Oathblood is a collection of short stories about Tarma and Kethry. Mercedes Lackey says about "Turnabout": "It was my very first piece to appear in print!"

Most of the stories are from their wandering days as sell-swords. The last three are after they settled down.

Tarma She was one of the Shin'a'in sword-sworn--the most elite of all warriors--and she had taken blood vengeance upon the brigands who massacred her people.

Kethry She fled her oppressive arranged marriage and became a powerful sorceress of the White Winds School, only to be bonded to a uniquely magical sword which drew her to women in need.

Bound together 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 injustice.

Now they have pledged to train others to fight for their cause, starting a new school for young, would-be warriors and fledgling White Winds mages. But training young fighters and wizards turns out to be far more complicated and perilous than they expected--and when two of their prize students are kidnapped, Tarma and Kethry must draw upon all of their combined skills to answer the call of their destiny in ways they never imagined!

The contents of Oathblood are as follows:

  • Introduction (c) 1998 (Originally published in Oathblood)
  • Sword-sworn (c) 1985 - Tarma's story and how she met Kethry (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress III)
  • Turnabout (c) 1986 - the pack train (Originally published in Fantasy Book, September 1985) (also see Threes)
  • The Making of a Legend (c) 1990 (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress VI)
  • Keys (c) 1988 - a locked room mystery, with a challenge (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress V)
  • A Woman's Weapon (c) 1992 - a Master's health is fading (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress IX)
  • The Talisman (c) 1990 - town is troubled by a bear (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress VII)
  • A Tale of Heroes (c) 1987 (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress IV)
  • Friendly Fire (c) 1993 - a run of bad luck (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress X)
  • Wings of Fire (c) 1991 (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress VIII)
  • Spring Plowing at Forst Reach (c) 1998 (Originally published in Oathblood)
  • Oathblood (c) 1998 - two students at the school are kidnapped (Originally published in Oathblood)

    Japanese cover of Oathblood

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