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By the Sword (Kerowyn's Tale Series #1)

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Granddaughter of the sorceress Kethry, daughter of a noble house, Kerowyn had been forced to run the family keep since her mother's untimely death. Yet now at last her brother was preparing to wed, and when his bride became the lady of the keep, Kerowyn could return to her true enjoyments - training horses and hunting.

But all Kerowyn's hopes and plans were shattered when her anscestral home was attacked, her father slain, her brother wounded, and his fiancee kidnapped. Drive by...

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Overview

Granddaughter of the sorceress Kethry, daughter of a noble house, Kerowyn had been forced to run the family keep since her mother's untimely death. Yet now at last her brother was preparing to wed, and when his bride became the lady of the keep, Kerowyn could return to her true enjoyments - training horses and hunting.

But all Kerowyn's hopes and plans were shattered when her anscestral home was attacked, her father slain, her brother wounded, and his fiancee kidnapped. Drive by desperation and the knowledge that a scorcerer had led the journey which would prove but he first step on the road to the fulfillment of her destiny.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886774639
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1991
  • Series: Valdemar: Kerowyn's Tale Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 201,174
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

    The book is great, the eBook not so great

    I loved this book in its print form: it's got a great character, a fairly different set-up, and serves as a wonderful start of the whole "Winds" and "Storm" series of stories. When the ebook became available, I jumped at the chance to be able to take this on the road.

    I would have rated this book higher, except that, sadly, the eBook shows appalling signs of never having been proofread. It is literally filled with hundreds (yes, I counted) of errors. These are things like:
    1. Incorrect use of the short dash instead of the long (typographical) dash
    2. Obvious OCR errors (the word "corner" is changed to "comer" in many places)
    3. Incorrect or inconsistent italics
    4. Words that are in bold when they shouldn't be (the print version didn't use bolding at all)
    5. Incorrect switching of single and double quotes, as well as using open quote instead of close quote or vice versa
    6. Spaces or hyphens in the middle of words that shouldn't be there
    7. Punctuation missing from some places.

    Don't get me wrong. You can still enjoy the story very well, but if you're a stickler for grammar and spelling, and expect something that looks like it was, you know, spell-checked and proofread, then you'll be very annoyed by this.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2002

    Pretty good book.

    I thought this book was pretty good. There just seemed to be something missing that I just can't seem to grasp. I recomend this book to anyone reading the Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey. Any people reading all the books by chronological order, my advice to you is this: read part one and two right after the Vows and Honor, then read Talia's tales (Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Flight and Arrow's Fall), and then go back and read part three. Follow the time line normally afterward.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    To epicness

    Your story is awesome!! I haven't reviewed it until now...so I decided to! Especially since nobody seems to have reviewed it yet..O.e. I have never played the Kirby games so I don't always understand at first but I think I may have a much better understanding of the game now. Plus your story is just super-cool. Keep going!! Pleeeaaase don't be the next fanfic to die on me!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    Epicness to all

    Moving to "dark phoenix" all res.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Kirby and the Dark Phoenix: Chapter 15

    Daro was in Meta Knight's ship. He was yelling at Mecha Waddle Dee. "WHY DID YOU LET THEM GET AWAY!?" Daro screeched. Mecha responded in its cool robotic voice. "THEY WERE TOO CLEVER. ESPECIALLY THE YELLOW WADDLE DEE." Daro screeched. "THAT IS NO EXCUSE TO LET THEM FLEE!" With that, he picked up Mecha Waddle Dee with its talons, and crushed it. Copper, bronze, and electric spark flew everywhere. Daro turned toward Knuckle Joe. "You're in charge now." He said. Knuckle Joe nodded and commanded the Drabatirds to get to work.<p>***<p>Kirby came to. He sat up and he was sitting on Dynablade. Kirby turned around and saw the island in the distance, slowly being consumed by the fiery explosion. "'Ey, Kirby." Epic said, more sorrowfully than usual. Kirby was about to ask her when he realized what happened at the volcano: Dragomagma's defeat, retrievong the Star Rod, escaping the volcano... Tac's death. They sat in silence for a while before Kirby gestured, asking where the others were. "I told them to back off a lil' bit, let ya rest. Lumin and Meta Knight had no problem with this, since they have wings. But Wheelie and Sir Kibbles don't. Fortunately, your old friends was there for vacation." Kirby looked over to the side and saw a large owl carrying Sir Kibbles and a blue fish carrying Wheelie. His old friends acknowledged cheerfully. Kirby waved at them, then asked Epic through gestures were they were going. "Well, we're headin' towards a tundra. Lumin spotted a shrine over there-" she pointed northward "-so we're goin' over there." Kirby nodded and chatted with Coo.<p>After dropping off Sir Kibbles and Wheelie, Coo and the fish ((I FORGOT HIS NAME DX)) left, wishing Kirby good luck on his journey. The place was covered in snow and evergreen trees stood for miles around, wearing white blankets. "Ironic that after being on an island, we end up in a tundra, isn't it?" Epic said. "C'mon, let's go find the sword."<p>((This has to be the first chapter in many chapters to have no action XD))

