Oathblood (Vows and Honor Series #3)

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This exciting new anthology includes a new novella featuring Mercedes Lackey's most popular heroines, Tarma (one of the sword-sworn and most feared of all warriors) and Kethry (who wields magic and weapons for the greater good), whose fates are suddenly bound together in blood by the powers that control their destinies. Also included in the unique volume is the complete collection of Lackey's short stories about these two brave sisters as they answer the call of their destinies ...

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Overview

This exciting new anthology includes a new novella featuring Mercedes Lackey's most popular heroines, Tarma (one of the sword-sworn and most feared of all warriors) and Kethry (who wields magic and weapons for the greater good), whose fates are suddenly bound together in blood by the powers that control their destinies. Also included in the unique volume is the complete collection of Lackey's short stories about these two brave sisters as they answer the call of their destinies with sword and sorcery!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Marlyn Roberts
Oathblood, part of Lackey's popular Valdemar series Vows & Honor, is a sort of compilation that includes ten short stories and a novella (although only the latter is new). The subjects of the stories are Tarma and Kethry, the two ex-mercenary sword-sisters who run the schools in Haven; this is the first time that their various short stories have been collected in one volume. The collection begins with Sword-Sworn, the first Tarma and Kethry story, which describes how the two women met and why they became bloodsworn. The remaining tales, in more or less chronological order, fill in some of the details of Tarma and Kethry's lives leading up to their "retirement" and the founding of their school. Of course, there are the two other novels-Oathbound (DAW, 1988) and Oathbreakers (DAW, 1989)-that fit into the scheme somewhere, too. These stories display Lackey's usual inventiveness and skill with words. For lovers of Lackey's previous Valdemar stories and characters, this book will be joyfully experienced. These readers will find it on their own and devour it; those readers who are not fantasy, Lackey, or Valdemar aficionados probably will not care. VOYA Codes: 5Q 2P S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Library Journal
Bound by oath to each other and to the Goddess, the swordswoman Tarma and the wizard Kethry begin a joint career as mercenaries in the constant struggle for justice in a land where demons come in human and not-so-human forms. The author of the ``Heroes of Valdemar'' trilogy begins a new series involving a pair of likeable, savvy heroines. Sword and sorcery with warmth and humor make this a story that will appeal to most fantasy fans. JC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886777739
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Valdemar: Vows and Honor Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 287,503
  • Product dimensions: 4.54 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.08 (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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    A nice send-off to our heroes

    The final book in the Kethry and Tarma trilogy is more like the first book, as opposed to second, as it is a collection of shorter stories rather than a full-blown novel. Like the first book, Oathbound, the stories here were written over a period of many years and often first appeared in magazines or book-length anthologies of various fantasy short stories. The purpose of this book seems to be to get all of the short stories not included in Oathbound into a book of their own, though a couple new stories also make an appearance. For whatever reason, there is a little bit of overlap between Oathbound and Oathblood. Specifically, the stories 'Turnabout' and 'Keys' appear in both volumes. I have no idea why the author/editor decided to repeat the stories, and their inclusion isn't necessarily a problem, it just means that if you own the first book in the series then you have about 65 pages less of new material to enjoy. If this is your first experience with our heroes, though, you won't notice and wont' care. Even with the repetition, this book is essential to Tarma and Kethry fans because only here is the story of how the two met and became bonded available to you. The new material consists of two stories relating Tarma and Kethry's experiences once they get their school up and running. The first of these stories, 'Spring Plowing at Frost Reach,' is interesting because the only action is training horses, but somehow the author makes it entertaining. Crazy. The second new story, 'Oathblood,' is a more traditional 'fight the bad guys' story, and does a good job of wrapping up the book, dealing as it does as much with Kethry's oldest daughter and her friends as with our regular heroes. In the end, I was quite happy with the book, and can recommend it to all fans of fantasy short fiction.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    If You Like Lackey's Tarma and Kethry This is For You

