Oathbreakers

Oathbreakers When Idra leader of the crack mercenaries known as the Sunhawks failed to return from a journey to her home kingdom of Rethwellan Tarma and Kethry warrior and mage set out in search of their vani

  • Title: Oathbreakers
  • Author: Mercedes Lackey
  • ISBN: 9780886774547
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Idra, leader of the crack mercenaries known as the Sunhawks, failed to return from a journey to her home kingdom of Rethwellan, Tarma and Kethry, warrior and mage, set out in search of their vanished leader Sisters of sword and spell, their fates bound together by Goddess sworn oath, they were eternally pledged to fight the forces of evil.And evil had indeed cast itsWhen Idra, leader of the crack mercenaries known as the Sunhawks, failed to return from a journey to her home kingdom of Rethwellan, Tarma and Kethry, warrior and mage, set out in search of their vanished leader Sisters of sword and spell, their fates bound together by Goddess sworn oath, they were eternally pledged to fight the forces of evil.And evil had indeed cast its shadow over the kingdom of Rethwellan Idra, so they were told, had left long ago on a search for a legendary magical sword which could reveal which of her two brothers was meant to become the new king With the princess gone, her younger brother had been branded an outlaw and her older brother had claimed the throne Both instinct and mage lore told Kethry and Tarma that all was not as it seemed, that both Idra and her people were in terrible jeopardy Yet would their Goddess given powers, aided by those of a Herald of Valdemar, prove strong enough to break the dark enchantment possessing this land

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    About "Mercedes Lackey"

    1. Mercedes Lackey

      Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972 During the late 70 s she worked as an artist s model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts Music, a small recording company specializing in science fiction folk music I m a storyteller that s what I see as my job My stories come out of my characters how those characters would react to the given situation Maybe that s why I get letters from readers as young as thirteen and as old as sixty odd One of the reasons I write song lyrics is because I see songs as a kind of story pill they reduce a story to the barest essentials or encapsulate a particular crucial moment in time I frequently will write a lyric when I am attempting to get to the heart of a crucial scene I find that when I have done so, the scene has become absolutely clear in my mind, and I can write exactly what I wanted to say Another reason is because of the kind of novels I am writing that is, fantasy, set in an other world semi medieval atmosphere Music is very important to medieval peoples bards are the chief newsbringers When I write the folk music of these peoples, I am enriching my whole world, whether I actually use the song in the text or not I began writing out of boredom I continue out of addiction I can t not write, and as a result I have no social life I began writing fantasy because I love it, but I try to construct my fantasy worlds with all the care of a high tech science fiction writer I apply the principle of TANSTAAFL There ain t no such thing as free lunch , credited to Robert Heinlein to magic, for instance in my worlds, magic is paid for, and the cost to the magician is frequently a high one I try to keep my world as solid and real as possible people deal with stubborn pumps, bugs in the porridge, and love lives that refuse to become untangled, right along with invading armies and evil magicians And I try to make all of my characters, even the evil magicians, something than flat stereotypes Even evil magicians get up in the night and look for cookies, sometimes I suppose that in everything I write I try to expound the creed I gave my character Diana Tregarde in Burning Water There s no such thing as one, true way the only answers worth having are the ones you find for yourself leave the world better than you found it Love, freedom, and the chance to do some good they re the things worth living and dying for, and if you aren t willing to die for the things worth living for, you might as well turn in your membership in the human race Also writes as Misty LackeyAuthor s website

    707 thoughts on “Oathbreakers”

    1. Immediate reaction: oh thank god, I remembered correctly.Oathbreakers was always my favorite of the duology, and now I remember why. It's far less episodic than Oathbound, with a coherent plot for all but the first few chapters of the book, and of course there is much, much less rape, all of which is offscreen and specifically noted as a power crime over everything else. It's actually really interesting how it's treated in Oathbreakers as opposed to Oathbound: Oathbound it's treated as kind of i [...]


    2. 2018 - This is probably the least episodic of the three books. It's pretty much two stories, one mercenary small-war story which then leads into the larger story of how Tarma and Kethry bring stability to the Rethwellan ruling dynasty, by way of a palace coup. And affect Valdemar's history many years later (yeah, read more of these books). Plus - it has fewer totally annoying typographical-or-grammatical or spelling/word-choice errors. See comments on Book #1 of this series. ETA: I've just been [...]


    3. (3.5-ish? Clearly the 5 star system is not precise enough for me!)A solid fantasy adventure with excellent main characters. I have a few quibbles with the style and the pacing (too much internal dialogue, a few aspects of plot that could have been expanded upon), but on the whole it's enjoyable. And it's a relief to me, to find a childhood favorite that stands the test of time!


