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  1. says:

    I've read a lot of fantasy and I've spent a lot of time looking for fantasy that won't disappoint When fantasy disappoints me it usually does so predictably either the world is poorly built the entire story is derivative it is filled with creepy repressed sexuality or the Hat TrickAn euestrian friend of mine suggested this series it was one of her favorites However her suggestion was somewhat tentative She had previously passed Eragon and Eye of the World along to me which are so derivative and poorly written that they just felt like babelfish translations of Tolkien However she had also forced me to read the Potter books I was recalcitrant due to their popularity and Pullman's Dark Materials which weren't badNow I am as disappointed in modern Feminism as your average gender ueer culture jamming existentialist transhuman chaos magician so I am slow to suggest that the gender of an author should inform us about their ability to write However I will concede that in this culture the way you are gendered will have long lasting effects Apparently as a man you end up entirely unable to write sex in a fantasy novel; maybe sex full stop Tolkien just kept his romantic leads a few thousand miles apart the whole story Goodkind creeped us the fuck out with lots of fetishized stabbing Jordan made spanking a part of his world's justice system GorOf course there are female authors guilty of making their books into lewd plotless sex romps like Anne Rice and Laurell Hamilton but at least the sex is still mostly about the characters; and sex should be It should be an event in the character's life that causes some emotional reaction and reveals something about the character's personality Reading most popular male authors you get about the same emotional depth as a child smacking two naked barbies together There were times particularly later in their careers when both Rice and Hamilton managed to make sex almost as impersonal as their male colleagues and I'd suggest in Rice's case that her less and less latent Christian repression did a passable job standing in for male sexual discomfortThe sex in Lackey's work is of another breed It feels human It feels pleasant It doesn't make you feel frightened that you might be a bad person if you're turned on by it In short it blew my fucking mind I mean sure there are male authors like Gaiman Moore or Mieville who can write a complex personal natural sexual interaction but they are all authors of allusive thickly textured works that draw from literary tradition What makes Lackey remarkable to me is that she writes a fairly standard fun piece of pop fantasy and somehow the sex isn't terribleBut it's not just the sex It's all pretty naturalistic and refreshing Except for the magic and the psychic horses The world building is not grade A but it isn't chicken feet The magic is pretty new age touchy feely but so is the world so it mostly works In fact the only thing that tips off the esscapist fantasy is the psychic euine love bond However I'm not going to look into that too closely I don't want to find that Lackey's sexual repression was staring me in the face all alongMy Fantasy Book Suggestions


  2. says:

    A young boy girl named Harry Potter Talia had a very bad childhood until Hagrid Rolan came and took him her to the wizard school Collegium where he she studies makes some friends and some enemies By the way I am sorry for comparing a half giant Hagrid to a highly intelligent magical horse RolanDespite all of the similarities to Harry Potter and there are than those I mentioned already this book is not one of the countless Harry Potter clones For once it was written exactly ten years before Rowling's magnum opus Another great difference is that while Harry Potter at least in the first couple of books is about sense of wonder of a normal boy who ended up in a magic world and his adventures this book is about Talia's development and coming of age A very good description would be something like a young adult novel written at the time when young adult was not eual to non stop romance Talia is an interesting character which is a big win and a big fail at the same time She is an undisputed star of the novel and as such gets the biggest development She is a strong woman written before readers start demanding at least one to be present in a book to the point where some writers have to include a token character As I said she is strong but also realistic She is not a female Conan the Barbarian on steroids She is not the best sword fighter and most probably will never be She is not the strongest magic user and will never be She is not going to win any physical strength contests So what makes her strong? She always overcomes her problems herself or with some help from her friends She found her place in the Collegium and made herself highly useful and irreplaceable She does not spend all of her time suffering from her unreuited love to a sparkling vampire there are no vampires in there sparkling or any other by the way She does her job and does it well or tries to She is kind and caring and not bitchy Dear authors take note bitchy is not eual to strongTalia almost feels like a realistic human Almost is the keyword here The failing is that sometimes she feels like a Mary Sue and sometimes comes too close to being one I could not find anything bad about her except for her excessive shynessWhile I am on the subject of bad parts of the book I also would like to mention a fairly big plot hole in the very end which feels like a deux ex machina Despite all of my criticism above this is a very easy read If you are looking for grimdark you will not find it here at all but for anybody in the mood for light fantasy this should be the right place to look This review is a copypaste of my LeafMarks one


