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
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
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
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
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 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*
It was hard tot follow at times because the story jumped forward so often. And the constant need to translate, or look up word definitions (thank god for the built in dictionary on my nook), got annoying after about 100 pages.
The ending was to quick, but maybe I am just used to drawn out conflicts of newer fantasy fiction.