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Preview — Oathbreakers by Mercedes Lackey
Oathbreakers (Valdemar: Vows and Honor #2)
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 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
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
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
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
I would have dearly loved more of the story of before joining the Sunhawks, or like the first year.... However, I was still very overjoyed in reading the book. The songs help ...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
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
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
I do enjoy the political intrigue and watching the romance between Jadrick and Ketry grow. It was nice to see a guest spot with a herald and his companion.
These are fun reads and they don't take a lot of concentration they fill the need when you are looking for something light and pure escapism.
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
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
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
As far as the story ...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
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
This book has a much more coherent plot and lets you get to know the characters much more deeply than before. I think Lackey matured as a writer and didn't fall back on s ...more
I adored this book when it came out (back when I was in high school). Like Oathbound, it doesn’t hold up as well reading it as an adult. Unlike Oathbound, this book is structured like a novel and has bits I still really enjoy - the poetry of the pivotal scene still resonates with me, even if it is over-the-top. The dialogue is still not Lackey’s strong point, although there are fewer pointless observations then there were in Oathbound. Lackey’s talent here is really for creati ...more