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The Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey
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Having read some Tarma-and-Kethry stories in german translations of Sword and Sorcress, I already knew the characters and setting (and one of the chapters in this book). This book gave a more complete picture and I really liked that. What cost it the fifth star was, that it somehow retains the feeling of a set of short stories throughout the whole novel. ( )
  KalessinAstarno | Nov 4, 2016 |
“Pico review” written for the SF fanzine OtherRealms (SF review zine by Chuq Von Rospach, Jan. 1991): The adventures of the swordswoman Tarma and the sorceress Kethry. I originally read some of these stories in the fantasy fiction magazine Fantasy Book, others appear in the Marion Zimmer Bradley-edited anthology series Sword and Sorceress. The Oathbound is almost entirely a collection of previously printed stories, reset as a novel. The Oathbreaker is much more one story. It also includes a feature of Lackey's books that I especially like – an appendix of song lyrics. Tarma and Kethry are followed by a minstral who wants to benefit from their fame by writing songs of their adventures, but they never have adventures in quite the heroic way he wants, so his songs "improve" on the events (and endlessly annoy the two they supposedly describe). ( )
  SF_fan_mae | Jan 15, 2016 |
Did Mercedes Lackey even write this? Disjointed, uninteresting, flat characters, and really badly edited (worse than some recent self-published ebooks I've suffered through). I'm a big fan of Valdemar and was looking forward to more about Tarma and Kethry; this book was not it. Other goodreads reviewers say next in series reads less like a bunch of jumpy episodes and more like a real novel. On the fence whether I even want to start it, even from a free public library edition. Definitely not top of my "to read" wants. ( )
  Spurts | Oct 29, 2015 |
This is the opening book in the duology of books dealing with Kethry and Tarma, Mage and Sword Sworn fighter. Although these are mostly quite good fun, there is an air of preaching in some of the tales that sometimes overcomes the storytelling. On the whole, though, they are worthwile reading as a different take on the heroine feminine fantasy fighter. Though there are other books with some of these tales in them so you may quickly find yourself with a sense of deja vue all over again. The stories are at least presented chronologically in this collection so you can see how the characters develop in internal chronology. ( )
  JohnFair | May 17, 2015 |
Another enjoyed re-read of Mercedes Lackey's expansion on her Tarma and Kethry short stories from the Sword and Sorceress anthologies.

http://allbookedup-elena.blogspot.ca/2015/01/the-oathbound-mercedes-lackey.html ( )
  ElenaGwynne | Jan 19, 2015 |
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Tarma witnessed her clan's murder and, swearing vengeance, became a master warrior. Kethry fled her forced "marriage" and became an adept--pledging her power to the greatest good. When Kethry obtains a magical sword which draws her to others in need, the two vow to avenge the wrongs done to womanhood.
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Tarma witnessed her clan's murder and, swearing vengeance, became a master warrior. Kethry fled her forced marriage and became an adept-pledging her power to the greatest good. When Kethry obtains a magical sword which draws her to others in need, the two vow to avenge the wrongs done to womanhood.… (more)

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