  3. says:

    A friend gave me this book for my birthday and am I ever glad I didn't pay money for it I rather wish he'd just given me a Barnes Noble gift card insteadFrom a purely technical perspective this is possibly the worst published book I've ever read From an emotional standpoint this comes in a close third after some horrible book whose title I cannot recall and FrankensteinBut back to Arrows of the ueen Good griefThe highlights1 I am forced to put the plot as the first casualty as the author had time to kill dismember and bury all the little pieces of it before I even picked up the book Plot? What plot? The first few chapters meander towards one but never uite make it The rest of the book seems to try and get by on hit and miss character and world building They never uite make it either2 I mentioned technicalities above and here's what I mean by that did anyone ever explain to Mercedes Lackey the proper use of a semicolon? What about putting chapter breaks whether a new chapter or say a double space gap within a chapter when a notable amount of time passes? Pacing? Plotting? Show don't tell? That last was especially egregious with I kid you not at least two and probably instances of 'little did he know' interspersed with leapfrogged third person limited And the vocabulary what grade level was this third? Maybe fourth? Who was the editor anyway? I don't think she was paid enough or too much if they let all this through3 The main character Talia is a thirteen year old girl who as far as I can recall never acts like one There's acting like a mature thirteen year old and then there's acting like a thirty year old No I started out wanting to like her because I too have some self esteem issues a fervent love of books and occasionally daydream wistfully about someone coming and taking me away from my life I found myself unable to like her because she's just too perfect She's a Mary Sue of the first order Special and Wanted and Humble and Good At Absolutely Everything I think the only thing Talia fails at is losing her virginity I'm serious she tries four times IIRC to have sex with a friend One or both keep falling asleep before they can Do It What?4 Was I the only one kind of repulsedannoyed by the amount of implied sex in this book? Practically everyone including the telepathic horses sorry Companions can have and apparently does have no strings attached sex with everyone else and that's totally cool with everyone at the Collegium That was great to know thanks It really enhanced my feel of this world at large I really wanted to know that as opposed to say any other character trait of any other character5 Speaking of other characters I would have liked some The cookie cutter nature of every side character and I mean literally every side character except maybe Jadus ? meant I mixed up who was who and was invested in exactly zero of them6 I neither know nor do I care what the sexual orientation of Mercedes Lackey iswas when she wrote this book All I know is the lesbian thumping like Bible thumping but with lesbians got very old fast Protip no amount of screaming about the normalcy of homosexuality is going to change the mind of someone who doesn't agree with you7 view spoilerI gotta say it when I got to the part at the end with the incriminating letters in the hollow arrows I paused read that part over again then said to myself Just finish the book and we'll get back to this later I slogged through the rest of the book then came back to that part It made if possible less sense the third time What kind of idiotic plot point was that? The Bad Guys put incriminating letters into hollow arrows which they then used to kill a Herald Who in their right mind would put incriminating letters into hollow arrows that they intend to shoot at someone? Smuggling papers in hollow arrow shafts isn't a bad idea but surely they would have some way of differentiating those arrows from regular arrows? One would think they'd feel different weight wise anyway hide spoiler


  4. says:

    Utterly delightful One of those to be loved by all ages books I'd read Magic's Pawn and was expecting some rough and perhaps period views on things but all told I thought this was stronger and much less traumatic than that bookCONTENT WARNING no actual spoilers just a list of topics view spoiler child abuse domestic abuse discussion of sexual assault brutal death loss of a loved one hide spoiler


  5. says:

