- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0886773776
- ISBN-13: 978-0886773779
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2 x 17.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #423,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Arrow's Flight Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1987
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Praise for the Arrows Trilogy:
“Beautifully written.... Shows a sure touch with the wonder and adventure that characterize the best fantasy writers.” —RT Reviews
“Lackey has created a complex, interesting world.” —American Fantasy Magazine
“The story is well told, and the major characters are well-drawn. As a whole, the trilogy offers evidence of Lackey’s...potential to become a major figure in the field.” —Booklist
“So well-crafted you’ll want read it an entire night. The Heralds are all people you know, or wish you knew.” —OtherRealms
“The kind of novel that belongs on every fantasy lover’s bookshelf…carefully wrought, entertaining reading by a brilliant and dedicated author.” —Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.See all Product description
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In this book we see Talia who was a meek little thing grow into a person who deals with tremendous difficulties during her 1.5 years of field training. I see a lot of good with this and Talia is one of the best characters that I have seen written about.
A wonderful book that shows the growth of Talia from a girl who fears men to one who will become one of the strongest heralds ever to be.
Although I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as Arrows of the Queen, the first in the series, Arrows Flight is still an amazing book about friendship, self discovery, and control. If you're a fan of the series, I recommend this book. Although it's not as suspenseful as the first book, It's very good.
"Arrow's Flight" is the second book in Mercedes Lackey's The Heralds of Valdemar Trilogy. I greatly enjoyed this book. It wasn't quite as good as the first and third books in this trilogy, but I think it sets up the stunning conclusion in "Arrow's Fall" absolutely perfectly. I found "Arrow's Flight" to be a much more emotional journey than its predecessor, "Arrows of the Queen." It's a wonderful tale of a growing friendship. Talia and Kris's interactions are realistic and entertaining.
However, I would not recommend this book to younger readers that might be uncomfortable reading about sex. The sex is minimal (one or two scenes), but I was almost taken aback by its presence. Be forewarned. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience reading this book.
It is, however, important in seeing into Talia's character more. In this book, she is sent out on her internship with Herald Kris. After having a small doubt put into her mind about her ability to conciously control her Gift, and whether or not she is using it to control the Council or to merely aid her in her duties, that doubt grows into something that could destroy her, and anyone around her.
But Kris refuses to give up on her, and schools her in control of her Gift the only way he knows how- as a teacher, not a friend. And although he regrets having to be so tough, the result is more than proof that he made the right decision.
You also get a good look into what exactly can go on in a circuit and internship, where no other book has given you this insight. That in itself was what made this book very worthwhile.
There's no real climax to this book, in the plot. It stretches over Herald Talia's 1.5-year internship as a Herald, and pretty much just describes her "adventures" as they happen. It doesn't end with a bang -- the internship just is over, and she goes home. The main plot seemed to center on Talia controlling her Empathic gift -- and that really could have been skipped without detracting from the Arrows series. The trilogy really could have just consisted of two slightly longer books -- this one wasn't necessary for the overall Arrows plot.
There were a few things that irked me. The lack of a climax was the main thing. Also, there was one 'battle' scene, that seemed horrible to me. In it, Talia and Herald Kris -- just the two of them -- fight raiders. Ten to fifteen raiders. So, they're outnumbered at least five to one. Neither of them are spectacular fighters -- in fact, Talia doesn't do that well in her fighting classes. So why does she tell Kris that ten to fifteen are enough for them to handle? They succeed, of course, without even a serious, Healer-needing injury. Ms. Lackey needs to realize that the good guys don't always have the advantage in the battle just because they're...well, the good guys.
Overall, it was a decent book. I liked the character Kris, and if you go straight to Arrow's Fall (the best book in the series), it won't make any sense. Read it if you plan on finishing the series -- but not on it's own.
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