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Oathblood (Vows and Honor, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1998
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To get the individual earlier stories which have already been in print, you would have to own Sword & Sorceress 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, all of which are (where still in print) somewhat difficult to get, at least where I am. Getting a back issue of Fantasy Book Magazine I leave to the experts. Unless you've consistently collected Sword & Sorceress, the _Oathblood_ collection is the simplest way to get these stories. Only 2 out of the 11 were blended into _The Oathbound_.
"Sword-Sworn" - First appeared in Sword & Sorceress III (they thought it was exceptionally good, accepting it despite their avoidance of rape-and-revenge stories). The tale of the massacre of clan Tale'sedrin, from which Tarma emerged as the last survivor, and its consequences, including Tarma's first meeting with Kethry. Tarma's fiance, her family, her voice, and her old life have all been destroyed - so she petitions Kal'enel to become one of Her Sword-Sworn, the only Shin'a'in who have the right to cry blood-feud. All she wants is to live long enough to avenge the dead - but she listens to her teachers' advice not to reject help along the way.
"Turnabout" - First appeared in Fantasy Book Magazine (Sword & Sorceress received it at the same time as Sword-Sworn and preferred the former). This is the tale of the song "Threes", which actually appeared first (in _Arrow's Fall_, for one).Read more ›
"Oathblood," the third book in Mercedes Lackey's Vows and Honor series, is a collection of short stories chronicling some of the missing links in Tarma and Kethry's adventures, including their lives at their newly created school. I enjoyed reading it and went through it very quickly. The short stories were just the right length to keep the reader interested without getting bored, and the mini-novel was even more exciting. My favorites of the eleven total stories were "Sword-sworn" (which told of how Tarma and Kethry met), "Wings of Fire," "Spring Plowing at Forst Reach," and "Oathblood."
However, I was slightly disappointed that two of the stories were nearly identical to chapters from "The Oathbound."
Bottom Line: A quick, enjoyable read but only for readers who are familiar with Tarma and Kethry.
Some previous reviewers have been rather upset that two of the short stories were put into the original "Oathbound" book. I'm not; I figured that Ms. Lackey needed to put all her short stories in one place, as they were originally published, for two reasons.
One, it helps fans get all the stories in one place.
Two, it helps to understand Tarma and Kethry chronologically if you're buying one of Ms. Lackey's books for the first time. Not everyone who picked this book up had read anything about Tarma or Kethry before; Ms. Lackey basically had to do this.
Although I have nothing wrong with the "commercial" instinct some folks seem to be decrying, I really don't think that's what this was about. (More than any other writer wanting to make a living, that is. And really, what's wrong with that?)
Tarma is a super warrior with a twist; she's a Swordsworn votary of the Shin'a'in goddess, and as such, is "as neutral (sexually) as the blade she bears." (Hope that isn't too bad a paraphrase.) She likes men personally, but has no interest or desire in them, and likes it that way due to a personal tragedy in her past. (Plus, the Shin'a'in goddess takes people as her votaries for various reasons; they're all turned effectively neuter -- the Swordsworn, that is, not others -- so it's just as well Tarma had no real intention to marry after all that anyway. She can't miss what she doesn't want.)
Kethry, on the other hand, is very beautiful, intelligent, spirited, and a strong magic user. As Tarma's partner, originally you'd think they'd never get on. But they do, and quite famously in every respect.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another excellent read by Mercedes. Ready for the next good story. Have this a 5 star rating because it delivers as expected.Published 4 months ago by Douglas D McKenzie
Book is mostly a repeat of several tales already sold on Amazon. Only the last short story was a new work. I would NOT recommend this book. Not enough "bang for your buck!"Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
My first introduction to Mercedes Lackey was the Oath series. Instant adoration of her world and characters. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mayta Lazarus
Good book. Action flows smoothly, bad guys don't beat up on the good guys until the last chapter as so often happens in poorly written stories. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer