The Oathbound (Valdemar: Vows and Honor #1)
Note: This books is a bunch of loosely connected short stories collected into one book. It does not contain the story of Tarma and Kethry's first meeting, Sword Sworn published in the Sword and Sorceresses III Anthology. While this book takes place in the same universe as Lackey's...more
This book was actually a little less girl-powerful than I was expecting. Tarma--the nomadic swordswoman--is taught by spirits who seem to be...more
I have to say that, overall, I liked this book; I really am intrigued by its two main characters, Tarma and Kethry. Lackey's "world" is, as is most fantasy, a medieval type culture. Tarma is one of the Plains people; Kethry is kind of a Paladin, a warrior with magic powers who is honor bound to do good.
My reservations are that the book is episodic; you can tell that t...more
As introductions to fantasy worlds go, this is by and large a good one. The characters of Tarma and Kethry remain some of my favorites in any Lackey book. (Kethry's granddaughter Kerowyn is probably my ultimate fave.) They're dynamic and engaging, have an i...more
It was good for that -- the first half of the book is kind of one story, and the second half is kind of a series of short stories. Consequently, there was a ton of 'refreshing' on the subject at hand that wasn't really nec...more
The stories are a good addition to Valdemar lore - they provide some excellent background on Shin'a'in culture.
Highly recommended for anyone wanting to read some fantasy lore - especially for those who are already Mercedes Lackey fans.
This is the first book of the two book set. It is about the adventures of two mercenaries named Tarma and Kethry. The beginnings of Tarma's and Kethry's stories...more
Adult/ YA audience. Mature themes including rape, rape of a child, abuse. Wonderful tale in the sword and sorcery fantasy style. Book has funny moments woven in but is slanted towards a female readership. Two female protagonists have each been abused and wronged by males and are now serving as defenders of wronged women everywhere. There is another novel and a collection of short stories in this series, plus it ties in with Mercedes Lackey's very popular V...more
The Swordswoman: She was Tarma. Born to the Clan of the Hawk of the nomadic Shin'a'in people she saw her entire clan slain by brigands. Vowing blood revenge upon the murderers, she became one of the sword-sworn, the most elite of all warriors. And trained in all forms of death-dealing combat, she took the road in search of her enemies.... And the Sorceress: She was Kethry. Born to a noble house, sold into a hateful "marriage," she fled life's harshness for the sanctuary of the White Winds, a pow...more
This novel takes place a...more
Maybe I've been reading male-written fantasy for too long, but it was so incredibly refreshing to have two strong, female characters: characters who loved each other, themselves, and fighting injustice. It was like a superhero story in fantasy novel form. Sure, it was a bit unrealistic. And sure, it took itself SUPER seriously. But I finis...more
The composition of the story is rather chaotic - many ideas and attempts to prove various points with random events. Sorry. Not. Working. Characters are rather shallow, but Lackey tries to c...more
I mean I do like the characters well enough. Though I wish Tarma was legit asexual and not "This magic lets me resist the temptation but ooooh hot demon guy." *sigh*
When this came out (back when I was in junior high) this was my favorite book. However, it just doesn’t hold up to re-reading as an adult. It feels like what it is – cobbling together a bunch of short stories. It has a plot, but it’s not as strong as the plots of the stories within it, nor do all the stories in it contribute to that overall plot. The dialogue is weaker then I remember too – the characters doing random comments about themselves or each other that only seemed de...more