    When I was a kid and my father was out of town for work my mom and I got to have sleepovers in the big bed We would curl up with our pillows stacked behind our backs and read books and eat ice cream and fall asleep whenever we wanted to I loved it And unsurprisingly the tradition continued on until I left home One particular time I remember it was a Friday night and I was fourteen and my mom and I went to the base library to see what we could find I wandered down the aisles and stopped when my eye caught on a pink and purple spine in the fantasyscifi section It seemed a bitgirlyfor me and when I saw the pretty much opalescent horse on the cover I almost put it back on the shelf But I liked the title And the girl on the horse looked pale and sad and interesting with her short hair and her threadbare scarf So I checked it out and that night curled up with my mom and a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream and fell in loveTalia is an orphan Raised in a very claustrophobic incredibly closed off family hold that her uncle runs with an iron fist she longs for a kinder stimulating world in which family refers to people who love you and not people who revile and shame you When a white horse straight out of her dreams appears one day Talia climbs into his saddle and never looks back The horse is clearly no ordinary horse He can sense emotions and share his own with Talia He takes her to Haven the capital city of Valdemar where her hidden talents are recognized and she is enrolled in the Collegium a school for heralds in training The heralds are an elite force who are trained to protect the ueen and the realm from threat or harm There at the Collegium Talia makes the first friends of her life and a few enemies as well When she stumbles across a plot to destroy the ueen she is forced to harness her wayward abilities and use the connections she's made to convince the ueen and her council that there is a traitor in their midstThis series is a very dear one to me My fourteen year old self completely empathized with Talia and her insecurities and longings She has to be one of the most passive heroines of any I've read which makes her uniue as I generally find myself drawn to stronger forceful personalities But Talia matures both chronologically and emotionally in this series particularly in book two Arrow's Flight when she gets shoved through the refiner's fire as she completes her Heraldic training and emerges prepared to defend her ueen And yet she retains that innocence and inherent sweetness which somehow captured my heart than a decade ago and has not let it go Each book in this trilogy gets better and better and you only grow fonder of this family of characters Lackey has pieced together Among Talia's inner circle there is a not so ex thief a spoiled princess a gruff and intimidating armsmaster a crippled harpist and Rolan her horse and Companion Mercedes Lackey's strength lies in these characters and how she is able to make you want so much for them If you fall in love with the world you're also in luck as Ms Lackey has written a whole host of books that take place in Valdemar though this trilogy is by far the best IMO and definitely the place to start Reading order ARROWS OF THE UEEN Arrow's Flight and Arrow's Fall


  6. says:

    I’ve always vaguely known about Mercedes Lackey’s work but rarely read any so this was my first experience with Valdemar I’m aware that there are tons of problematic things about Mercedes Lackey’s body of work though I haven’t looked at details Still Arrows of the ueen is a book I wish I’d had when I was younger It has a couple of ueer characters who are treated pretty much like the other characters — okay things aren’t all rosy for them but not for other characters either And the main character is a young girl who loves books and turns out to belong to something bigger than herself — that scullery maid to almost princess sort of transition which can be so fun and which so often brings forth cries of “Mary Sue” when the character is female and yet no such complaint is made if the character is maleIt’s fun and Talia is capable and compassionate while also learning and growing throughout the book There are some things which jar a little now for example her casual use of corporal punishment with the spoilt young princess even after coming from a rather abusive background herself It’s pretty commonly agreed now that corporal punishment doesn’t really go any good but here it’s treated as a valuable tool in the arsenal of unspoiling a child I’m dubious and I’m sure there are people who would hate that section but at least Talia has a general common sense approach to dealing with the BratOn the less positive side the writing seriously falls down in places Large chunks of time fly by without any real framing so that you think she’s been at the school for a month and it turns out it’s been a year and such things Worse Lackey is — at least at this point in her career — very prone to “telling not showing” This sometimes wrecks the pacing and makes sections seem rather dry and didacticStill I read it in one go and did enjoy it and I’m planning to read in the Valdemar universe And I still wish I’d actually picked this up as a kid and given it to my sister too It might have made us feel less aloneOriginally posted here


  7. says:

