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Oathblood (Valdemar: Vows and Honor #3)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,365 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
This exciting new anthology includes a new novella featuring Mercedes Lackey's most popular heroines, Tarma (one of the sword-sworn and most feared of all warriors) and Kethry (who wields magic and weapons for the greater good), whose fates are suddenly bound together in blood by the powers that control their destinies. Also included in the unique volume is the complete co ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by DAW (first published 1998)
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Jeffe Kennedy
Jan 28, 2016 Jeffe Kennedy rated it it was amazing
Continuing my #readinghistory tribute to the Vows & Honor trilogy. I love how Tarma and Kethry establish their school - and a long-term platonic partnership. This also sets the stage for Kerowyn's tale, BY THE SWORD, which I entered a while back. I love it when stories interweave like this! Such a terrific, classic set of tales about kickass heroines, one a warrior, the other a sorceress. Clearly a big influence on me!
Oct 13, 2010 Kathleen rated it liked it
A collection of short stories about Tarma the horsewoman warrior and her partner Kethry the White Winds mage. Two of the stories were integrated into Oathbound, the first Vows and Honor book. These stories are interesting because they span the entirety of Tarma and Kethry's friendship as well as over ten years of Lackey's professional writing career.

Moreover, all of the stories are entertaining and fill in anything the reader wanted to know about the pair outside of what is covered in the novel
Otis Campbell
Aug 23, 2015 Otis Campbell rated it it was amazing

Tarma and Kethry: An Introduction • [Vows and Honor] • (1998) • essay by Mercedes Lackey
Sword-Sworn • [Vows and Honor] • (1986) • novelette by Mercedes Lackey
Turnabout • [Vows and Honor] • (1985) • novelette by Mercedes Lackey
The Making of a Legend • [Vows and Honor] • (1990) • shortstory by Mercedes Lackey
Keys • [Vows and Honor] • (1988) • novelette by Mercedes Lackey
A Woman's Weapon • [Vows and Honor] • (1992) • shortstory by Mercedes Lackey
The Talisman • [Vows and Honor] • (1990) • sho
Oct 31, 2014 Sophie rated it liked it
This book has a few random Tarma and Kethry stories, some of which I had already read in their other books, and one new novella about their adventures. I really liked the novella, maybe just for the opportunity to see how everything turned out with their magic/fighting school. Also, the girls who get kidnapped basically rescue themselves, which is awesome.

I also hadn't read the first Tarma and Kethry story, the one where they meet, before. It's funny because The Oathbound makes such a huge deal
Laurel Flynn
Apr 12, 2015 Laurel Flynn rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"Oathblood" is the third book of Mercedes Lackey's Vows and Honor trilogy, which takes place in her Valdemar universe. I really wish the series had been put together in chronological order. Two of the stories in "Oathblood" actually begin the series: "Sword-sworn" is the tale of the murder of Tarma's clan, of how she meets Kethry and of how vengeance is served. Next follows "The Talisman" which really seems to show Tarma and Kethry still getting to know each other as they begin the part of their ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Meagan rated it it was ok
This is the last novel in the Vows and Honors trilogy, and consists of short stories with introductory paragraphs about their origin from Lackey. I don't think I'd read this any of the other times I've read through the Valdemar series, and I don't think I was missing anything. Some of the stories are published in the first book of the series, others are from various other sources. There are two new ones. The first continues the story of the supposed war steed from Vanyel's time, and I always lov ...more
Sharyl M Dresser
Pure Mercedes Gold

Even though I love every book Mercedes Lackey has written or partnered on, I especially love reading her anthologies which show the breadth of her skill as a teller of stories. Everything seems brighter and feels more possible when I'm reading a new book by her. Please keep writing, your stories are gifts to my soul and keep my imagination vibrant with hope. oh and the strong smart females that populate your landscapes are also intoxicating and rewarding. My everlasting thanks!
Feb 21, 2012 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Having all the Tarma & Kethry short stories (or most of them--I think there are at least 2 not included; one written after this was published and a crossover tale with I Forget the Name) is worth the price of admission. I never did buy all of the Sword and Sorceress they were published in.

