Vows and Honor: Book II: Oathbreakers

Author: Mercedes Lackey

Published By: DAW Books

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

                So, if you have been following the site, you will know that I am a big Mercedes Lackey fan, particularly of the Heralds of Valdemar series of novels.  I try to read every one that I get my hands on, but that canny writer keeps ahead of me by producing a couple of new ones before I can even get to reading one.  I am currently in the Vows and Honor series.  It had been a while since I had read the first book in the series, The Oathbound, but I figured that I could pick up right where that left off fairly easy.  Happily, I was right.

                Vows and Honor: Book II: Oathbreakers actually takes place some time after The Oathbound Warrior Tarma and Sorceress Kethry, bound together by an oath, set out to build a future for themselves.  Word about their prior adventures has spread around town, thanks to the silly ballads of one particularly grating songster, but they will not lend credence to their abilities.  In order to start their dream of a school for warriors and mages, Tarma and Kethry must join a band of mercenaries and earn their reputation.  Thus, they become members of the Sunhawks, eventually becoming valued members of the leadership.

                When the leader of the Sunhawks, Idra, goes missing after attempting to solve a dispute between her brothers over her father's kingdom, Tarma and Kethry head to Rethwellan with the kyree Warrl and the magical sword Need to find her.  What they discover is a nest full of lies and dishonor.  Can Tarma and Kethry figure out who to trust in time to rescue Idra from whomever has waylaid her?

                What is it about this series that has me so unenthused?  I should be happy following the adventures of Kethry and Tarma, but for some reason, the characters really don't seem to grab me the way they should.  This sequel simply doesn't match up to the original book in the series.  There is a great deal of subterfuge and very little action involved in the whole tale.  And then there are the typos - so many that they actually take from the storyline.  The constant break in the story for a typo was annoying. 

                So, suffice it to say that I wasn't as happy with this novel as I was with the first book in The Oathbound series.  Perhaps the last novel in the trilogy will be a better read...or at least edited better.


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