    Oathblood, unlike Oathbreakers, is a collection of short stories involving Tarma and Kethry rather than an integrated novel. There is some overlap in stories from the first volume of the Vows and Honor series, Oathbound, and but I didn't feel cheated, but then I find these two of Lackey's most appealing characters, and there was enough new material that even if you removed those stories from this volume, you'd still have a good value for your money. These stories deal not only with some gaps in the other books, but Kethry's progeny that are adopted into Tarma's clan post the events of Oathbreakers. Although I think the previous two books are better introductions to these two characters and Lackey's world, if you like the first two books involving them, I think you'll enjoy this book as well, but I'd definitely not start here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    Great read!

    Oathblood is a wonderful conclusion to the Vows and Honor series. It is made up of a collection of short stories featuring the two heroines, Kethry and Tarma. The stories are full of action and intrigue, along with new people and places. The end of the book features a short story that takes place in the two women's mage school. Absolutely enchanting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    Strange Collection, But Really, Quite Good

    The first Lackey book i picked up was one of her elementals, and for a while i restricted myself to those. After a while, though, i went out and bought all the books in 'Queen's Own,' and utterly LOVED THEM!! That inevitably lead to Exile's Honor and Take A Thief and finally to the tale of Kerowyn, 'By the Sword.' I aboslutly LOVED it too, and was not only taken with Kero and Elden, but also Kero's mentors, Tarma and Kethry. Curious for how the pair met, i picked up Oathblood. I will admit now that i did not expect Lackey to write a book of short stories, much less about the same two charictors. But in the end, i enjoyed it quite a bit. Tarma and Kethry are great! I love this and I KNOW that it would take more than bodily harm to get me away from the rest of Vows and Honor and Valdemar. Lackey never dissapoints me (pardoning 'bedlam's bard,' but everyone makes mistakes).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2002

    i was pretty disappointed...

    this was the one and only book by mercedes lackey that i didn't like. It was all sporadic fragments of short storys, some from her other books, which i've already read. instead of a continuation of tarma and kethry's tale, it went into the past and the future but never satisfied me. Overall, not a reccomended book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2002

    More Tarma and Kethry!!!!!

    I thought that this book was pretty good, but sometimes I found it boring because I think the book lacked action. The first story was pretty good because it gave me a great perspective of what happened before The Oathbound. Most people probably didn't know that Tarma was actually a fanatical singer (you learn in The Oathbound that she is very personal when it comes to her singing.) Besides that story, all of the others were either boring or were histerically funny. I think that 'Sping Plowing at Forst Reach' was histerical! If you are looking for more information on Tarma and Kethry (like me, I couldn't get enough!) then this is a great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2000

    Here is two women not to Cross

    Of the vows and honor series I personally believe that Oathblood could have been SO much better. In oathbound and Oathbreakers they gave intoduction and let the story progress to make you feel involved with these two mercenaries. Then in Oathblood they run over it all AGAIN and then as you think that it would be more about what actually happens in this school and clan they are supposed to have and there is hardly any time spent talking about it. I believe that it is a terrific series but Oathblood should have had a more informative ending from what the rest of the series had led to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2000

    Hey, if it's by Mercedes, you KNOW it has to be good!

    Hey! I have to start off by saying I thoroughly enjoyed this book, like I have every other book in te Valdemar series. It's the best series of all time you know. :-) Well, in short read the other books in this series before you read this one. This one is more is a follow up on 'Oathbound' and 'Oathbreakers'. I recommend reading all her series in order, or you might lose the full effect. This is the tale of Tarma and Kethry, two very memorable feminine characters, and their adventures while traveling here there and everywhere. All of Mercedes's books are must reads! So do yourself a favor and pick one up! I don't need to encourage you to read more- you'll be hooked without my encouragement! Enjoy! E-mail me if you have any questions or want to know more about the series!

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