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This exciting new anthology includes a new novella featuring Mercedes Lackey's most popular heroines, Tarma (one of the sword-sworn and most feared of all warriors) and Kethry (who wields magic and weapons for the greater good), whose fates are suddenly bound together in blood by the powers that control their destinies. Also included in the unique volume is the complete coThis exciting new anthology includes a new novella featuring Mercedes Lackey's most popular heroines, Tarma (one of the sword-sworn and most feared of all warriors) and Kethry (who wields magic and weapons for the greater good), whose fates are suddenly bound together in blood by the powers that control their destinies. Also included in the unique volume is the complete collection of Lackey's short stories about these two brave sisters as they answer the call of their destinies with sword and sorcery!...

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Number of Pages : 394 Pages
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Oathblood Reviews

  • Jeffe Kennedy
    2019-05-16 01:02

    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!

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-29 20:46

    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 novels.

  • Kaye
    2019-05-03 00:10

    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.

  • Rhonda Johnson
    2019-05-07 23:40

    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.

  • Natty
    2019-05-20 17:40

    Finally the tales of the meeting of the two mains.

  • Victoria
    2019-05-08 16:45

    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 it will include these new volumes, and will be in a new order. These books really just remind me of being young, reading them in the back seat of the car on family road trips... I think I was in 4th or 5th grade when I first started reading them, and they've always been a pleasure to re-read - and I am sure this will continue to be the case! The Valdemar series is broken up into (for the most part) separate trilogies. In my re-reading project, I am going to try to read them chronologically - not by publication date, but by their timeline within the series.After thoroughly enjoying the second book in the Vows & Honor trilogy, Oathbreakers, this is a bit of a disappointment in that it isn’t an actual novel. It’s a book of short stories (at least it is more straightforward about it than the first book in the series!). It is still a pretty fun read, but it feels very short as many of the chapters from The Oathbound are re-printed as their original short stories here. That disappointment aside, it’s still an entertaining read, and the collection does contain some new stories which add a lot to the overall story arc of Tarma and Kethry. It is a relief to see more into their lives. Each short story has a special introduction by Mercedes Lackey which definitely adds a sort of “behind-the-scenes” feel to the collection. It’s an entertaining group of stories, surrounding a lot of strong characters - I just wish that there hadn’t been any overlap between the first book in the trilogy and this one!

  • Bibliotropic
    2019-05-21 21:58

    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 is that about half the book consisted of stories that had been seen in other places, most notably the first book of the Vows and Honor trilogy. This would be fine if it was a standalone book unconnected to another series, but as it was, I'd already read some of what was being presented to me, with few to no changed in the presentation between the original short story and the time it made it to the first book of the trilogy. Rather disappointing, I think, to read what I'd already read, especially when I was expecting new things.What was interesting, though, was to see the obvious progression of the author's writing talents. From the earlier stories to the later ones, it's easy to see Lackey's style become more solid, more confident as she grows into it. Her sense of humour is evident throughout, though; some things just never change.Overall, I'm glad I can say that I've finally read this trilogy, which I think means I've read all the Valdemar novels except for one (and that one's in the mail as we speak). I'm equally glad, though, to say that I don't have to read it again; this was definitely my least favourite trilogy in the series. Decent, but not the best.

  • Elaine
    2019-04-23 21:09

    This is a collection of short stories about Tarma and Kethry. It includes their origin story, which I really appreciated. It is certainly a “rape and revenge” story, but it introduces us to two of my favorite characters, so it is important. The rest of the short stories fall into two categories: they are either decent but not remarkable, or they were already published in the Oathbound. Lackey also introduces each story with a paragraph or so of information, which were fun to read. Unfortunately, with the inclusion of the first story and a couple of other side characters who are raped, even this collection is not free of sexual violence. It really is a pervading theme for nearly all of Lackey’s books. I think she decided to include it because it is such a problem in our world, and an issue that frequently goes unheard, but I don’t think it works here.As for the novella at the end, I enjoyed it. Frankly, I would have preferred a simple story that showed us Tarma and Kethry’s lives once they founded their school. Reading about them and their successes after a long life of hardship was my favorite part of the story. I did like the characters of the two girls who were kidnapped, as well as Kethry’s daughter. I think I would have like another book or story about them when they were older. However, since they are never really mentioned outside of this novella, they don’t make much of a lasting impact. Oathblood is worth it to complete the collection of Tarma and Kethry’s tales. The novella provides a fitting conclusion to their stories. They end in a much happier place than they began.

