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By the Sword (Kerowyn's Tale) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 1991
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"By the Sword" tells the story of Kerowyn. She's Kethry's granddaughter (Kethry, as you might recall from the "Oath" books, was the mage partner of Tarma the Shin'a'in), yet grows up mostly ignorant of her heritage. That's because her mother dies young, her father is an idiot, and Kerowyn's been left to rule the roost at the ripe old age of 15.
As her brother is being married off, also at a young age, bandits come in and disrupt the festivities. They carry her brother Lordan's new wife off, kill her father, and murder many others on the way out. This inflames Kerowyn, who vows revenge.
Going to put on her brother's cast-off armor and grabbing a dagger, she's stopped by a rather mysterious woman on the way to see her grandmother. (Yes, she's so ignorant that she doesn't recognize Tarma, nor her significance in her grandmother's life.) She's warned to go back; this inflames Kerowyn still further.
Kerowyn goes to Kethry and tells her what's happened; Kethry passes along her sword Need -- which basically is a sort of magical guardian spirit. If you're a mage, it gives you ultimate fighting prowess. If you're a fighter, it gives you immunity against magic.
Kerowyn rides, finds the bandits, kills them, and brings Lordan's bride home. However, after she gets there, she realizes she's not cut out for the life of a noblewoman (they are of the minor nobility); she goes back to her grandmother and asks for more help.
At this point, Tarma steps in, and trains Kerowyn to fight.Read more ›
Good book, especially for Mercedes Lackey. I liked Elizabeth Moon's Paksenarrion series better, but you can't ask for everything. Nice, basic sword-and-sorceress tale, ties up a few loose ends re: Kethry and Tarma, and sets up the "modern" Valdemar series at the same time. Although it's technically a stand-alone, don't bother if you don't have at least a basic grasp of Lackey's universe already. If you do, you'll probably like this one.
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Love the book - I read my hardcopy so much it fell apart. Unfortunately, the electronic version lacks quality control - someone did a poor job of checking the copy for typos. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kathleen Minniti
I've read this book before and I enjoy it. Kero is an enjoyable character and, while it can be predictable at times, it's a fun read. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book one you will read again in ties in with other of Lackey's book. Very Interesting fills in some of the missing parts of the Arrow Series.Published 4 months ago by Joseph L. Chastain
I'm enjoyed this story, from beginning to end even though it dragged at times in the middle. If you are a fan of Valdemar, you will certainly enjoy reading this tale!!Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Absolutely love this book. Waiting for an audible version too.
I've used this book on many occasion to addict others to the works of Misty. Read more