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Oathbreakers (Valdemar: Vows and Honor #2)

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Evil had cast its shadow over the kingdom of Rethwellan. When Idra, leader of the Sunhawks mercenaries, failed to return from a journey to her home, Tarma and Kethry, warrior and mage, set out in search of their vanished leader.
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 3rd 1989 by Daw Books
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Kathleen
Jan 20, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Immediate reaction: oh thank god, I remembered correctly.

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
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Sophie
I liked the events of this one much better than the events of The Oathbound. Spying and intrigue are much more to my taste than demon rapists. There was rape in this one, too, which was disappointing, but it wasn't anywhere near as bad as the first book.

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.
Serena
Sep 03, 2014 Serena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It may interest those who have read this book to know that Mercedes Lackey also put out a cassette/CD of the same name. You can sample some of the songs on YouTube, although the only place to buy it is from the Firebird Arts and Music website.



1)
The Leslac Version
2)
Contemplations
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There’s Always a Reason (A Curse Upon All Bards)
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Surprised by Joy
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(Love) Found
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Need
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Oathbreakers
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The Sunhawks
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Suffer the Children
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Swordlady, or “That Song”
11)
Mirror Spell (Shield Spell)

(It may also incl
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Jeanne
Apr 16, 2013 Jeanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Feminist Fantasy fans
See my review about the first book in the series The Oathbound.

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
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Jeffe Kennedy
Jan 27, 2016 Jeffe Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second in the Vows & Honor trilogy, to continue fleshing out my #readinghistory. This one really deepened the story of Tarma and Kethry - and led us more into Tarma's fraught history. I love the friendship between these two heroines, which set many of my ideas about the kinds of female relationships I wanted to write someday.
Meg
Jun 22, 2007 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Man, I don't know what it is about me and revenge stories! Well, to be fair, in this case it's less "revenge" and more "vengence"... which, in my mind, is not quite the same.

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
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Chuck
Jan 22, 2010 Chuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading 100 books in 2010; reviews will be short for a while 'til I catch up blogging with what I've already read this year.

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
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Kathleen
Kethry and Tarma join a mercenary company, go to Valdemar, summon Goddesses, and work a whole lot of magic. They also manage to discuss magic with a Herald well after Vanyel's time and well before Selenay's reign, but I think I can justify the inconsistency in the series by imagining there were no air sprites that close to the Rethwellian border on that particular day. Just go with it.

While having read the first Vows and Honor book is a definite prerequisite, this trilogy is shaping up to be fi
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Nicole N.
Sep 22, 2014 Nicole N. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realized that if I don't like the first book in a Lackey's series, I tend to like the second and third book a lot more. Considering this is the second book in the series, I like this one a lot. Granted, there is a lot of information to swallow in this series and some parts (to me) just appeared out of the blue (almost out of convenience or in a "scapegoat" manner). Regardless, this is a thrilling 2nd book in the series.

Tarma and Kethry, Oathbound sisters, enter the Sunhawk mercenary company, c
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Laurel Flynn
Apr 12, 2015 Laurel Flynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Of the books in the Vows and Honor trilogy, which take place in Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar Universe, this is the only one that is a complete novel. The stories of "Oathbound" concerned the free-lance mercenary adventures of swordswoman Tarma and mage Kethry. The novel "Oathbreakers" is about Tarma and Kethry's experiences as members of Idra's Sunhawks mercenary company. The final novella, "Oathblood", contained in the compilation of the same name, is from the times after Tarma and Kethry have fo ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Better than book #1 in this series. It actually feels like a novel, not a collection of short stories.

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
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Aerine
Mar 24, 2014 Aerine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this one because I really couldn't get The Sunhawks out of my head. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oat0uG... I've read it several times. Again, if you're reading the electronic copy, have patience because obviously no one thought to make sure things were spelled right, or that they were laid out correctly.

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
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Kendra
Jun 20, 2014 Kendra rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I am a very big fan of Mercedes Lackey, and with rare exceptions, I have really enjoyed reading her books. That said, the Vows & Honor books stand out as two of my all time favorites. The story is well paced, the characters are well fleshed and the language flows wonderfully. This series is one of those that I recommend to everyone.

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
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Jordan
Jan 25, 2013 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
This was much better than the previous novel, The Oathbound. Probably a lot of that was due to the fact that this was one complete story, whereas the previous book was several short stories kind of mushed together. Also, Need, the magic sword that compels Kethry and Tarma to help women, has apparently become more restrained in this book so there was less running about and less cheese with the whole righteous women power bit. It felt much more like a novel with strong female leads than the estrog ...more
Bibliotropic
Dec 29, 2010 Bibliotropic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: valdemar
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Hope
Jan 17, 2008 Hope rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read FAR too much Mercedes Lackey, and have absolutely no wish to write about everything. Therefore, I'm reviewing one - and ONLY one - book in each of her various worlds.

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* *
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Victoria
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
Stephanie
May 10, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this on the heels of the first in the series ("The Oathbound") and after already having fallen in love with Tarma and Kethry through "By the Sword". That being said, "Oathbreakers" is MUCH more satisfying than the first in the series. It feels more like a complete story than the first, and it is highly satisfying to read.

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
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Ward Bond
Nov 01, 2014 Ward Bond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

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Michelle ♣ Ndayeni
Another blast from the past as I slowly continue my re-read of the Valdemar universe books. In this book we see Tarma and Kethry "all grown up" as it were. Not that they weren't quite mature before, but now they have several more years of experience under their belts, both as an independent team and as part of a mercenary company. Both have learned much about how to work with and train others, skills that will be vital for them to be able to found their fighting and magecraft schools as they wan ...more
Jeremy Preacher
Nov 21, 2011 Jeremy Preacher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Oathbreakers is the only proper novel in the Tarma-and-Kethry sequence, and it's good. It's a little more of a proper Valdemar novel, despite only barely touching on Valdemar itself, and much less a sword-and-sorcery pastiche.

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
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Alayne
Jan 21, 2016 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this just after midnight - it was too good to put down! The second in the Vows and Honor series, it was much more of a Lackey story than the first one. A story of a mystery and revenge, it follows her usual good style of great character development and terrific plot. Recommended.
Debra Meyer
Aug 25, 2015 Debra Meyer rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give more stars to this one it was beyond amazing and loved it totally,had plot twists I didn't see coming and the ending was totally gripping I couldn't put it down till the end last night and ended up being up LONG PAST bedtime in order to finish the book.
Meagan
Jan 21, 2014 Meagan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second book in the Oath series, though this one benefits from having one main story arc. Still has a weird problem or two (like one of the main characters (view spoiler) but less egregious this time around.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 28, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Fans
I find Tarma and Kethry two of Lackey's most appealing characters. (To say nothing of Warrl, a kind of androgenous talking wolf).

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
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Dan Donovan
Jan 04, 2015 Dan Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lackey rides again

Fast paced book with enough action woven into a pleasant story line to make good easy reading. Nothing original or challenging, just a good pleasant read.
Kerri
Jun 11, 2009 Kerri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tarma and Kethry (and Warrl of course), are among my favorite characters in Lackey's Velgarth books, and in this second part of the Vows and Honor duology, they continue to kick serious ass and save the world. This time, their enemies include a ruthless usurper, an evil mage, and a slanderous Bard. There are new friends too of course, and some romance for Kethry. Unlike The Oathbound, this is a full novel, not a loosely connected series of stories. But like the stories, it's just as full of acti ...more
Cindy
Feb 23, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I read this series years ago. I decided to re-read them and read all the Heralds of Valdemar books chronologically.

Loved it just as much this time as the first time!
Melinda
Apr 09, 2012 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book of this trilogy, no small part due to the fact that it is the only one actually written as a book. The first one is a collection of stories that Lackey strung together into a storyline, but occasionally feels disconnected. The following book doesn't even pretend to be a full story, and while it has a short novella, most of the book is just a collection of all the short stories of Tarma & Kethry, some of which had already been used in the Oathbound.

As far as the story
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Trixie
Sep 12, 2014 Trixie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The end to Kethry and Tarma's story. Aw. =c I could've used more but I see how important they are to the main story. I'm glad I met them.
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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)
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