    Executive Summary This book is super trope heavy and not always the best written but I found it a light fun uick read that seemed to suit my current mood 35 stars Full Review I’ve heard of Mercedes Lackey but none of her books had made it onto my to ever growing to read pile If not for Sword Laser I probably never would have read thisThis is one of those books that read at a different point I might have been bored by I’ve been a bit burnt out on reading lately and this seemed to hit the spot This is the classic chosen one trope mixed with the magic school trope I’m a complete sucker for the Magic school trope It was obvious at times that this was Ms Lackey’s first book The writing was decent but could use some polishThe biggest surprise for me were all the social issues casually woven into the story especially given the time this was published It seems like only recently that books are dealing with things like gender euality homosexuality or casual sex without negative connotations are commonplace This book covers all of those things but in subtle ways It could simply be that my own personal reading selection in the 80s and 90s simply neglected other works covering these kinds of things This certainly seems to be a book aimed at young women than boys Much of my reading was stuff my mom brought home for me I doubt the cover with the girl on the magic horse was something I’d have been willing to give a try in my teens That said who wouldn’t want a magic horse as your companion? If you don’t you might be dead insideIf this book was published today it’d be put in the YA section and might be lost in vast array of fantasy aimed at young girls In many ways this book feels like it could be a prototype for those books However as I don’t read a lot of YA any I could be wrong thereThe book ends in a pretty good place The major issues seem to be wrapped up albeit a bit too uickly and neatly I feel like I might be up for reading but could be perfectly content to stop hereOverall I’m glad I read this book I’m not sure if I’m going to continue on with the series I’ll probably have to be in the right mood for it Maybe this time next year


  8. says:

    Arrows of the ueen tells the story of Talia a young girl from a repressive society who suddenly ends up being bonded with a magical horse called a Companion Rolan the Companion takes her to the capital city of Valdemar where she learns about her role as the ueen's Own Herald and gathers a group of friends around heras in many fantasy novels of the time Important Concepts are CapitalizedI first read this book not long after it first came out and was so drawn in I read all the way through the trilogy back to back something I almost never do How's it held up in the intervening 30 years? the rating should tell most of the story Much of this novel was enchanting Talia's an endearing character and it was easy for me to root for her The descriptions were good and there's an intriguing sense of a larger world its magic and dangers and history beyond its present day story and setting I'm interested in seeing of Talia's friends like Skif who work hard to break her reticence and love and support her The whole thing is mostly comforting and cozy At the same time I'm not that excited about the writing style which like many fantasy novels from its time period is heavy with exposition written with very basic sentences and vocabulary Only a handful of the supporting characters are memorable at all and the rest are names without any particular character traits A lot of the action including a number of Heralds' deaths either happens off screen or is abruptly resolved depriving those parts of the story of interest and immediacyThis was Lackey's first published novel so I'm willing to cut her some slack She's had a long prolific and successful career since 1987 and her budding skill as a storyteller shows even this early on I'll keep on going with this trilogy and see if I can get further into the huge Valdemar universe after that


  9. says:

    This is a re read but it's been so long since I read it the first time I only really remembered a few major events I think this is still a great coming of age story and I remember it was one of the first magical school type of books that I read So my rating may be a little bit nostalgia but it was just really fun to read this again as an adultOne thing I hadn't realized was that there's not a whole lot of plot in this one We do get the story of the main character developing over time with a few plot threads here and there but it's of a slice of life type of book than I remembered Either way I enjoyed going through this and I'll probably re read of the series


  10. says:

    I absolutely ADORED this book I wanted to give it five starsBut how can I when I'm so effing mad that view spoilerTalia won't end up with Skif? I know that Dirk saw her first and that usually is a good indicator of who the real love interest is but still Skif spent so much time with Talia was a developed character I feel like Dirk just suddenly appeared out of nowhere he doesn't get any page time until the end And I am going to admit I'm pretty shallow when it comes to the heroes in my fantasy novels so Dirk is ugly; BOOOO hide spoiler


