Book Review: Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar #1) by Mercedes Lackey

8 Jan

arrowsofthequeenWhen 13-year-old Talia is informed that she’s going to be married off, she runs away and wishes she could be chosen to join the Heralds like the ones in the tales she loves. But when a white horse sweeps her off her feet, she can’t believe that she has actually been chosen. Talia soon learns that there’s an awful lot to being a Herald, especially to being one of the Queen’s top advisors. And she needs to learn fast, because there’s a deadly plot brewing which could affect the future of the realm, and it’s up to Talia to stop it.

I’m afraid I’m about to voice an unpopular opinion! I didn’t really like this book. 😦

The plot is there–it’s a bit different, interesting, exciting, page-turning. The characters are there too–there’s a whole cast of them with fun back stories and personalities.

But honestly? This read like something I might have written when I was thirteen. I think the third person omniscient is what initially sparked this opinion, because third person omniscient has been beaten out of me with a stick. It cheapens the writing by making it seem as though the author could think of no other way to reveal whatever information Characters B and C and D are revealing. I prefer to be in the main characters head, watching for other character’s reactions and figuring things out with the main character. There’s no suspense with third person omniscient, making me a less eager reader.

And at the beginning, the way they just went on and on about “Oh, if you don’t know, we can’t tell you” made it seem like the author hadn’t quite decided WHAT was going on until the point at which someone COULD tell her what was happening. But at the same time, I felt like Talia was a bit stupid for not understanding what was happening in the first place. Of course, when the reader knows stuff the main character doesn’t because the reader already learned it from Characters B, C, and D, feeling like the main character is stupid tends to happen.

I feel like there was so much to this world that could have been explored–and, given that there are roughly a million other books written in this world, maybe they are there–but not enough detail was given. Then again, this book is marketed toward younger readers, so maybe if I’m craving that sort of detail I should pick up something older.

Anyway, this book wasn’t a total miss, I was just expecting a lot more depth and a different writing style. Still worth checking out as it comes highly recommended by others!

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One Response to “Book Review: Arrows of the Queen (Heralds of Valdemar #1) by Mercedes Lackey”

  1. coolcurrybooks January 9, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    I picked up a used copy a while back but haven’t ever gotten around to reading it.

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