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By the Sword (1991)
by Mercedes Lackey
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Kept surprising me. Good at what it does. Sword and steed adventure with plenty of feminist self development and the ethics of high end mercenary fighters. Romance with no initial slow burn - but just wait! Definitely sticks the landing.
This book starts before Talia's and ends after. Kero is intelligent, capable, and free; she lives by her own standards and does her best to keep her morals straight as a sword for hire.
While I found the romance somewhat off-putting in the sense that it seemed all together too sudden, the dynamics Kero has with all the other characters is pretty nice. And I did think the ending was a bit too fairy tail-esque.
I have owned this book since the early 90s, and have read it at least 15 times. There's no evaluating a book that's an indelible part of my adolescence.
A great read by one of my favorite authors.
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Granddaughter of the sorceress Kethry, daughter of a noble house, Kerowyn had been forced to run the family keep since her mother's untimely death. Yet now at last her brother was preparing to wed, and when his bride became the lady of the keep, Kerowyn could return to her true enjoyments - training horses and hunting. But all Kerowyn's hopes and plans were shattered when her anscestral home was attacked, her father slain, her brother wounded, and his fiancee kidnapped. Drive by desperation and the knowledge that a scorcerer had led the journey which would prove but he first step on the road to the fulfillment of her destiny.
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