  • Laurel Flynn
    2019-05-07 00:49

    "Oathblood" is the third book of Mercedes Lackey's Vows and Honor trilogy, which takes place in her Valdemar universe. I really wish the series had been put together in chronological order. Two of the stories in "Oathblood" actually begin the series: "Sword-sworn" is the tale of the murder of Tarma's clan, of how she meets Kethry and of how vengeance is served. Next follows "The Talisman" which really seems to show Tarma and Kethry still getting to know each other as they begin the part of their joint careers as free-lance mercenaries. Three of the stories are the precursors to chapters in "Oathbound", the stories having appeared in other publications before being rolled into the first book of the series. Two unique stories, "The Making of a Legend" and "Friendly Fire" go with "Oathbound", two others, "Wings of Fire" and "Spring Plowing at Forest Reach", take place after "Oathbreakers": Tarma and Kethry have already started their schools and Kethry has had children. The novella "Oathblood" is rather uninspired and flat and mainly concerns the relationship between two of the students and Kethry's oldest daughter, Jadrie. The action of the piece is short-lived and rushed, the majority of the story being spent on character development. It is almost like there was an 'oops, I need to get this into print' moment and the story was just rushed to completion. "Oathblood" is an uneven collection of stories, filling in some of the gaps in the previous volumes and, as I have noted, should be read along with the other books to keep the chronology straight.

  • Dawn
    2019-04-24 21:08

    Having all the Tarma & Kethry short stories (or most of them--I think there are at least 2 not included; one written after this was published and a crossover tale with I Forget the Name) is worth the price of admission. I never did buy all of the Sword and Sorceress they were published in.But the true delight here are the 2 new stories, both set after Oathbreakers, and show them as settled teachers and parents (Tarma is considered Clanmother or foster mother to Kethry's children). "Spring Plowing at Forst Reach" is the humorous one, dealing with horse training and explaining how the Ashekevrons (who really would have been last on my list to do something so atypical) became known for not just their horses, but their methods of training them. Excellent mention of the Grey Stud from Vanyel's time, too. "Oathblood" is more serious and focuses on Kathry's oldest child, Jadrie. I could wish to see her as an adult in another book sometime. She is friends with a couple of other girl students at the school, daughters of a high-ranked noble and political figure. They swear an oath to each other, promising to always be there for each other, but it is no simple child's promise. It is a Shin'a'in oath, learned from Tarma's people, and carries a deeper significance--which comes into play when the sisters are kidnapped. Jadrie manages to go on the rescue mission because of this oath. It's almost possible to see her grow up, which is well done.

  • Sophie
    2019-05-01 20:46

    This book has a few random Tarma and Kethry stories, some of which I had already read in their other books, and one new novella about their adventures. I really liked the novella, maybe just for the opportunity to see how everything turned out with their magic/fighting school. Also, the girls who get kidnapped basically rescue themselves, which is awesome.I also hadn't read the first Tarma and Kethry story, the one where they meet, before. It's funny because The Oathbound makes such a huge deal out of their sister-bond and how important it is, but in the actual story where it happens, Tarma is just like "I'm lonely, you're lonely, you wanna be sisters?" and Kethry is like "ok lol". There's not a lot of weight placed on the bond-swearing itself, even though it gives them a psychic link later. You'd think they'd notice if they were suddenly very aware of what the other one was feeling. (Maybe that was a retcon.)Sadly, the story about the chambermaid means that even without the repeated tales (which I skipped), this trilogy is 3/3 for rape. I really hope this theme doesn't continue through the rest of the Valdemar books, but Lackey seems to really like it.

  • diane
    2019-05-21 18:50

    You know those books you read when you are younger than you are now and they make an impression and you think they will be crucial to your life for always and forever?And then you do some growing up and changing and then re-read those books? And the power that they had over you is not as vast as you once thought? AND you also remember them somewhat differently than what they are?Yeah, this is that book. I liked the stories, but I was really hoping to sink my teeth into something more meaty than a compilation of stories already published somewhere else (say, in the FIRST BOOK of this series?!), and some too short to be satisfying.Don't get me wrong - I still think the characters are awesome, I just think ML did them a disservice by quelling them to short stories. The last story in the book could have easily been expanded to be a whole novel - I wanted it to be a whole novel! - but sadly, she did not deliver.The writing was good, but I guess I though this was going to be a NOVEL, not a collection of short stories. Sigh.

  • Jeremy Preacher
    2019-04-28 00:09

    This is a Tarma and Kethry short story collection - including the story of their meeting, which really would have made sense as the beginning of Oathbound. We get bits and pieces of it in that and the middle book, but it's nice to see it all laid out.The stories are a mixed bag, as might be expected. A couple of them are the basis for scenes in Oathbound (more or less exactly - I didn't bother to reread them, in fact.) A couple of them are basically concept pieces - a poisoning mystery, a Murphy's Law farce, and couple of explorations of fantasy tropes. Those are generally fine, although slight. The ones I like best are the ones set later in the duo's career - the excursion into Valdemar to play with horses is a great deal of fun, and the final story involving Kethry's kids is top-notch.Overall it's a fun collection, and probably works as well or better than Oathbound. Tarma and Kethry are just perfectly designed for short, episodic adventures.

