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There are three books in the Heralds of Valdemar series: Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Flight and Arrow's Fall.

General series descriptionEdit

Long ago-- so long ago that the details of the conflict are lost and only the merest legends remain-- the world of Velgarth was wracked by sorcerous wars. The population was decimated. The land quickly turned to wilderness and was given over to the forest and the magically-engendered creatures that had been used to fight those wars, while the people who remained fled to the eastern coastline, there to resume their shattered lives. Humans are resilient creatures, however, and it was not overlong before the population once again was on the increase, and folk began to move westward again, building new kingdoms out of the wilderness. One such kingdom was Valdemar. Founded by the once-Baron Valdemar and those of his people who had chosen exile with him rather than facing the wrath of a selfish and cruel monarch, it lay on the very western-and-northernmost edge of the civilized world. In part due to the nature of its founders, the monarchs of Valdemar welcomed fugitives and fellow exiles, and the customs and habits of its people had over the years become a polyglot patchwork. In point of fact, the one rule by which the monarchs of Valdemar governed their people was "There is no 'one, true way.'" Governing such an ill-assorted lot of subjects might have been impossible-- had it not been for the Heralds of Valdemar. The Heralds served many functions; they were administrative overseers, dispensers of justice, information gatherers, even temporary military advisors; answerable only to the Monarch and their own circle of peers. Such a system might have seemed ripe for abuse-- it would have been, but for the Companions.

Arrows of the Queen Edit

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Arrows of the Queen cover

Talia, a young runaway, is made a herald at the royal court after she rescues one of the legendary Companions. When she uncovers a plot to seize the throne, Talia must use her empathic powers to save the queen.

Chosen 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 become one of the Queens's own elite guard. For Talia has certain awakening talents of the mind that only a Companion like Rolan can truly sense.

But as Talia struggles to master her unique abilities, time is running out. For conspiracy is brewing in Valdemar, a deadly treason which could destroy Queen and kingdom. Opposed by unknown enemies capable of both diabolical magic and treacherous assassination, the Queen must turn to Talia and the Heralds for aid in protecting the realm and insuring the future of the queen's heir, a child already in danger of becoming bespelled by the Queen's own foes.

Arrow's Flight Edit

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Arrow's Flight cover

Arrow’s Flight is the second book in the Heralds of Valdemar Trilogy.

Talia could scarcely believe that she had finally earned the rank of full Hearld. Yet though this seemed like the fulfillment of all her dreams, it also meant she would face trials far greater than those she had previously survived. For now Talia must ride forth to patrol the kingdom of Valdemar, dispensing Herald’s justice throughout the land.But in this realm beset by dangerous unrest, enforcing her rulings, would require all the courage and skill Talia could command-- for if she misused her own special powers, both she and Valdemar would pay the price!

Arrow's Fall Edit

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Arrow's Fall cover

With Elspeth, the heir to the throne of Valdemar, come of marriageable age, Talia, the Queen’s Own Herald returns to court to find Queen and heir beset by diplomatic intrigue as various forces vie for control of Elspeth’s future. But just as Talia is about to uncover the traitor behind all these intrigues, she is sent off on a mission to the neighboring kingdom, chosen by the Queen to investigate the worth of a marriage proposal from Prince Ancar. And, to her horror, Talia soon discovers there is far more going on at Prince Ancar’s court than just preparation for a hoped-for royal wedding. For a different magic than that of the Heralds is loose in Ancar’s realm- an evil and ancient sorcery that may destroy all of Valdemar unless Talia can send warning to her Queen in time!

