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
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
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
It suffers from missing the first story about the pair telling how they met, and from the fact that later chapters are neither fish nor fowl when it comes to being short stories or a novel. There is an ongoing thread of story in their battle against a demon, but it isn't solidly plotted as a whole novel. The tales also aren't as self-contained and distinct enough to be good ...more
Oathbound and its sequel Oathbreakers comprise the story of Tarma and Kethry, who more or less personify the sword-and-sorcery genre. Tarma, our swordswoman, is Shin'a'in and the last of her clan, which is a Big Deal: she became what is essentially a priest to avenge her ...more
Tarma and Kethry are unlikely companions, mage and warrior. Bound together to go against bandits, they've stuck together to get Tarma home to the plains to claim her birthright. There's plenty in the way before the can fulfill that though.
It would have been nice to have a little more backstory from both Tarma and Kethry. Nevertheless, the bit you ...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.
You can definitely tell that these were short stories formerly published in the S&S magazine. They have that detached-but-connected feel to them. Still, excellent tales! It's lovely to see that Mercedes Lackey was already writing so well so early in her career.
First read: approx 2009
First of all, the story jumps right in after the two main characters have met and if you want to first read how Tamra lost her clan, became Sworn, then met Kethry, and how they became blood-sisters you have to first read the 58 page short story Sword Sworn. Otherwise you really start to feel like you've missed something important.
The storyline was choppy and sometimes felt repetitive. It often seemed like the book was originally supposed to be a collection ...more
Doesn't help that the Tarma & Kethry story began in another short story collection and that short story isn't duplicated here.
The book should have a major trigger warning on it for rape. It's definitely a recurring theme.
In the beginning, they discourage people from saying Thalhkarsh's name, but by the end they're using the name repeatedly in telling the story. Is this natural that people just relax over time or an inconsisten ...more
Warning : spoilers ahead.
And boy is this book rapey. Both of the characters are raped in their childhood, which sets both of them onto their path of warriorhood, and on the path of this book's disgusting relationship with womanhood a ...more
Hawk on the Wing (aka Tale'sedrin)
(Shin'a'in) Song of the Seasons
(Shin'a'in) War Song
Gift of Amber
Wind’s Four Quarters
Advice to Young Mages/Magicians
Price of Command
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