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

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

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by Mercedes Lackey
     
 

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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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101127261
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
02/05/1991
Series:
Valdemar: Kerowyn's Tale Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
39,548
File size:
893 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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.

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By the Sword (Kerowyn's Tale Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 81 reviews.
W_Wyoung More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
anne_jindra 3 months ago
It was the 1980s and feminism was taking fantasy writing by storm. There were movements (Lackey is quoted as apologizing in a cover letter for a predecessor to "By the Sword", saying I know it's another rape and revenge story...), countermovements (Chicks in Chainmail was a huge pun based series of short stories meant to take back the C word), and drives to provide role models for young women, and growing kids. Fantasy was still based largely on reality- which is no bad trick. It wasn't until modern day that we started to experience completely religion free examples of magic (Harry Potter, Twilight, most crappy urban fantasy...). Lackey was an example of her time, but she created such driving, immersive and character based stories that she rocketed to the top of the market. While she started the Valdemar series with "Arrows of the Queen" (based off of a dream she had, although she warns would be writers to avoid the enchanting thought of doing the same- please see "How to Write" for inspiration instead), "By the Sword" rocketed her to the top of the market. Kerowyn is a little sister, a repressed girl with tomboy tendencies, forced to worship and work for Agnetha in her home- the mother aspect of the triple Goddess. Her mother is passed away and her brother is about to get married, her grandmother is a thing of myths and warnings. It sounds like a Disney Film waiting to happen. Her brother's wedding is stormed and her daydreams come true via nightmares- what's now run of the mill in fantasy, but Lackey did it before it was cool. Her grandmother's magic sword wakes for her and basically saves her as she tracks down her brother's new wife, runs off to a life of mercenaryhood and eventually meets and falls in love with the fabled Heralds of Valdemar. The mindmagic, the enchantments, the guardian spirits- all of the elements of the story from the traditional to the cliche (the Hawkbrothers are a white version of Native Americans) are true to form and are a great study point for anyone interested in the influence of mythology on modern day fiction. Overall it's a gripping, if feminist, action packed example of exactly why Mercedes Lackey is one of the richest authors in the history of man. http://badfantasyrx.blogspot.com/2016/08/mercedes-lackey-by-sword.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously how did No one catch that its merc not mere I don't think that one was right even once
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading Mercedes Lackey with her Vows and Honor Series and I absolutely loved it! From there I just kept on reading her books and when I finally got my hand on this particular book, I expected it to enchant me as the previous three books did. Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed. I expected Kero to be as epic as Kethry and Tarma but she fell short in all aspects. I think I was sorely disappointed by the potential of what Kerowyn could have been. Though she has Kethry's ability to use sorcery, she doesn't tape into that potential. In fact, they mention it in passing what a great potential it would be to hear Need's call and also be a warrior. In fact, I thought it was such a waste that she kept on repressing her magic side because she wanted to be a 'warrior'. I would think that any warrior would jump at the chance to be an effective fighter as well as wield magic. Heck, isn't she one of a kind?!  Oh, well. I must say, the ending was pretty epic but maybe it was because I felt like it was the only real exciting part of the book. I felt the book couldn't hold my attention and it took three tries to finish it. It didn't engage me quite like the previous books and I found her to be rather dull. I was hoping when they mentioned Kethry's extended family we'd see more of the Shinanin or other familiar people from the previous books. I felt like this book was a teaser for many things, dangling the carrot of exciting things to come...but never delivering. I personally don't recommend it because I never feel a sequel that didn't center around familiar characters that you love live up to their potential and just disappoint you. This book just enforces that belief.
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This was the first book I read from her collection, all her books are well written and keep you going!!!
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