Characters in the series Edit

  • Ahrodie (Companion) - Herald Dirk
  • Alberich (Herald) - weaponsmaster, Companion Kantor
  • Aldon (Father) - Selenay's councilor
  • Alessandar (King) - King of Hardorn
  • Ancar (Prince/King) - mage, King of Hardorn
  • Andrean Senson - Talia's brother and protector
  • Arawell (Guildmistress)
  • Ardatha (Companion) - Grove-Born, King Valdemar's Companion
  • Arven (Herald) - Companion Zaleka
  • Baern
  • Beltran (Herald) - Grove Born Companion Kyrith, King Valdemar's Herald
  • Beltren (Herald) - one of Herald Keren's yearmates
  • Beryl (Herald)
  • Bessa (Underwife) - Holderkin, Talia's mother
  • Cariodoc (Lord) - Selenay's councilor
  • Caryo (Companion) - Queen Selenay's companion
  • Cathan (Lady) - Selenay's councilor
  • Christa (Herald) - fetching Gift
  • Coroc - Herald trainee, son of Randon the Lord Marshal
  • Cymry (Companion) - Herald Skif's Companion
  • Dantris (Companion) - Herald Keren's Companion
  • Daro - Innmaster in Sweetsprings
  • Darowife - Daro's wife
  • Davan (Herald) - farseeing Gift
  • Destria (Herald) - Companion Sofi
  • Devan - Master Healer
  • Dirk (Herald) - fetching Gift, Companion Ahrodie, lifebonded and later married to Talia
  • Drake (Herald) - ThoughtSensing, twin to Edric, one of Talia's yearmates
  • Edric (Herald) - twin to Drake, one of Talia's yearmates
  • Elcarth (Dean) - Dean of the Collegium, historian
  • Elders - Holderkin title
  • Elise - palace servant
  • Elspeth (Princess) - Grove-Born Companion Gwena
  • Evalie - Talia's imaginary Companion
  • Evan - trader
  • Falthern (Lord)
  • Faramentha Jadrevalyn - King of Rethwellan
  • Farnherdt - Healer
  • Father's Mother - Holderkin title
  • Felara (Companion) - Herald Ylsa's Companion
  • Fess - Guard
  • Fiona (Lady)
  • Firstwife - Holderkin title
  • Fletcher - Holderkin
  • Fortunea (Companion) - Herald-Bard Jadus' Companion
  • Gartheser (Lord) - Selenay's councilor
  • Gaytha - servant, housekeeper
  • Geoffrey of Helmscarp (Lord)
  • Gerick (Herald)
  • Gerond - Herald trainee, one of Elspeth's yearmates
  • Gildas (Lord) - Selenay's councilor
  • Griffon (Herald) - Companion Harevis, FireStarting, one of Talia's yearmates
  • Gwena (Companion) - Grove-Born, Princess Elspeth's Companion
  • Harevis (Companion) - Herald Griffon's Companion
  • Harthen (Herald)
  • Hedric (Herald) - Lord Marshal's Herald
  • Hulda - mage
  • Hyron (Bard) - Selenay's councilor
  • Igan Horstfel - trader
  • Isrel (Underwife) - Holderkin
  • Jadus (Herald-Bard) - Companion Fortunea
  • Jan - palace servant
  • Jelthan (Lord) - Selenay's councilor and speaker for the Central districts
  • Jerard Stonesmith
  • Jeri (Herald) - Weaponsmaster's Second
  • Jethry - Maeven's baby
  • Jillian (Herald)
  • Jon - palace Guard
  • Joserlin Corby
  • Justus - Talia's brother
  • Kantor (Companion) - Herald Alberich
  • Karathanelan Jadrevalyn - married to Queen Selenay, prince of Rethwellan
  • Karli
  • Keldar (Firstwife) - Holderkin and matriarch of Talia's family
  • Kellev - Holderkin
  • Kemoc (Herald)
  • Keren (Herald) - mindspeech, lifebonded to Herald Ylsa and then Herald Sherrill, Collegium teacher, twin sister of Herald Teren
  • Kerithwyn - Healer
  • Kernos - deity
  • Kester (Lady) - Selenay's councilor
  • Kindas Sun-Kindler - Hardorn deity
  • Kris (Herald) - Gifts of farsight and mindspeech, Companion Tantris
  • Kyldathar (Companion) - Herald trainee Neave
  • Kyril (Seneschal's Herald) - farspeaking
  • Kyrith (Companion) - Herald Beltran
  • Levris - Guard
  • Loris - Healer
  • Loschal (Mayor)
  • Maeven - weatherwitch
  • Mavry (Herald)
  • Medren - palace servant
  • Melidy - palace servant, Elspeth's nurse
  • Mero - Collegium cook
  • Myrim - Healer, Selenay's councilor
  • Nada - Holderkin
  • Naril (Lady)
  • Nathen (Herald)
  • Neave (Herald) - Companion Kyldathar, projector
  • Nerissa (Herald) - called Nessa
  • Nestor (Lord)
  • Orthallen (Lord) - Kris' uncle, Selenay's councilor
  • Osten Deveral
  • Palinor (Lord) - Seneschal, Selenay's councilor
  • Patris (Herald)
  • Pelsin (Herald)
  • Peregrine (Lord)
  • Petar Ringwright
  • Ralf - palace servant
  • Randon - Lord Marshal
  • Relnethar (Lord) - Karsite noble
  • Restil (Prince) - Herald, Grove Born Companion Steladar, son of King Valdemar
  • Robin - page
  • Rolan (Companion)- Grove-Born, Companion of Queen's Own Herald Talamir until his death, then Chose Herald Talia
  • Rynee - mindhealer
  • Selenay (Queen) - Herald, Companion Caryo, married Karathanelan Jadrevalyn, mother of princess Elspeth
  • Sen - Holderkin
  • Sendar (King) - Queen Selenay's father
  • Lythe Shadowdancer - legendary Herald
  • Sherrill (Herald) - Companion Silkswift, lifebonded to Herald Keren
  • Silkswift (Companion) - Herald Sherrill
  • Skif (Herald) - Companion Cymry
  • Sofi (Companion) - Herald Destria
  • Solan - Hardornen military
  • Steladar (Companion) - Prince Restil, son of King Valdemar
  • Rothas Sunsinger - legendary Herald
  • Sylvan (Herald) - Collegium teacher (mathematics)
  • Talamir (Herald) - Grove-Born Companions Taver and Rolan, Queen's Own, chosen by Rolan when his Companion Taver died, grandfather to Keren and Teren
  • Talia (Herald) - Grove-Born Companion Rolan, Queen's Own, gift of empathy, lifebonded and married to Herald Dirk
  • Tantris (Companion) - Herald Kris' Companion
  • Taver (Companion) - Herald Talamir's Grove-Born Companion
  • Tavis of Brengard (Lord)
  • Tedric (Herald)
  • Tembor Earth-Shaker - Hardornen deity
  • Thesa - healer
  • Teren (Herald) - Collegium teacher and later Dean, twin of Herald Keren, Companion Wythra
  • Tuli - Herald trainee
  • Vostel (Herald)
  • Vrisa Sensdaughter - Talia's sister
  • Werda (Herald) - Collegium teacher
  • Wulf - Herald trainee
  • Wyrist (Lady) - Selenay's Councillor
  • Wythra (Companion) - Herald Teren
  • Yfandes (Companion) - Herald Mage Vanyel
  • Ylsa (Herald) - Companion Felara, Herald Courier, lifebonded to Herald Keren
  • Zaleka (Companion) - Herald Arven

