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The Oathbound

Vows and Honor Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Christa Lewis
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The first audiobook in the Vows and Honor trilogy unites sword master and sorceress in a quest for revenge in this thrilling epic fantasy.  

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. Trained in all the forms of death-dealing combat, she took to the road in search of her enemies.   

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. And when she became the bearer of a uniquely magical sword that drew her to those in need, Kethry was led to a fateful meeting with Tarma.   

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, sword master and sorceress set forth to fulfill their destiny....

©1988 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2019 Tantor

Critic Reviews

“Their adventures are both imaginative and entertaining.... An intricately choreographed confrontation provides an extremely clever resolution.” (Rave Reviews)

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  • DKM1971
  • Woodstock, GA, United States
  • 01-26-19

Solid performance

This is a solid performance but there are a couple issues that drew me out of the story. First, the narrator’s depiction of Tarma’s voice is a very difficult for me to get used to. I understand that her voice is supposed to be a harsh croak, but the narrator makes it almost unintelligible at first. It seems to lighten up a bit later though, or maybe I just got used to it.

There are a couple times where the narrator uses the wrong voice for the character, but those are brief moments. Nevertheless they jar me a bit.

Overall it’s a solid performance, there is an inherent melodrama to some of Mercedes Lackey’s books and this one is no exception. But if you are a fan you should give this one a listen.

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Tarma & Kethry come to life...

I read this when it first came out in 1998 (I still have them all in paperback) and am ecstatic that they've made it into an audiobook... Please hurry with Oathbreakers & Oathblood... you know, Mercedes Lackey, you could continue tgis series with new tales... js

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Interesting characters.

Enjoyed this book when I was a teenager and I enjoyed listening to Christa Lewis' performance. She brought Kethery and Tarma to life. I will be looking forward to Oathbreakers - the other book in the Vows and Honor series.

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  • Toni
  • Amarillo, Texas United States
  • 02-14-19

The Oathbound series is fantastic.

I love the Oathbound series as well as all the Valdemar books. Tarma and Kethry are my favorite characters. I have always been such an avid reader, but am loving the audiobook format, since I spend a lot of time driving.

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GREAT

Great story,well told reader was super. At least a 9 of ten. Rules,rules Rules more rules.

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poor pronuciation ruins stories

if you're going to narrate a book, learn to pronounce the proper names in it.

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