  • Michelle ♣ Ndayeni
    2019-04-23 23:00

    I remember being excited when this first came out because I'd wanted to read more about Tarma and Kethry than just the two books about them. I then remember being somewhat disappointed that this was mostly just a collection of the previously published short stories about them, most of which I had already tracked down in their original anthologies via the public library. Still, it was nice to have them all together in one volume, and the new stories that showed us some of their life after the end of Oathbreakers were interesting. Also of note is the fact that this volume includes the story "Sword Sworn" which is the tale of how Tarma and Kethry first met and became oath-sisters. Read my full review at Random Book Musings

  • Mark Dewey
    2019-04-28 21:47

    This is a collection of stories about two certain characters. There are strong, female characters (there's really a lot on this theme, although she does it more strongly than some authors). There are horses. I remember I learned something about how swindlers would feed horses arsenic to get them looking and acting younger for a while—but they'd feel the poison after they stopped eating the arsenic (after they were sold) and things would go downhill from there. There's a lot about a sword, too.The writing isn't the most exciting, but it's not bad. I know the same author writes more interestingly (by my definition) in other books, although I can't speak for the earlier books in the series as I haven't read them. I didn't really look at this as belonging to a series, though—it doesn't, really. It just relates to the other books; it's not like the other books continued, per se.

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    2019-04-20 17:01

    Oathblood, unlike Oathbreakers, is a collection of short stories involving Tarma and Kethry rather than an integrated novel. There is some overlap in stories from the first volume of the Vows and Honor series, Oathbound. I didn't feel cheated, but then I find these two of Lackey's most appealing characters, and there was enough new material that even if you removed those stories from this volume, you'd still have a good value for your money. These stories deal not only with some gaps in the other books, but Kethry's progeny that are adopted into Tarma's clan post the events of Oathbreakers. Although I think the previous two books are better introductions to these two characters and Lackey's world, if you like the first two books involving them, I think you'll enjoy this book as well, but I'd definitely not start here.

  • Jenna
    2019-05-14 17:02

    I'm just reviewing the whole series here, since I'm too lazy to break it up into bits. Wonderful characters and writing, good development and plot twists, not so great premise... sometimes this series gets way too repetitive... rape and revenge, rape and revenge. Oh guess what? Rape and revenge. Fortunately the circumstances and the people involved change every time, except for the heroes, the grand rape fighting, revenge taking heroes Tarma and Kethry. Don't get me wrong; I really like these people, I'm just saying there could be a little more variation! Which is why I like this book the best. The book is focused on Idra, a mercenary captain, and her ugly past that refuses to die. My favorite character in the series? That's easy: Warrl, the dry humored and dangerous kyree (wolf-like and highly intelligent creature of the Pelagirs).

  • Meagan
    2019-05-20 16:40

    This is the last novel in the Vows and Honors trilogy, and consists of short stories with introductory paragraphs about their origin from Lackey. I don't think I'd read this any of the other times I've read through the Valdemar series, and I don't think I was missing anything. Some of the stories are published in the first book of the series, others are from various other sources. There are two new ones. The first continues the story of the supposed war steed from Vanyel's time, and I always love Forst Reach. It was my favorite story, and mostly dealt with training horses. The second was a new story about Tarma and Kethry's school. It was also the longest, or at least felt the longest, and it drug a little. Parts of it felt preachy, and I found myself skimming, a very rare thing for me.

  • Jordan
    2019-04-25 22:04

    This is what I wish The Oathbound would have been. There's no attempt to smush the short stories into novel format going on, and the balance of serious/dark and more lighthearted bits was much better. A couple of the short stories here are actually part of The Oathbound, so I skipped over those. Also, I skipped over two of the stories that I'd already read in volumes of Sword & Sorceress. The stories included range from Tarma and Kethry's first meeting all the way to a post-Oathbreakers story where they've settled down, so a nice look at their lives and their partnership.

