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By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey
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Jul 18, 2011

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Read in December, 2011

3.5 stars (Oh, Goodreads, won't you please give us half stars?)

I found the beginning of this book a little slow to get through. I enjoyed the story overall, but I did think, for a story with such a broad scope (covering decades) it was a little aimless. Essentially the story of Kerowyn's tale. No real overarching plot, but a series of smaller plots and conflicts. And I didn't feel a huge satisfaction of resolution at the end, because there was a new storyline introduced, so while this is touted as one of Lackey's stand alone novels, I can't help but feel there was a lot left unsaid.

But, despite all that, I really enjoyed this heroine and the story definitely captured my attention. I've not read a lot by Lackey in the past (I don't know why, my brother is a big fan so we own a lot of her books), but I'd definitely consider checking out one of her trilogies, if someone pointed me in the direction of one of the better ones.

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message 1: by Juli (new)

Juli I am partial to the very first trilogy, Talia's Arrows of the Qeen books, because it's a brand-new world and she sets it up well. For high drama and some of her finest writing, the Vanyel trilogy (Magic titles) is wonderful.

message 2: by Estara (new)

Estara I think Kerowyn's Tale really only works when you've read the set-up of the Valdemar novels - at least the first trilogy Arrows of the Queen AND the Oathbound books about Tarma and Kethryveris (basically collections of short stories she wrote about those two in the Sword & Sorceress anthologies by Marion Zimmer Bradley - and one real novel).
Then the impact of that last battle in By The Sword is much more felt.

Angela James I read the Tregrade books. I liked them!

message 4: by Estara (new)

Estara Angela wrote: "I read the Tregrade books. I liked them!"

She actually wrote a new short story in the Tregarde universe in her anthology collection Trio of Sorcery. I haven't read it yet but am eyeing it.

Also recommended: her one urban fantasy with Indian shamans - Sacred Ground.

message 5: by Ivy (new)

Ivy Reisner Of the Valdemar books, I liked Magic's Pawn best. The rest of that trilogy is so-so, but that book is great.

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