Arrows of the Queen

Heralds of Valdemar Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Christa Lewis
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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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 that 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 insuring the future of the Queen's heir, a child already in danger of becoming bespelled by the Queen's own foes.

©1987 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2018 Tantor
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Fantastic, Best performance

If you could sum up Arrows of the Queen in three words, what would they be?

Talia's story was always fantastic, but Christa's reading brings the story alive in such a way, I am enjoying her story all over again. I also have the Carole Edie Smith reading and this is much better.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are so many, but one that stands out is when Talia meets a crying Elspeth in the garden, Christa treatment of the Crying child is more acted then just read, with stuttering and sniffles. it just brought that seen to life in my mind.

Any additional comments?

I hope that Christa also reads the two other volumes in this Trilogy, Arrow's Flight and Arrow's Fall.

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An Amazing Narrator on a Fun Fluff Story

Mercedes Lackey will never write high literature, and indeed her success has worked against her - her work has recently had a tendency to be released with only a passing acquaintance with an editor.

And yet. Even as I know these books are not well written, there’s something of the classic storyteller in her. When I read a Mercedes Lackey, it doesn’t matter if there’s typos, clichés, or the occasional overly predictable plot point. I’m always hooked anyway.

The Arrows trilogy is I think some of her earliest work, and one of her best (and less prone to later editing issues). So I already knew I liked these stories, and that I return to them again and again.

But the narrator was wonderful! This book was so very well read, with distinct characters without any becoming caricatures. I loved it even more than I did when I reading the books, even more than when I spent a day reading one on a cold, hard stone bench because I wasn’t allowed to take it out of the library...

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Fantastic narrator brings extra joy to an old fave

This narrator's inflections and use of accent really brought all the characters to life. I'm so glad I bought this audiobook!

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absolutely brillant

WhileI've read this book more than a few times this audible purchase changed my perspective on a few points most notably the slight accent given to Talia. Truly the right reader can make a book even better.

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JOY

I have been waiting and hoping for this series. So far it's excellent. I am old and have enjoyed many of these as have my children and my children's children. This series is for all ages and a deliciously exciting adventure.

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Quiet strength

I really enjoyed this book it has a quiet yet powerful quality to its storyline. The main character is slightly reminiscent to the main character in Trudi Canavan's book "The Novice". I find that the character grows in strength and confidence and so does the storyline. So I believe that the reader won't go wrong with the purchase of this book.

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amazing!

the story is great, the narrator is great and able to convincingly do differing voices, and the overall experience is quite good.

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could not stop listening

several times it brought tears to my eyes. Enjoyed the story. thank you. very much






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Arrows of the Queen

I loved the voice acting! This book has always had a special place in my heart, and this recording did not disappoint! Easy listening!!

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Great book, great narration

Such a fun ride and lovely characters. I really liked the narration, she was making me crack up laughing in the middle of the street with her enthusiasm and understanding of the content which is not always true of all narrators. Can’t wait till the next one.

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