    4. It may interest those who have read this book to know that Mercedes Lackey also put out a cassette/CD of the same name. You can sample some of the songs on YouTube, although the only place to buy it is from the Firebird Arts and Music website.1)The Leslac Version2) Contemplations3) There’s Always a Reason (A Curse Upon All Bards)4) Surprised by Joy5) (Love) Found6) Need7) Oathbreakers8) The Sunhawks9) Suffer the Children10) Swordlady, or “That Song”11)Mirror Spell (Shield Spell)(It may als [...]


    5. See my review about the first book in the series The Oathbound.While you don't need to read the first book in order to enjoy this one, if you love this one I highly recommend going back and reading the first one. This story revolves around the disappearance of Idra, commander of the Sunhawks mercenaries. Tarma and Kethry are the members of the mercenary company who lead an investigation into what happened to their beloved leader. The mystery isn't the that complex or really the appeal of the sto [...]


    6. Reading 100 books in 2010; reviews will be short for a while 'til I catch up blogging with what I've already read this year.This book made a Mercedes Lackey fan out of me; I was lukewarm about the first one in the series and it had many of the flaws a first novel might. It's amazing how much Lackey grows as an artist between the first novel in the series and the second; better writing, even at the sentence level, better plotting, and more polish in general to go with her two wonderful characters [...]


    7. Man, I don't know what it is about me and revenge stories! Well, to be fair, in this case it's less "revenge" and more "vengence" which, in my mind, is not quite the same.Another one of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books, this one deals with two women (Tarma and Kethry) who are sworn in an oathbound sisterhood. I won't get in to the vengeance here, that's up to you to discover!An interesting note here (to me anyway) is that Tarma is the only literary character that I find "attractive". While I can [...]


    8. I liked the events of this one much better than the events of The Oathbound. Spying and intrigue are much more to my taste than demon rapists. There was rape in this one, too, which was disappointing, but it wasn't anywhere near as bad as the first book.Jadrek is a great character, Kethry's magical development is awesome, Tarma continues to be the best. I like travel stories, especially ones that involve surviving the elements. Also, there were Heralds! Well, one Herald.


    9. Kethry and Tarma join a mercenary company, go to Valdemar, summon Goddesses, and work a whole lot of magic. They also manage to discuss magic with a Herald well after Vanyel's time and well before Selenay's reign, but I think I can justify the inconsistency in the series by imagining there were no air sprites that close to the Rethwellian border on that particular day. Just go with it. While having read the first Vows and Honor book is a definite prerequisite, this trilogy is shaping up to be fi [...]


    10. The second in the Vows & Honor trilogy, to continue fleshing out my #readinghistory. This one really deepened the story of Tarma and Kethry - and led us more into Tarma's fraught history. I love the friendship between these two heroines, which set many of my ideas about the kinds of female relationships I wanted to write someday.


    11. Another comfort reread, another Velgarth novel. Lackey's adventurer turned mercenary duo, Kethry the mage and Tarma the Warrior, take on a corrupt and murderous king who has violated his oaths to his country, his people, his gods and his kin. Lots of action, and one of the sweetest romances Lackey's written.



    12. I liked this one a lot more than Oathbound. I enjoyed watching them try to figure out what was going on with Idra and getting their revenge. This was all one cohesive plot instead of stories put together, which is more my style. I don't mind episodes or short stories, but for the most part I prefer novels and one long adventure. This book felt like that. I'm glad I read it and will have to admit that I've grown fond of Tarma and Kethry and now I'm off to Kerowyn. I got interested in these books [...]


    13. I liked the second in the Vows and Honor series even more than the first! Mercedes Lackey is so talented at creating wonderful characters who you love and fall in love with and just want the best for. This was a great story and I can’t wait to see how things wrap up in volume 3!


    14. ExcellentSo much more a complete story than the first. Very satisfying ending. I look forward to Jardrek's role in their clan.


    15. Two strong women as "heroes" make for lively reading. One is compelled to cheer them on in their various quests. I enjoyed their adventures.



    16. The second book in the Tarma and Kethry series is even better than the first in my opinion. Unlike the Oathbound, this one was written as a novel and it flows much more smoothly. Tarma and Kethry have joined up with a famous mercenary group in this book, and I enjoyed reading about their adventures at war and on their journey to find their missing captain. Warrl is as enjoyable in this book as he was in the first.I liked Jadrek, Kethry’s love interest. He is not what I would have expected her [...]