But the true delight here are the 2 new stories, both set after Oathbreakers, and show them as settled teachers and parents (Tarma is considered Clanmother or foster mother to Kethry's children). "Spring Pl
Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series provides one of the cornerstones of my reading history. After discovering her when quite young, I still follow new additions to the series - nearly twenty years later! I read and re-read these books over and over again throughout my youth, but I haven't re-read this series in its entirety in a long time - and never as an adult. There are some new books added to the series since the last time I read them, so this re-reading project is pretty exciting for me since ...more
Mar 02, 2011 diane rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
You know those books you read when you are younger than you are now and they make an impression and you think they will be crucial to your life for always and forever?

And then you do some growing up and changing and then re-read those books? And the power that they had over you is not as vast as you once thought? AND you also remember them somewhat differently than what they are?

Yeah, this is that book. I liked the stories, but I was really hoping to sink my teeth into something more meaty than
Jan 03, 2011 Bibliotropic rated it liked it
Shelves: valdemar
There are some ups and downs to this book. On the up-side, this book is a bunch of short stories and doesn't pretend to be anything but that, no half-hearted attempts to string them all together into something resembling a coherent and continuing plot. It was nice to see a few interesting adventures that Tarma and Kethry have suffered through, particularly the one inspired by Murphy's Law.

Also, I finally got to read the story in which the two main characters met in the first place.

The down side
Jeremy Preacher
Nov 22, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it really liked it
This is a Tarma and Kethry short story collection - including the story of their meeting, which really would have made sense as the beginning of Oathbound. We get bits and pieces of it in that and the middle book, but it's nice to see it all laid out.

The stories are a mixed bag, as might be expected. A couple of them are the basis for scenes in Oathbound (more or less exactly - I didn't bother to reread them, in fact.) A couple of them are basically concept pieces - a poisoning mystery, a Murphy
Mark Dewey
Apr 21, 2010 Mark Dewey rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, hardcopy
This is a collection of stories about two certain characters. There are strong, female characters (there's really a lot on this theme, although she does it more strongly than some authors). There are horses. I remember I learned something about how swindlers would feed horses arsenic to get them looking and acting younger for a while—but they'd feel the poison after they stopped eating the arsenic (after they were sold) and things would go downhill from there. There's a lot about a sword, too.

Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 28, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Tarma and Kethry
Oathblood, unlike Oathbreakers, is a collection of short stories involving Tarma and Kethry rather than an integrated novel. There is some overlap in stories from the first volume of the Vows and Honor series, Oathbound.

I didn't feel cheated, but then I find these two of Lackey's most appealing characters, and there was enough new material that even if you removed those stories from this volume, you'd still have a good value for your money. These stories deal not only with some gaps in the othe
Jan 14, 2014 h rated it it was ok
i hate to give lackey 2 stars. her writing is solid enough. but i really just didn't enjoy this collection. i wasn't digging the mishmash of short stories & novella. i didn't like that 2 stories are ones that ended up in oathbound (why reprint them at all?). and the novella had a flimsy veneer of story covering as an excuse to revisit beloved characters. as much as i like living in the T&K universe, i want to be there for a reason and i want to feel fully immersed. especially as a follow ...more
Oct 25, 2008 Jenna rated it really liked it
I'm just reviewing the whole series here, since I'm too lazy to break it up into bits. Wonderful characters and writing, good development and plot twists, not so great premise... sometimes this series gets way too repetitive... rape and revenge, rape and revenge. Oh guess what? Rape and revenge. Fortunately the circumstances and the people involved change every time, except for the heroes, the grand rape fighting, revenge taking heroes Tarma and Kethry. Don't get me wrong; I really like these pe ...more
Michelle ♣ Ndayeni
I remember being excited when this first came out because I'd wanted to read more about Tarma and Kethry than just the two books about them. I then remember being somewhat disappointed that this was mostly just a collection of the previously published short stories about them, most of which I had already tracked down in their original anthologies via the public library. Still, it was nice to have them all together in one volume, and the new stories that showed us some of their life after the end ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Mar 23, 2015 Jo Oehrlein rated it liked it
This is a collection of previously published Tarma & Kethry short stories plus a new novella.