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    A++++

    This was the first book I read from her collection, all her books are well written and keep you going!!!

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Great Expectations

    By virtue of a mix-up in the mail, I haven't had a chance to read this book yet. I expect to enjoy it very much since I have been a fan of Mercedes Lackey's ever since I read Arrows of the Queen. Fantasy fiction of a high order suits my tastes very well, and this is it. Pure escapism, and well written, too. The only reason the rating is not higher is because I haven't actually read this particular book yet, as I have already mentioned.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Crosses Together Two Series in a Winning Way

    Two series Lackey published early on was Vows and Honor, dealing with Tarma and Kethry and the Valdemir series, dealing with Heralds, a police/military force bonded with magical horses. Both series were favorites of mine when I was a decade younger and still hold up now. Although I think "By the Sword" could stand alone, I'd read those novels first, the Vows and Honors are first chronologically speaking and start with "The Oathbound" and the first Herald Trilogy, beginning with "Arrows of the Queen" and ending with "Arrows Fall" overlap some and would act as a spoiler. Having loved the other series, the small roles in this book by the earlier characters was a treat and I found Kerowyn appealing. I like how this novel dealt with life in a mercenary company and in that way is reminiscent of Moon's "The Deed of Paksenarrion." This was an engaging and fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I think that By The Sword is an excellent book.

    It is a fast paced adventure that everybody who reads it will enjoy. It takes place in a fantasy world, where mythical creatures interact with humans and magic is a reality. The main character is a woman who decides to become a mercenary when she was a teenager. It is based in the medieval time peroid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    GREAT BOOK!!

    I really liked this book. It was one of the best Mercedes Lackey books. Read it! You will like it!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2004

    Really Good

    I thought this was a great book. my friend and i read it at the same time and we both really liked it. Mercedes Lackey does a great job every time she writes a book. i hope she writes some more involving Kero or her children or something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2003

    This may be the one!

    I hate picking favorites with Mercedes Lackey, but if I was forced to, this would be the one. I've read it at least 5 times so far, and look forward to doing it again! Amazing stories from a brilliant woman! I cannot say enough for Mercedes Lackey, what would we do without her?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2002

    A MUST READ!

    This is by far my favourite novel of all time. Mercedes Lackey excels in characterization, takes the reader on a journey that is unforgetable. I wanted it to go on forever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2001

    The Exception to the Lackey Line-up

    This was not bad. I liked the character and enjoyed the plot but it fell in areas pertaining to the relationship between Kero and the Herald Eldan. The idea that he would invade her dreams via his mind skills seemed akin to a subtle mind-rape. Quite disturbing when one considers that in other stories Mercedes condemns actions similar to this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2001

    a truely femnist sort of fantasy

    I loved the main character, Kerowyn. She was powerful, as well as beautiful. She didn't take any lip from anyone, and she was her own leader. But she fell for one man, and learned to share. It was a wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2001

    THIS IS ONE OF HER BEST!

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! If you are thinking about reading it, do, and you won't regret it. AWESOME character development, great plot, good romance, and lots of action. Kerowyn is a great character, and taking a walk in her story is absolutely amazing!!!!!!

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    Posted July 13, 2010

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