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Continuing my #readinghistory tribute to the Vows & Honor trilogy. I love how Tarma and Kethry establish their school - and a long-term platonic partnership. This also sets the stage for Kerowyn's tale, BY THE SWORD, which I entered a while back. I love it when stories interweave like this! Such a terrific, classic set of tales about kickass heroines, one a warrior, the other a sorceress. Clearly a big influence on me!
Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series provides one of the cornerstones of my reading history. After discovering her when quite young, I still follow new additions to the series - nearly twenty years later! I read and re-read these books over and over again throughout my youth, but I haven't re-read this series in its entirety in a long time - and never as an adult. There are some new books added to the series since the last time I read them, so this re-reading project is pretty exciting for me since...
A collection of short stories about Tarma the horsewoman warrior and her partner Kethry the White Winds mage. Two of the stories were integrated into Oathbound, the first Vows and Honor book. These stories are interesting because they span the entirety of Tarma and Kethry's friendship as well as over ten years of Lackey's professional writing career. Moreover, all of the stories are entertaining and fill in anything the reader wanted to know about the pair outside of what is covered in the novel...
3.5 stars.I enjoyed these short stories and adventures, particularly the novella which gives this book it’s title but it fails to deliver a completely satisfying end to the trilogy. This book was fun, if you are a fan of the characters you’ll enjoy spending time with them, but the second book in this trilogy is definitely the High Point. I did find it particularly interesting to see Lackey’s early work with these characters and the ways in which some of the stories repeated hear from earlier in
This was, somewhat randomly, my first Lackey, and therefore my first of the series. However, as it includes the origin story in amongst the 11 short stories. Most are good sword-and-sorcery fare, with the unusual attraction, as the intro points out, of a pair of women in the comrades-in-arms roles mostly assigned to men. They are a good pair, if a little too flawless at times, but these are not dark or particularly dangerous stories (their gruesome origin aside). The earlier (published and set)
The third part in the Vows and Honor omnibus is not a novel, but rather a collection of short stories. Though there are a lot of repeated stories from earlier in the omnibus, there are a lot of new stories too, one reaching back in time to when Tarma met Kethry in Swordsworn after the slaughter of her tribe. There are stories about Leslac the bard, a cup being poisoned, a large bear on the loose, a giant monster that has a town cowed, and a chambermaid being forced into abuse and then on the run...
I loved this series when I was a kid, and I thought I would re-read it. The first book was awful, but the second and third books were pretty OK. I’m sad to say that the books haven’t held up to my fond memory of them when I was a teenager, but they were still fun to read. The characters are rad :-) The final book, this one, has a short story that should’ve gone at the beginning of the series, which is followed by a collection of short stories and a short novel. They were fun but I’m afraid that
This is a collection of short stories featuring Kethry and Tarma. Some I had read in anthologies. but others were totally new to me. Two had been subsumed into Oathbound. Those I skimmed as I had just read that book and they were nearly the same.Both the characters and the author matured and the stories steadily improved. In the end, I could tell that Tarma and Kethry knew they were good at what they did, but also didn't consider themselves "real" heroes. This quotation sums it up: "There’s your...
Well, now I know why the first book in the series felt like a series of short stories - because it was! This volume had a slow beginning because I'd already read the first few stories in book 1. Which was a little disappointing, honestly.But the later stories are so entertaining and satisfying! I loved seeing more about Tarma and Kethry's adventures and their lives between book 2 and Kero's tale.Honestly, I'm not ready to give up my awesome-female-mercs stories. I might just have to re-read By t...
This has 2 stories that were in The Oathbound, book #1 of this series.
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
Oathblood is, very clearly from the start, a short story collection. This is quite a contrast to Oathbound, where only in retrospect I discovered this was a short story collection all tied together to tell a moderately-cohesive story. It was refreshing to read small, complete tales about Kethry and Tarma. I found myself geeking out at returns of well-loved characters (yes, even the Bard Leslac!) and name dropping of people, places, and things from previous books. Each story contained an introduc...
Oathblood is distinctly and beautifully female, from the severe cramps Kethry suffers one night to the close friendships between girls who exchange prized gifts, to the way Tarma teaches her male students that she is not subservient to them thanks to her gender. While I was lulled into think Oathblood by Mercedes Lackey would be a simple collection of stories that harken back to the days of serial sci-fi and fantasy magazines, I realized through the passages I marked that there was much more goi...
This book was all over the place. Some stories good, some bad, some (songs) were a little much for me. They're little glimpses into the lives of Tarma, Kethry, Jadrek and Warrl. My favourite was the last story, Oathblood. I'm glad they decided to publish it so that there weren't bits and pieces floating all around. Though, having read By The Sword, I felt some of the more exciting topics - establishing the school, re-establishing the Clan, more time on Jadrek and Kethry's relationship, early day...
I liked every character in these tales. Each chapter was a self-contained story about the adventures of Tarma, Kethry, and Warrl. The first two, Turnabout and Keys, came from other books in the series. The rest were new to me. It would be best to read the first two books in the series first. Establishing the strength of character and the courage of the two women made them all the more interesting as central characters.
The good: old-school Lackey is so much better than current Lackey in terms of world-building, story-telling, and pacing, and the magic that drew me into her Valdemar world was still very much there. The bad: Did I never notice how rape-y this series was? Gendered violence galore, some very stereotyped thinking, and I ended up skipping the Tarma/Kethry origin short story, because I just couldn’t.
I started this collection of Tarma and Kethry stories because I plan to start the duology and this volume had the initial short story with their meeting. That being said, I very much liked most of the stories, although some were clearly set after the duology so I didn't have all the context needed to really them. Perhaps I'll revisit this book after reading the duology to see if I like the later set short stories better.
This is a delightful collection of stories about the adventures of Tarma and Kethry. Each story is unique and has it's own arc, with the geas on Kethry and the woman's blood oath tying them together. I got to know and admire them as they had fun outwitting and clobbering the bad guys.
I'm rereading Valdemar in chronological order - so much fun! This anthology has some really cool stories in it. I really liked reading about how Tarma and Kethry meet. I also loved the final story, which takes place many years later and involves one of Kethry's daughters.
A collection of short stories about the same two main characters that was overall pretty good. Definitely some stories were better than others and a few hardly seemed worth reading. Still, I enjoyed enough of it to recommend it to fantasy fans.
This was not a third novel in the trilogy. It was just a bunch of short stories, some of which were included in the previous two Tarma and Kethry novels, and a novella. I found this highly disappointing.
I rather love this collection of Tarma and Kethry short stories. They shine with their variety and content. I especially love the novella within. I am far less fond of the cover art, but it makes sense for this volume.
I wish is known Ashraf od Rome that it rant a full bill like these others, and many if these excerpts were from previous books. The bit at the end was great though. I'd love more books about their school and the growing of the clan.
Short stories to fill the gapsThis collection of sport Sprite’s is nice to provide backstory and additional insight and filler for the characters. Showed how many stories she had in her pocket about these two.
Finally the tales of the meeting of the two mains.
I've never been a fan of this type of book, a series of backstories but it did fill in some gaps.
A nice way to scratch the itch to know what happens to some favorite characters without writing an entirely new long novel.
2.5 starsA collection of short stories about Tarma and Kethry. Readable but nothing more.
And more Mercedes Lackey. This one is short stories or novellas, not usually my favorite type of reading but it was interesting in filling out the back story on her characters,