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Book Title: Arrow's Flight|
Date of issue: September 1st 1987
ISBN 13: 9780613630139
The author of the book: Mercedes Lackey
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 331 KB
Edition: Turtleback Books
Read full description of the books Arrow's Flight:Talia' story continues right where the previous book left. Our heroine finished her studies and the only thing which stands between her and her acceptance into being a full Herald is one and a half years of internship. Basically she has to patrol the borderlands in the north dispensing Queen's justice and helping defend against the raiders. During one of very heavy snowfalls Talia is trapped with her mentor Kris in a lone shack in the middle of nowhere. The spend most of the book brooding in the said shack.
I am sorry if I did not make the description exciting, but this is exactly how this book feels (I am trying to avoid using the words "boring" and "snooze-fest" here). I compared the first book of the series to that of Harry Potter. To continue the comparison, this one reads like Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but without anything remotely exciting happening - in other words, almost 200 of pages of pure angst.
Talia's character development was set back. I thought she finally overcame her insecurities by the end of the first book, but they are back with a vengeance. She broods. A lot.
Kris plays a major role in here. He was a shadow of a character to begin with and he remains such. If somebody asks me to recall anything outstanding about him, I could only come up with him being outrageously handsome. He broods. A lot.
This book can be used as an example of the Middle Book of a Trilogy syndrome. Before I read it I used Mistborn for such an example, but this one is much better. I rated it with 3 stars, but this is on the low side of 3-star range. The final book shows the signs of improvement, so I keep my hopes up.
This review is a copy/paste of my LeafMarks one: https://www.leafmarks.com/lm/#/users/...
Read information about the authorMercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts & Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music.
"I'm a storyteller; that's what I see as 'my job'. My stories come out of my characters; how those characters would react to the given situation. Maybe that's why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty-odd. One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of 'story pill' -- they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time. I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene; I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say. Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing: that is, fantasy, set in an other-world semi-medieval atmosphere. Music is very important to medieval peoples; bards are the chief newsbringers. When I write the 'folk music' of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not.
"I began writing out of boredom; I continue out of addiction. I can't 'not' write, and as a result I have no social life! I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a 'high-tech' science fiction writer. I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL ['There ain't no such thing as free lunch', credited to Robert Heinlein) to magic, for instance; in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one. I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible; people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love-lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians. And I try to make all of my characters, even the 'evil magicians,' something more than flat stereotypes. Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes.
"I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water:
"There's no such thing as 'one, true way'; the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself; leave the world better than you found it. Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good -- they're the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren't willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race."
Also writes as Misty Lackey
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