Oathblood (Vows and Honor Series #3)

Oathblood (Vows and Honor Series #3)

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by Mercedes Lackey
     
 

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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

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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 with sword and sorcery!

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886777739
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Valdemar: Vows and Honor Series, #3
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
254,625
Product dimensions:
4.54(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.08(d)
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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Oathblood (Vows and Honor Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
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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