Terms in the Series Edit

  • Argonel - drug
  • Arrow-Code - A code marked into the feathers of an arrow to convey a message, a combination of colored bands and the feathers enable Heralds to leave encoded messages for each other.  The colored bands indicate the message sent, for example, that a healer is needed, and the code in the feathers indicates which Herald is leaving the message.
  • Blues - students at the Collegium that are not a part of the Bardic, Healers or Heraldic students
  • Briar burl - a plant the Collegium cook tries to get Talia to cook
  • Chirra - creature used as a pack animal in winter areas
  • Cloister
  • Firebird
  • Gathering - Holderkin event
  • Goatsfoot mushroom - poisonous mushroom
  • Goddess's Servants - Holderkin group
  • Goldenoak - plant
  • Handmaidens of the Goddess - Holderkin group
  • Hicanth - plant
  • Hiring Fairs
  • Internship
  • Iron oak - plant
  • Jacinth - plant
  • Jays - birds
  • Maiden's Hope - plant
  • Snow fever - disease
  • Soap root -plant
  • Spongetoad
  • Tedrel Wars
  • Truth Spell

Places in the Series Edit

  • Berrybay
  • Breakneedle Street - a street in Haven
  • Burning Pines
  • Cordor
  • Crown and Candle - an Inn in Hardorn
  • Darkfell Peak - a mountain to the north of Valdemar
  • Dellcrag - mountain in Valdemar
  • Lake Evendim
  • Fivepenny Street - a street in Haven
  • Fivetree
  • Forest of Sorrows
  • Great Hall of Valdemar - part of the Palace complex in Haven
  • Greenhaven
  • Griffin's Egg - tavern in Haven
  • Gyrefalcon's Marches
  • Hardorn
  • Hevenbeck
  • Hostel
  • House of Healing - located on the Palace/Collegium grounds in Haven
  • Ice Wall Mountains
  • Ilderhaven - town in Hardorn
  • Keeper's Crossing
  • Kettlesmith
  • Knowles Crossing
  • Lady Fountain - place, Haven
  • Langenfield
  • Menmellith
  • Mount Thurlos
  • Ravenscroft
  • Sensholding
  • Southford
  • Steading
  • Sunsdale - Karsite town
  • Sweetsprings
  • Tailor's Court - place in Haven
  • Terilee River - river that runs through Haven and Valdemar
  • Three Rivers
  • Trevale
  • Triumph Gate - place, Hardorn
  • Virgin and Stars Tavern - tavern in Haven
  • Waymeet
  • Westmark

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