    17. I realized that if I don't like the first book in a Lackey's series, I tend to like the second and third book a lot more. Considering this is the second book in the series, I like this one a lot. Granted, there is a lot of information to swallow in this series and some parts (to me) just appeared out of the blue (almost out of convenience or in a "scapegoat" manner). Regardless, this is a thrilling 2nd book in the series.Tarma and Kethry, Oathbound sisters, enter the Sunhawk mercenary company, c [...]


    18. Remembering my thoughts on Oathbound, the previous novel in the Vows and Honor trilogy, I admit I had some trepidation about this one. Fortunately, I ended up pleasantly surprised. Where the first book of the trilogy was obviously originally a collection of short stories strung together by only a light touch of editing, this book was one long story, complete and full, and therefore much more entertaining and devoid of the problems that I found in Oathbound.Tarma and Kethry became much more inter [...]


    19. 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 sin [...]


    20. I am a very big fan of Mercedes Lackey, and with rare exceptions, I have really enjoyed reading her books. That said, the Vows & Honor books stand out as two of my all time favorites. The story is well paced, the characters are well fleshed and the language flows wonderfully. This series is one of those that I recommend to everyone. This is the second book of the two book set. It is about the adventures of two mercenaries named Tarma and Kethry. This book picks up what seems to be a few year [...]


    21. This was much better than the previous novel, The Oathbound. Probably a lot of that was due to the fact that this was one complete story, whereas the previous book was several short stories kind of mushed together. Also, Need, the magic sword that compels Kethry and Tarma to help women, has apparently become more restrained in this book so there was less running about and less cheese with the whole righteous women power bit. It felt much more like a novel with strong female leads than the estrog [...]


    22. Of the books in the Vows and Honor trilogy, which take place in Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar Universe, this is the only one that is a complete novel. The stories of "Oathbound" concerned the free-lance mercenary adventures of swordswoman Tarma and mage Kethry. The novel "Oathbreakers" is about Tarma and Kethry's experiences as members of Idra's Sunhawks mercenary company. The final novella, "Oathblood", contained in the compilation of the same name, is from the times after Tarma and Kethry have fo [...]


    23. Better than book #1 in this series. It actually feels like a novel, not a collection of short stories.This one actually visits Valdemar, as well as introducing Idra's Sunhawks. So, as some other reviews have mentioned, there's a bit of a problem because there's magic practiced and discussed in Valdemar (admittedly, right near the border).I find it a little odd that the heir to the Valdemar throne has unilateral ability to make promises on behalf of the kingdom. And, anyway, how did he end up the [...]


    24. I've read FAR too much Mercedes Lackey, and have absolutely no wish to write about everything. Therefore, I'm reviewing one - and ONLY one - book in each of her various worlds.Oathbreakers is probably my favorite book in the same world as the "Heralds of Valdemar" series. The heroines, Tarma and Kethry do know of and encounter Heralds, but are themselves mercenaries. Because this is not strictly a "Heralds" book, the reader is spared the exposition about the Heralds that is in *every* *single* * [...]


    25. Tarma: She was one of the Sin'a'in sword-sworn—the most elite of all warriors, and she had taken blood vengeance upon the brigands who massacred her people.Kethry: She fled her oppressive arranged marriage and became a powerful sorceress of the White Winds School, only to be bonded to a uniquely magical sword which drew her to women in need. Bound by sword-spell and the will of the Goddess, Tarma and Kethry swore a blood oath to carry on their mutual fight against evil and injustice. Now they [...]


    26. I read this on the heels of the first in the series ("The Oathbound") and after already having fallen in love with Tarma and Kethry through "By the Sword". That being said, "Oathbreakers" is MUCH more satisfying than the first in the series. It feels more like a complete story than the first, and it is highly satisfying to read.The relationships deepen, the action is just as interesting as ever, and the ending is highly satisfying on several levels. I also think this book stands a much better ch [...]


    27. Oathbreakers is the only proper novel in the Tarma-and-Kethry sequence, and it's good. It's a little more of a proper Valdemar novel, despite only barely touching on Valdemar itself, and much less a sword-and-sorcery pastiche.It's still very much pulp - the language, while competent and noticeably smoother than its immediate predecessor, is still rather faux-medieval and occasionally overwrought, the plot is a little too pat to be totally believable, and it's yet another rape-revenge story at th [...]


    28. Another blast from the past as I slowly continue my re-read of the Valdemar universe books. In this book we see Tarma and Kethry "all grown up" as it were. Not that they weren't quite mature before, but now they have several more years of experience under their belts, both as an independent team and as part of a mercenary company. Both have learned much about how to work with and train others, skills that will be vital for them to be able to found their fighting and magecraft schools as they wan [...]


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