Oathblood (Vows and Honor Series #3)

Oathblood (Vows and Honor Series #3)

by Mercedes Lackey

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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780886777739
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 04/01/1998
Series: Valdemar: Vows and Honor Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 143,587
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.85(h) x 1.04(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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. 43 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.
Rubygarnet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh, Mercedes Lackey's Renaissance-esque horse-loving people, mercenaries with hearts of gold. I used to own all her books once upon a time, and I kept this Tarma and Kethry collection because I think those two garnered a high proportion of her best writing in the '80s and '90s.
Earthwing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oathblood is a collection of short stories featuring Tarma and Kethry. The first story in the book is the story of how they met. Not all of the stories include Warl since some predate the time of his bonding with Tarma. My favorite story was one that took Tarma, Warl, and to of the former Sunhawks to Forest Reach to train some misbehaving horses. Overall, this was a great book.
Bibliotropic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are some ups and downs to this book. On the up-side, this book is a bunch of short stories and doesn't pretend to be anything but that, no half-hearted attempts to string them all together into something resembling a coherent and continuing plot. It was nice to see a few interesting adventures that Tarma and Kethry have suffered through, particularly the one inspired by Murphy's Law.Also, I finally got to read the story in which the two main characters met in the first place.The down side is that about half the book consisted of stories that had been seen in other places, most notably the first book of the Vows and Honor trilogy. This would be fine if it was a standalone book unconnected to another series, but as it was, I'd already read some of what was being presented to me, with few to no changed in the presentation between the original short story and the time it made it to the first book of the trilogy. Rather disappointing, I think, to read what I'd already read, especially when I was expecting new things.What was interesting, though, was to see the obvious progression of the author's writing talents. From the earlier stories to the later ones, it's easy to see Lackey's style become more solid, more confident as she grows into it. Her sense of humour is evident throughout, though; some things just never change.Overall, I'm glad I can say that I've finally read this trilogy, which I think means I've read all the Valdemar novels except for one (and that one's in the mail as we speak). I'm equally glad, though, to say that I don't have to read it again; this was definitely my least favourite trilogy in the series. Decent, but not the best.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing 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. 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.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All the Tarma and Kethry short stories - including the beginning of the whole thing, what happened to Tarma when the raiders hit her Clan. They're not in chronological order - may be in published order, but I can't tell. It makes it a little difficult to interweave them with Oathbound and Oathbreakers, but it can be done - and makes those stories richer to know the rest of the events that are casually referred to in the books. Lots of favorites in here - the first one, and 'A Woman's Weapon' about the tanneries, and 'Threes' (which I find particularly amusing because I knew the song before I read the story!), and 'The Way It Should Have Been' (not sure if that's the actual name of either story or song - but it is the point of both). And some of the late ones - the Firebird one, and the one about the school and their kids...lovely. I don't like the one about the bear, but that's kind of the point of the story. Very rich, all of it.
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