Oathbreakers (Vows and Honor Series #2)

Oathbreakers (Vows and Honor Series #2)

by Mercedes Lackey

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Overview

Evil had cast its shadow over the kingdom of Rethwellan. When Idra, leader of the Sunhawks mercenaries, failed to return from a journey to her home, Tarma and Kethry, warrior and mage, set out in search of their vanished leader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780886774547
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 01/28/1989
Series: Valdemar: Vows and Honor Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 266,152
Product dimensions: 6.88(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.74(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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Oathbreakers (Vows and Honor Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Bibliotropic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Remembering my thoughts on Oathbound, the previous novel in the Vows and Honor trilogy, I admit I had some trepidation about this one. Fortunately, I ended up pleasantly surprised. Where the first book of the trilogy was obviously originally a collection of short stories strung together by only a light touch of editing, this book was one long story, complete and full, and therefore much more entertaining and devoid of the problems that I found in Oathbound.Tarma and Kethry became much more interesting to me in this novel than they were in the previous, and I suspect no small part of that was due to the first book's sloppy editing. More of their story was revealed and explained in a way that made me want to keep reading instead of frustrating me with tantalyzing hints about a previously-published short story that I didn't get a chance to see.I was particularly amused by Tarma's frustration at Leslac, especially the section that detailed him stating that he would be the man to cure her of her celibacy. Speaking as someone who identifies as asexual (though, I'll grant you, my asexuality isn't because of any religious devotion or calling, as Tarma's is), the "you just need to find the right person" attitude is a very common and annoying reaction that a lot of people have, and I was thrilled to see Tarma be so incensed at Leslac's presumption.On the down side, some of the plot elements were not particularly surprising when they were presented. Idra's fate, I think, is one that I saw coming a mile off.It also seems that this book was written when Lackey didn't know where to place it on the Valdemar timeline, because there were another boatload of inconsistancies with the rest of the series. Kethry's use of magic within Valdemar's borders, and the matter of who's ruling Rethwellan clash with facts stated in later Valdemar novels. It's disappointing when my favourite author can't keep her own timeline straight, and when inconsistancies have become par for the course, even so early on in the series. I'm not holding those against this particular novel, though; merely against the series as a whole. On its own, or even within its own trilogy, I don't think I encountered any contradictions. In a wider context, however...But that won't stop me from doing what I've been doing for years: reading the Valdemar novels and loving them anyway!
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I find Tarma and Kethry two of Lackey's most appealing characters. (To say nothing of Warrl, a kind of androgenous talking wolf). The earlier book, Oathbound proceeds this--I don't think you have to read it to enjoy this book, but I'd recommend it highly too. That first book is more a collection of stories--this one is a true novel. I enjoy it for its depiction of a mercenary company, the Sun Hawks, which is evocatively depicted here. It's nice to see a fantasy novel not just about a lone hero but comrades and the themes of not just honor, but friendship, partnership and family. How they're developed through the actions of the book make this one of Lackey's best and most enjoyable novels.
IllanoyGal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another story about the peoples of Valdemar and the lands surrounding it.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a complete oversimplification: the sequel finds Tarma and Kethry members of the Sunhawks, a mercenary company. When their captain, the sister of a pair of dueling royal brothers, fails to return from her visit home, partners Kethry (White Winds sorceress) and Tarma (Shin'a'in sword sworn) volunteer to see what's happened to her.This is a tightly plotted book with great characters, enough romance to make it interesting, and lots of suspense and intrigue.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tarma and Kethry's actual adventures in here are kind of...not minor, exactly, but not...I don't know. I want to say, not life-changing the way the ones in the first book are - but then I think about meeting Jadrek, and when Kethry was injured, and the whole Idra sequence, and...yeah. Lifechanging they _are_. Maybe it's just that they're both pretty well grown up at the beginning of the book - and at the end, there are changes, but they're still grown up. The first book is largely about them finding their feet, personally and as a team. This one they _are_ a team and as a team accomplish some pretty amazing stuff. And lay the foundations for some serious changes for Valdemar and Velgarth as a whole...(though they don't come out for another book or three!)
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Lynne_AL More than 1 year ago
I've read this many times... and was ecstatic to see in it e-book format! My copy was dog-eared and mangled from reading and being caught in the rain a few times.... Kethry comes into her own and she and Tarm start their own school.... and Kethry starts the core of the Clan Tal'sadrin.. much to Tarma's delight.... and this is how they got there.....
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