the other books! And more Mercedes Lackey!
This is a well-written and developed story. I've never read any of the other Valdemar books and I had no trouble becoming engrossed in the setting and characters.
The narrator is talented but her strong New York/New Jersey accent is jarring as the voice of a young girl in a fantasy setting.
Adventure and suspense please!
I kept thinking what annoyed me about this book would become less annoying the more I got into it. Instead, the annoyances became ever more distracting. I have several complaints. First, I felt misled regarding what type of book this is. Its a children's/young adult story as far as I can tell. Its simple and sappy - a story for young girls that enjoy horse fantasies. I might have enjoyed it anyway if I had read it instead of listened to it though. The narrator has an old voice. It is accented in an unpleasant way too. Her voice is a poor fit for a story with a 13 year old girl as the main character. Besides that, her reading has a patronizing feel about it. She reads very slowly and overemphasizes each word. Her character voices, like Talia's friend who is an old man, are over dramatized and its really distracting. I got this book cheap using an Audible special after running out of credits. I'm addicted to audiobooks so I guess this book is better than nothing but.. . . Maybe it wouldn't have been so bad if it hadn't come on the heels of listening to "Sings the Nightbird," which was awesome in every way.
It is ok, but if i had know it was for adolescents i wouldn't have bought it.
It would have been better if the story ever got to the point!
This was suppose to be a romance but there was not any romance in the whole story. It was like a crazy nightmare that you can't wake up from. I had a very hard time listening to the whole thing. The only thing that kept me going was waiting for the author to make some kind of a point.
The narration was pretty good.
This story seemed to come from someone's bad LSD trip. It was just crazy fantasy. It was very detailed craziness, but craziness none the less.
Sci-fi/fantasy junkie, storyteller, devourer of books, workaholic
First of all, I can see why this book is so famous. The world Mercedes Lackey creates really is fantastic. Now, this could be the editor in my head, but I wasn't such a fan of her storytelling style. It was all tell-tell-tell-tell-tell. Of course, this book was also published in a different era, and I'm accustomed to the show-show-show-show-show style of today.
The opening, before Talia (or however you spell her name - I was listening to the audiobook) finds out she's a herald, totally drew me in. After she got to the Collegium, though, things came to a bit of a halt. Even though there were conspiracies afoot and whatnot, the tension just wasn't there.
Nevertheless, A+ for imagination.
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