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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,643 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mercedes Lackey Narrator: Carole Edie Smith Publisher: Albany Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN:
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Arrows of the Queen is the first novel in Mercedes Lackey's best-selling Valdemar series.

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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jesse | 2/19/2014

    " I read this one, and I barely remember it.. But it's by Lackey, so it must be okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgena | 2/7/2014

    " This is the first book I read of Lackey's - I now own the whole series and a few more. Good read with a great world and fast paced enough to keep you reading when you should be sleeping. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Nichols | 1/26/2014

    " Basically, this is a rewrite of McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern, but without the trace science-fictional trappings, and with horses instead of dragons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Farr | 1/26/2014

    " While not perfect I can understand why so many friends have recommended it over the years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Burnham | 1/10/2014

    " Her first Valdemar book, and one worth reading again. Very good descriptions. Young adult, so keep that in mind "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ericka | 12/20/2013

    " On loan from the boyfriend's sister. Fantasy hasn't been my typical fare lately, but I'm getting into it. Good thing it's the first of a series ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Twiztid Cat | 11/26/2013

    " This was the first book by Mercedes Lackey I ever read. I was in 8th grade. It was really good and lead me to the rest of the books she wrote, and I continue to read her new releases. I reread it, and it's still a fun book. Good introduction to the world of companions and the queens own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 11/25/2013

    " The first four Heralds of Valdemar are the best of Lackey (I've read ~12 of hers). The second novel is only OK. The first is definitely the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 8/17/2013

    " I like the series, but the plots are remarkably similar - hard luck kid gets Chosen, struggles a bit, then finds his/her place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonya | 5/5/2013

    " This is my favorite book ever. I first read it when I was in 5thish grade, and have loved it and reread it numerous times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Willow | 4/10/2013

    " My all-time favorite book, in my all-time favorite series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annmarie Cline | 8/3/2012

    " Enjoyed the book, wish i had a horse companion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 7/21/2012

    " Some days, this is my favorite series and somedays it's my second favorite. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/8/2011

    " My favorite fantasy author and possibly my favorite author period. This first Trilogy is one of the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 10/18/2011

    " Mercedes Lackey is my very most favorite author. I've only listed this book here because it's the one to start with and it would take way too long to add all of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Library | 9/4/2011

    " Really fun. I enjoyed a lot of things about this. I enjoyed how Lackey didn't hide from having her character deal with long-term verbal abuse, and I liked that it was frank about sex. It was just a really fun take on the fantasy genre, and I will definitely be reading the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 8/9/2011

    " Review coming. This is a classic read for any girl or woman who loves fantasy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 7/8/2011

    " Reread for the nostalgia factor and it really didn't hold up, alas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley | 6/17/2011

    " I can't wait to see what happens next. Completely compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen E | 6/13/2011

    " Way back in middle school, I devoured this series and cried quarts over the third book. I thought I would try them to see how I thought they stood up. It was pretty cliched--very Chosen One who turns out to have ALL the powers--but it's also deftly done, which helps a lot. (Dec 2011) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrysty | 6/1/2011

    " This book got me hooked on Mercedes Lackey. The series may have some triggers for some people though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Triskeles | 5/6/2011

    " Very fond of this series, read as a teenager.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 4/12/2011

    " Love the entire Valdemar series and grab and read any new ones assoon as they are out. A really great starter to the series. Strong protagonists and a really good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndsaygrace | 3/4/2011

    " I love this book. I love the whole series of books. Wonderful Fantasy books. I wish I could live in this world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Marie | 1/31/2011

    " Entertaining, but not amazing. "

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About the Author
Author Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling American fan­tasy author behind the Heralds of Valdemar series, the Elemental Masters series, the 500 Kingdoms series, and many more. She has published over one hundred novels in under twenty-five years.