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Preview — Oathbreakers by Mercedes Lackey
Oathbreakers (Valdemar: Vows and Honor #2)
And evil had indeed cast its ...more
3/31/17 - this is probably the most stand-alone of the three Tarma and Kethry books. But all three are very good. I ditched all of my MZB books a while back, including all of the Sword and Sorcery anthologies. So the three books that Ms Lackey has published are most welcome, as ...more
Oathbreakers was always my favorite of the duology, and now I remember why. It's far less episodic than Oathbound, with a coherent plot for all but the first few chapters of the book, and of course there is much, much less rape, all of which is offscreen and specifically noted as a power crime over everything else. It's actually really interesting how it's treated in Oathbreakers as opposed to Oathbound: Oathbound it's treated as kind of i ...more
The Leslac Version
There’s Always a Reason (A Curse Upon All Bards)
Surprised by Joy
Suffer the Children
Swordlady, or “That Song”
Mirror Spell (Shield Spell)
(It may also incl ...more
While you don't need to read the first book in order to enjoy this one, if you love this one I highly recommend going back and reading the first one.
This story revolves around the disappearance of Idra, commander of the Sunhawks mercenaries. Tarma and Kethry are the members of the mercenary company who lead an investigation into what happened to their beloved leader. The mystery isn't the that complex or really the appeal of the sto ...more
This book made a Mercedes Lackey fan out of me; I was lukewarm about the first one in the series and it had many of the flaws a first novel might. It's amazing how much Lackey grows as an artist between the first novel in the series and the second; better writing, even at the sentence level, better plotting, and more polish in general to go with her two wonderful characters ...more
Another one of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books, this one deals with two women (Tarma and Kethry) who are sworn in an oathbound sisterhood. I won't get in to the vengeance here, that's up to you to discover!
An interesting note here (to me anyway..) is that Tarma is the only literary character that I find "attractive". While ...more
Jadrek is a great character, Kethry's magical development is awesome, Tarma continues to be the best. I like travel stories, especially ones that involve surviving the elements. Also, there were Heralds! Well, one Herald.
While having read the first Vows and Honor book is a definite prerequisite, this trilogy is shaping up to be fi ...more
Tarma and Kethry, Oathbound sisters, enter the Sunhawk mercenary company, c ...more
This is the second book of the two book set. It is about the adventures of two mercenaries named Tarma and Kethry. This book picks up what seems to be a few year ...more
This one actually visits Valdemar, as well as introducing Idra's Sunhawks. So, as some other reviews have mentioned, there's a bit of a problem because there's magic practiced and discussed in Valdemar (admittedly, right near the border).
I find it a little odd that the heir to the Valdemar throne has unilateral ability to make promises on behalf of the kingdom. And, anyway, how did he end up the ...more
Oathbreakers is probably my favorite book in the same world as the "Heralds of Valdemar" series. The heroines, Tarma and Kethry do know of and encounter Heralds, but are themselves mercenaries. Because this is not strictly a "Heralds" book, the reader is spared the exposition about the Heralds that is in *every* *single* * ...more
Tarma: She was one of the Sin'a'in sword-sworn—the most elite of all warriors, and she had taken blood vengeance upon the brigands who massacred her people.Kethry: She fled her oppressive arranged marriage and became a powerful sorceress of the White Winds School, only to be bonded to a uniquely magical sword which drew her to women in need. Bound by sword-spell and the will of the Goddess, Tarma and Kethry swore a blood oath to carry on their mutual fight against evil and injustice. Now they ha...more
The relationships deepen, the action is just as interesting as ever, and the ending is highly satisfying on several levels. I also think this book stands a much better ch ...more
It's still very much pulp - the language, while competent and noticeably smoother than its immediate predecessor, is still rather faux-medieval and occasionally overwrought, the plot is a little too pat to be totally believable, and it's yet another rape-revenge story at th ...more
The earlier book, Oathbound proceeds this--I don't think you have to read it to enjoy this book, but I'd recommend it highly too. That first book is more a collection of stories--this one is a true novel. I enjoy it for its depiction of a mercenary company, the Sun Hawks, which is evocatively depicted here. It's nice to see a fantasy novel not just about a lone hero b ...more
This is a darker book with an appalling villain you love to HATE! A great cast of characters, including some really spectacular horses. Yes, if you put pretty hor ...more
As far as the story ...more
The greatest strength of the novel is the friendship between Tarma and Kethry: an epic bond of the sort that is usually only allowed to male characters. It is infinitely refreshing to have two strong women with ironclad bonds of sisterhood.
The story itself if interesting, and decently paced, though nothing extraordinary. It was ...more