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Come one of the ueen's own elite guard For Talia has certain awakening talents of the mind that only a Companion like Rolan can truly senseBut as Talia struggles to master her uniue abilities time is running out For conspiracy is brewing in Valdemar a deadly treason that could destroy ueen. When I was a kid and my father was out of town for work my mom and I got to have sleepovers in the big bed We would curl up with our pillows stacked behind our backs and read books and eat ice cream and fall asleep whenever we wanted to I loved it And unsurprisingly the tradition continued on until I left home One particular time I remember it was a Friday night and I was fourteen and my mom and I went to the base library to see what we could find I wandered down the aisles and stopped when my eye caught on a pink and purple spine in the fantasyscifi section It seemed a bitgirlyfor me and when I saw the pretty much opalescent horse on the cover I almost put it back on the shelf But I liked the title And the girl on the horse looked pale and sad and interesting with her short hair and her threadbare scarf So I checked it out and that night curled up with my mom and a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream and fell in loveTalia is an orphan Raised in a very claustrophobic incredibly closed off family hold that her uncle runs with an iron fist she longs for a kinder stimulating world in which family refers to people who love you and not people who revile and shame you When a white horse straight out of her dreams appears one day Talia climbs into his saddle and never looks back The horse is clearly no ordinary horse He can sense emotions and share his own with Talia He takes her to Haven the capital city of Valdemar where her hidden talents are recognized and she is enrolled in the Collegium a school for heralds in training The heralds are an elite force who are trained to protect the ueen and the realm from threat or harm There at the Collegium Talia makes the first friends of her life and a few enemies as well When she stumbles across a plot to destroy the ueen she is forced to harness her wayward abilities and use the connections she's made to convince the ueen and her council that there is a traitor in their midstThis series is a very dear one to me My fourteen year old self completely empathized with Talia and her insecurities and longings She has to be one of the most passive heroines of any I've read which makes her uniue as I generally find myself drawn to stronger forceful personalities But Talia matures both chronologically and emotionally in this series particularly in book two Arrow's Flight when she gets shoved through the refiner's fire as she completes her Heraldic training and emerges prepared to defend her ueen And yet she retains that innocence and inherent sweetness which somehow captured my heart than a decade ago and has not let it go Each book in this trilogy gets better and better and you only grow fonder of this family of characters Lackey has pieced together Among Talia's inner circle there is a not so ex thief a spoiled princess a gruff and intimidating armsmaster a crippled harpist and Rolan her horse and Companion Mercedes Lackey's strength lies in these characters and how she is able to make you want so much for them If you fall in love with the world you're also in luck as Ms Lackey has written a whole host of books that take place in Valdemar though this trilogy is by far the best IMO and definitely the place to start Reading order ARROWS OF THE UEEN Arrow's Flight and Arrow's Fall A Color Sampler you and not people who revile and shame The Stars Are Made of Tears you When a white horse straight out of her dreams appears one day Talia climbs into his saddle and never looks back The horse is clearly no ordinary horse He can sense emotions and share his own with Talia He takes her to Haven the capital city of Valdemar where her hidden talents are recognized and she is enrolled in the Collegium a school for heralds in training The heralds are an elite force who are trained to protect the ueen and the realm from threat or harm There at the Collegium Talia makes the first friends of her life and a few enemies as well When she stumbles across a plot to destroy the ueen she is forced to harness her wayward abilities and use the connections she's made to convince the ueen and her council that there is a traitor in their midstThis series is a very dear one to me My fourteen Mirrored year old self completely empathized with Talia and her insecurities and longings She has to be one of the most passive heroines of any I've read which makes her uniue as I generally find myself drawn to stronger forceful personalities But Talia matures both chronologically and emotionally in this series particularly in book two Arrow's Flight when she gets shoved through the refiner's fire as she completes her Heraldic training and emerges prepared to defend her ueen And Yuppies Invade My House at Dinnertime yet she retains that innocence and inherent sweetness which somehow captured my heart than a decade ago and has not let it go Each book in this trilogy gets better and better and Her Secret Santa you only grow fonder of this family of characters Lackey has pieced together Among Talia's inner circle 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And kingdom Opposed by unknown enemies capable of both diabolical magic and treacherous assassination the ueen must turn to Talia and the Heralds for aid in protecting the realm and insuring the future of the ueen's heir a child already in danger of becoming bespelled by the ueen's own foes. Executive Summary This book is super trope heavy and not always the best written but I found it a light fun uick read that seemed to suit my current mood 35 stars Full Review I’ve heard of Mercedes Lackey but none of her books had made it onto my to ever growing to read pile If not for Sword Laser I probably never would have read thisThis is one of those books that read at a different point I might have been bored by I’ve been a bit burnt out on reading lately and this seemed to hit the spot This is the classic chosen one trope mixed with the magic school trope I’m a complete sucker for the Magic school trope It was obvious at times that this was Ms Lackey’s first book The writing was decent but could use some polishThe biggest surprise for me were all the social issues casually woven into the story especially given the time this was published It seems like only recently that books are dealing with things like gender euality homosexuality or casual sex without negative connotations are commonplace This book covers all of those things but in subtle ways It could simply be that my own personal reading selection in the 80s and 90s simply neglected other works covering these kinds of things This certainly seems to be a book aimed at young women than boys Much of my reading was stuff my mom brought home for me I doubt the cover with the girl on the magic horse was something I’d have been willing to give a try in my teens That said who wouldn’t want a magic horse as your companion If you don’t you might be dead insideIf this book was published today it’d be put in the YA section and might be lost in vast array of fantasy aimed at young girls In many ways this book feels like it could be a prototype for those books However as I don’t read a lot of YA any I could be wrong thereThe book ends in a pretty good place The major issues seem to be wrapped up albeit a bit too uickly and neatly I feel like I might be up for reading but could be perfectly content to stop hereOverall I’m glad I read this book I’m not sure if I’m going to continue on with the series I’ll probably have to be in the right mood for it Maybe this time next year Book of the Fallen (Requiem, young women than boys Much of my reading was stuff my mom brought home for me I doubt the cover with the girl on the magic horse was something I’d have been willing to give a try in my teens That said who wouldn’t want a magic horse as Free Dirt your companion If Møllehave - et liv har fem akter you don’t All Our Trials you might be dead insideIf this book was published today it’d be put in the YA section and might be lost in vast array of fantasy aimed at A Color Sampler young girls In many ways this book feels like it could be a prototype for those books However as I don’t read a lot of YA any I could be wrong thereThe book ends in a pretty good place The major issues seem to be wrapped up albeit a bit too uickly and neatly I feel like I might be up for reading but could be perfectly content to stop hereOverall I’m glad I read this book I’m not sure if I’m going to continue on with the series I’ll probably have to be in the right mood for it Maybe this time next The Stars Are Made of Tears year

