The Oathbound (Valdemar Universe: Vows and Honor, Bk 1)
The Oathbound - Valdemar Universe: Vows and Honor, Bk 1 Author:Mercedes Lackey The Swordswoman: She was Tarma. Born to the Clan of the Hawk of the nomadic Shin'a'in people she saw her entire clan slain by brigands. Vowing blood revenge upon the murderers, she became one of the sword-sworn, the most elite of all warriors. And trained in all forms of death-dealing combat, she took the road in search ... more »of her enemies....
And the Sorceress: She was Kethry. Born to a noble house, sold into a hateful "marriage," she fled life's harshness for the sanctuary of the White Winds, a powerful school of sorcery. Becoming an adept, she pledged to use her talents for the greatest good. Yet unlike other sorcerers, Kethry could use worldly weapons as well as magical skills. When she became the bearer of a uniquely magical sword which drew her to those in need, Kethry was led to a fateful meeting with Tarma.
The Oathbound: United 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 together, swordmaster and sorceress set forth to fulfill their destiny...
Their backstory and the story of their first meeting was published in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress III called "Sword Sworn."
The Valdemar Universe series, DAW Book Collectors No. 70. « less
I enjoyed rereading this book. Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors of all time. She has good character development, the stories are interesting and the plot moves along. I can recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasies with strong women characters.
If you have read her Valdemar series you will like this book, too. It happens in the same world and they to to Valdemar in the course of their adventures.