  • Chuck
    2019-04-21 18:59

    I great read if you've read the prior two novels in the series. This is unapologetically a collection of short stories, in which Lackey fills in some of the gaps in the history of Tarma and Keth. It includes their first meeting and an adventure that happens after the end of Oathbreakers, many years after Tarma and Keth have achieved their lifelong dream of establishing a school; it's two old vets back in action.Great stories, well plotted, fun to read--I go really "gripped" by the last one in particular. But you really have to have read the first two to enjoy the third; it's, as I said, unapologetic ally for people who are already Tarma and Keth fans.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-23 19:57

    Lackey is one of my favorite authors ever! I started reading her in 8th grade but I will still pull out her books to reread them. Her character building is really her main strength – you want to meet her characters – which is probably why I always reach for her books as a pick-me-up, it’s like talking to old friends. The Outhbound series occurs outside of Valdemar so anyone looking for Heralds should stay away. However, the manner in which Lackey deals with female mercenaries (actually the whole mercenary thing in general) is pretty neat.

  • Crystal
    2019-05-21 23:51

    I discovered this on my bookshelf the other day and realized I had never read it. It was a nice reminder of the Mercedes Lackey I grew up with, and equally nice to have new-to-me Tarma and Kethry stories to pass the time with. The repetition from story to story is quite obvious here, but that's the risk you take when you put together a collection of previously published short stories featuring one set of characters. Some nice background development, and I really enjoyed reading a bit about their lives once they had settled down and had the school and so on.

  • Carol Gibson
    2019-05-18 18:56

    This is a short story collection of the Kethry and Tarma stories. They are set in the same world as her Valdemar stories. I enjoy them for what they are they are fun reads though I find the characters to be a little to Mary Sue sometimes to really be able to get into them. Plus they both come across as so judgmental. I feel that they are just mouth pieces for Lackey views. Most of these were some of the first things that she wrote and she has become a much more polished writer with her later stuff.

  • Aubrey
    2019-05-05 16:52

    I've never been a big fan of The Short Story, and as this IS a collection of short stories (some excerpts from the previous two books), it was a bit of a fight to get through it. (I like longer things, where you have more of a chance to develop a relationship with the characters. Granted, having read two books with Tarma and Kethry before, that "bond" was there, but as I read before going to sleep, many times I would go to read the next night and forget what the hell I was reading, as the story changed every night.)

  • Sharyl M Dresser
    2019-05-09 17:08

    Pure Mercedes GoldEven though I love every book Mercedes Lackey has written or partnered on, I especially love reading her anthologies which show the breadth of her skill as a teller of stories. Everything seems brighter and feels more possible when I'm reading a new book by her. Please keep writing, your stories are gifts to my soul and keep my imagination vibrant with hope. oh and the strong smart females that populate your landscapes are also intoxicating and rewarding. My everlasting thanks!

  • secondwomn
    2019-04-27 23:08

    i hate to give lackey 2 stars. her writing is solid enough. but i really just didn't enjoy this collection. i wasn't digging the mishmash of short stories & novella. i didn't like that 2 stories are ones that ended up in oathbound (why reprint them at all?). and the novella had a flimsy veneer of story covering as an excuse to revisit beloved characters. as much as i like living in the T&K universe, i want to be there for a reason and i want to feel fully immersed. especially as a follow up to oathbreakers, which is highly enjoyable, this doesn't work well for me.

  • Sbuchler
    2019-05-20 22:05

    Genre: High FantasyIt’s hard to rate this book; it really should not be read in close proximity to Oathbound. It’s a collection of Tarma and Kethry short-stories, unfortunately half of them are the short-stories that Oathbound is based on, and the variations between the two versions are almost non-existent. The stories that are new in this book are quite enjoyable – although motivations described and the behavior employed are quite juvenile and not at all nuanced. This is especially true of the villains, but is also true (to a lesser extent) of the heroes and side-characters.

  • Aerine
    2019-05-19 20:42

    Ok, I got some of those stories that I was missing from Oathbreakers, and that pleased me. What doesn't is that I got 2 stories straight from Oathbreakers. Word for word. That drives me nuts. I really enjoyed the short stories that I HADN'T read in another book, or that were part of a song. I do wish however that these were put in chronological order, so that, one could read the other books, and insert the proper chapters at the proper time. Ok, maybe I'm a little OCD :)

  • Jo Oehrlein
    2019-04-21 23:03

    This is a collection of previously published Tarma & Kethry short stories plus a new novella.It starts with the first story of Tarma & Kethry. It would really help to read this story before you read The Oathbound. Then, it continues with other stories, including 2 stories that are in Oathbound. Then, it finishes with a novella about life at their school. This story follows really nicely from Oathbreakers.It's nice to get some sense of the school, the kids, the students, etc.

  • Maria
    2019-05-20 20:54

    Well, this anthology of short stories about Tarma and Kethry explains a lot about the first book I read, Oathbound, since at least two of the stories in this book were reproduced nearly in their entirety as adventures in that one. So Oathbound had short story feel about it for a good reason. I skipped both of these stories and read the rest and enjoyed them tremendously, especially the longer one at the end, which was almost a book in itself.