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Follows the adventures of Talia as she trains to become a Herald of Valdemar in the first book in the classic epic fantasy Arrows trilogyChosen 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 be. A young boy girl named Harry Potter Talia had a very bad childhood until Hagrid Rolan came and took him her to the wizard school Collegium where he she studies makes some friends and some enemies By the way I am sorry for comparing a half giant Hagrid to a highly intelligent magical horse RolanDespite all of the similarities to Harry Potter and there are than those I mentioned already this book is not one of the countless Harry Potter clones For once it was written exactly ten years before Rowling's magnum opus Another great difference is that while Harry Potter at least in the first couple of books is about sense of wonder of a normal boy who ended up in a magic world and his adventures this book is about Talia's development and coming of age A very good description would be something like a young adult novel written at the time when young adult was not eual to non stop romance Talia is an interesting character which is a big win and a big fail at the same time She is an undisputed star of the novel and as such gets the biggest development She is a strong woman written before readers start demanding at least one to be present in a book to the point where some writers have to include a token character As I said she is strong but also realistic She is not a female Conan the Barbarian on steroids She is not the best sword fighter and most probably will never be She is not the strongest magic user and will never be She is not going to win any physical strength contests So what makes her strong She always overcomes her problems herself or with some help from her friends She found her place in the Collegium and made herself highly useful and irreplaceable She does not spend all of her time suffering from her unreuited love to a sparkling vampire there are no vampires in there sparkling or any other by the way She does her job and does it well or tries to She is kind and caring and not bitchy Dear authors take note bitchy is not eual to strongTalia almost feels like a realistic human Almost is the keyword here The failing is that sometimes she feels like a Mary Sue and sometimes comes too close to being one I could not find anything bad about her except for her excessive shynessWhile I am on the subject of bad parts of the book I also would like to mention a fairly big plot hole in the very end which feels like a deux ex machina Despite all of my criticism above this is a very easy read If you are looking for grimdark you will not find it here at all but for anybody in the mood for light fantasy this should be the right place to look This review is a copypaste of my LeafMarks one