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The Oathbound (Vows and Honor Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    Wonderful fantasy short fiction

    Sometimes I just miss things. This book is a good example of that, as it first came out back in the heyday of my sci-fi and fantasy reading, when I was still in school, but I never saw it or heard of it at the time. At some point over the last couple of years I had obviously heard about it in one way or another, as I had put it in my wishlist at Barnes & Noble, and it sat there for quite a while. While purchasing Christmas presents this past year I decided to throw this into a batch of stuff I was buying for other people (hey, I can buy presents for myself, right?), and a little after the holidays I was in the mood for some fantasy, so I dove in. Wow! I am not the easiest guy to impress, and this book is very impressive. Rather than being one long book, each chapter here (with the exception of the last few) are individual short stories revolving around the two main characters: Tarma, a swordswoman, and Kethry, a mage. These two are mercenaries, of a sort, though they fight more for justice than for money. Their adventures take them all over the place, and it is never the same thing twice. One of their adventures is even a mystery that has to be solved before time runs out. That was a nice change of pace. The writing is excellent, too, and I found myself with that whole 'just one more page...' syndrome that is the mark of every good book. In the end, you can tell that this was a great book because I bought the next two books in the series before I even finished this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    Oathbound: Vows and Honor Series Book 1

    This is an extremely well written book. It had depth and a captivating story-line. Not only was the plot intense, but the character development was wonderful. I really got into the character's pasts and feelings. I always wondered as I read, 'I wonder what is going to happen next!' And that, my friends, is a wonderful thing for a book to have. I just kept right on reading! It is hard for me to sit still; I have very little time to read as it is, but I made an exception for this lovely fantasy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2013

    Awesome Book

    I love all things from Mercedes Lackey and this book is no exception, it's amazing don't miss out!!!

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    Did Mercedes Lackey even write this? Disjointed, uninteresting,

    Did Mercedes Lackey even write this? Disjointed, uninteresting, flat characters, and really badly edited (worse than some recent self-published ebooks I've suffered through). I'm a big fan of Valdemar and was looking forward to more about Tarma and Kethry; this book was not it. Other goodreads reviewers say next in series reads less like a bunch of jumpy episodes and more like a real novel. On the fence whether I even want to start it, even from a free public library edition. Definitely not top of my "to read" wants.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    Rousing Sword and Sorcery

    I can remember Tarma and Kethry's introduction in a short story in the Sword and Sorceress III anthology, and they stood out to me even then. This particular book is more a collection of those early short stories, rather than an integrated novel like the sequel Oathbreakers, but it's not any less of a good read for that. This starts out as one of those hoary rape and revenge plots, but the characterizations lift this book beyond that. These are two of Lackey's most appealing characters, not just individually, but because the books featuring them show them as partners and friends rather than a focus on romance. It's also just plain fun action adventure in the classic sword and sorcery vein. Go read. Makes for a strong introduction to Lackey's works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    Vibrant and Thoroughly Enjoyable

    Tarma and Kethry proves that women aren't all meek mice who will scurry around doing as they are bid, but can do whatever a man can do too. Tarma's skills and Kethry's abilities form a pair unlike any other that I have seen thus far. They take me along for the ride on their battlesteeds and show me that I can do things even if others say that I cant. Mercedes Lackey has given us an amazing book with color and pizazz and providing a sequel that is just as good. Thank-you!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    Read this!!!

    I thought this book was an amazing read. It has magic, adventure, and the perfect amount of conflict. The heroines have the multi-dimentional qualities of real people, they have flaws and issues, but are the kind of people who you want at your back in a fight, or you want to talk to. The villain is delightfully evil and hateable. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and intend to read the rest in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2002

    The Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey

    This was a great book. A lot of good characters in the mix. The mood of Oathbound is interesting. I definitly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    Awesome characters and plot!! A must read!!

    I thought that overall, this was a really good book. Although it was VERY femnist, the plot was very well stated and there was a lot of action. All of the transforming of people from man and woman was very interestingly put, and Misty did an awesome job describing everything during the last battle when the mixing up gets almost confusing (when you read the ending you will know what I mean) The book was interesting because I am reading all of the Valdemar books in order, and I just finished the Last Herald-Mage series which was mostly taking place in civilization. This book took place in some in cities, but most outside of cities and that was cool. I could tell that Misty wanted to write this book for a long time, and it was worth all of her time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2001

    Great Book

    wonderful Charactors I really got into the plot and what would happen next. I would recomend it to people 16 and older

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