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Oathbound (Daw science fiction) [Mass Market Paperback]

Mercedes Lackey
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton / Signet (30 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886774144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886774141
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swordswoman and mercenary-magician 8 Feb 2002
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This should be read with a copy of _Oathblood_ (see my review) handy, because it occurs after "Sword-Sworn", in which Tarma and Kethry first met. Tarma is a Shin'a'in horse-nomad from the Dhorisha Plains, last survivor of Clan Tale'sedrin. Kethry is a White Winds mage, an order that's dirt-poor and few in number because they're sworn to certain standards of ethical behavior. The pair met during Tarma's long hunt for the bandits who murdered her clan.
Tarma must return to the Plains soon; the shamans decreed that if she didn't return from her quest within the agreed-upon time period, she would be mourned and the Tale'sedrin banner buried with the rest of the dead. First, though, she and Kethry have to scrape up some cash for the journey. And the place they have to start is the only nearby city: Kethry's hometown, Mornedealth.
The novel is somewhat episodic, rather than one flowing narrative, but that's logical: they're just taking up their mercenary calling, and need to establish reputations as independent adventurers before they can get steady jobs. (And before they can do that, they need to straighten out their status with the Clans.)
The first 3 chapters or so explore Kethry's past - the partners don't know each other well, and as Tarma's teachers point out, before Tarma broods over her past, she should consider another's. (Tarma's past is presented in "Sword-Sworn", in _Oathblood_.) They need to acquire enough money to return to the plains before any ugly problems crop up from Kethry's past history in Mornedealth... Only two of the incidents along the way were actually separate short stories (see _Oathbound_ review for details). Unfortunately for Tale'sedrin, one or two of those early 'episodes' aren't quite as finished as they seem at first...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book! 10 Aug 1999
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This is an amazing book if you have read it and there are only two reasons I did not give this book five stars. Their names are Oathbreakers and OathBlood. This book isn't as good as the other books on Tarma and Kethry in my opinion, but that's just because of Thalhkarsh. I didn't like him at all. Still, Mercedes is an awesome writer and if you want the other two books and By The Sword, you gotta own this one if only to know what they're talking about in the other books when they discuss previous missions!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! Truly another Lackey success! 9 Oct 1997
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Mercedes Lackey really knows how to paint a world and make it real for the reader. She draws you into the adventures of Tarma and Kethry, and they take you along for the ride. As hero- ines, they are strong, honorable, and truly comm- itted to their swordsworn oaths, and those they have come to care for. I can't wait for the next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tarma and Kethry: a great team 3 July 1997
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This was a great book. Tarma was a swordswoman and Kethry was asorceress. They wanted to start a school, so they became mercenaries.
I really loved this book, you will too. All I acn say is READ IT, READ IT, READ IT, and the one after it, Oathbreakers.
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Mercedes Lackey's `Valdemar` book series continues to meet andexceed my expectations. If you like medieval settings or seemingly ordinary characters having extraordinary abilities this is a continuing series that I would rate as must read.
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