Arrows of the Queen Book Summary and Study Guide

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A daydreaming girl escapes a bland and uncaring family when she is Chosen as a Herald, one of the guardians of Valdemar. She struggles to fit in with peers and is harrassed by evil noble children, but once she befriends other Herald and Herald trainees, the evil noble kids are brought to justice.
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The review of this Book prepared by a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

Talia, a 13-year old girl, is part of a strict society that she doesn't feel she belongs in. She wants desperately to be a Herald, one of those people who provides justice and safety to the kingdom, but doesn't really believe that she could ever be one. Just when things are most awful for her, she sees a Companion, one of the horselike beings capable of possessing a magical bond to a Herald. With her Companion, she travels to the capital city and attends the Herald Collegium and becomes involved in increasingly dangerous politics.
The review of this Book prepared by Melissa Cookson

Talia is one of the Holderkin: people who live a hard life on the border, who marry their women off at 13 and allow them no freedom or education. The problem is Talia loves to read and the Holderkin life simply does not suit her; she is constantly being beaten and reprimanded. But the final blow comes when, on her 13th birthday, her father's wives inform her she is going to be married. Finally Talia can't take it anymore and runs away, and discovers that she is one of the legendary Heralds, the magically gifted protectors of her country who she had only read about in books before--and, more than that, she is the Queen's Own Herald!
The review of this Book prepared by Amanda

a young child from a dominating, strict, patriarchal border society is chosen by a magical creature and taken to the capital of her country. there, she learns about the place in society she will take, determined by her being chosen, and must come to terms with her unique mental powers, and learn to trust people.

The review of this Book prepared by emily

Talia flees her confining family when a companion, steed of Heralds(what she secretly wishes to be)comes along. when she take him back, she is chosen to be a Herald, not any herald, a special herald. Now while she get's used to the liberal mindedness of her new surrounding, and learns her duites as a herald, she must find out who or what is poisoning the hier to the throne's views towards heralds.
The review of this Book prepared by malca watkins

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   can read emotions


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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