It starts with the first story of Tarma & Kethry. It would really help to read this story before you read The Oathbound. Then, it continues with other stories, including 2 stories that are in Oathbound. Then, it finishes with a novella about life at their school. This story follows really nicely from Oathbreakers.

It's nice to get some sense of the school, the kids, the students, etc.
Dan Donovan
Jan 07, 2015 Dan Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
decent read

Simple easy well written read by a very talented and entertaining author. Primarily a collection of short stories woven together. Nothing taxing, just simple Mercedes Lackey - always well crafted and rapid moving entertainment of positive nature.
Keith Hilton
Not worth the price.

Book is mostly a repeat of several tales already sold on Amazon. Only the last short story was a new work. I would NOT recommend this book. Not enough "bang for your buck!"
Jan 22, 2016 Alayne rated it really liked it
Another set of short stories and one novella-length about Tarma and Kethry, mercenaries of the world of Valdemar but not in Valdemar. Good enough that I read it through in half a day.
Jan 08, 2015 carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun side stories

A fun group of signatories, my only disappoint ment was that 2 of the stories where from the previous books, although heavily edited and/changed.
Sep 12, 2014 Trixie rated it really liked it
Since I lost this in the move I really can't remember what this was about except...the Rethwellan dealy thing? Maybe? Oh well, it's still Tarma and Keth. I'm sure it was good.
Jan 22, 2010 Chuck rated it liked it
I great read if you've read the prior two novels in the series. This is unapologetically a collection of short stories, in which Lackey fills in some of the gaps in the history of Tarma and Keth. It includes their first meeting and an adventure that happens after the end of Oathbreakers, many years after Tarma and Keth have achieved their lifelong dream of establishing a school; it's two old vets back in action.

Great stories, well plotted, fun to read--I go really "gripped" by the last one in pa
Feb 04, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Great series, really enjoyed the whole story and plot line.

Also has great characters and builds up the world of valedmar even more.
Mar 15, 2013 Jordan rated it really liked it
This is what I wish The Oathbound would have been. There's no attempt to smush the short stories into novel format going on, and the balance of serious/dark and more lighthearted bits was much better. A couple of the short stories here are actually part of The Oathbound, so I skipped over those. Also, I skipped over two of the stories that I'd already read in volumes of Sword & Sorceress. The stories included range from Tarma and Kethry's first meeting all the way to a post-Oathbreakers stor ...more
Genre: High Fantasy

It’s hard to rate this book; it really should not be read in close proximity to Oathbound. It’s a collection of Tarma and Kethry short-stories, unfortunately half of them are the short-stories that Oathbound is based on, and the variations between the two versions are almost non-existent. The stories that are new in this book are quite enjoyable – although motivations described and the behavior employed are quite juvenile and not at all nuanced. This is especially true of the
Dec 08, 2015 Joanna rated it liked it
Two of the first 3 stories are ones previously told. But the rest were new to me.
Debra Meyer
Was disappointed in this one,only good thong about it was I found out what happened to them, but to a large extent it repeated some of the previous stuff.
Aug 15, 2014 Helen rated it liked it
The later stories, particularly the title one, compensated pretty well for the disappointing first story and the duplications.
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &a ...more
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Valdemar: Vows and Honor (3 books)
  • The Oathbound (Valdemar: Vows and Honor, #1)
  • Oathbreakers (Valdemar: Vows and Honor, #2)

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