The Vows and Honor series is about the adventures of Tarma and Kethry. There are two books and a short story collection: The Oathbound, Oathbreakers and Oathblood.[1]


"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 to the road in search of her enemies..."


"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 which drew her to those in need, Kethry was led to a fateful meeting with Tarma."

Sword-Sworn: The Beginning (collected in Oathblood)Edit

Sword-Sworn is the earliest chronological story, as it tells of Tarma's tragedy, her vow, and her search for revenge. Then she meets Kethry, who helps her get revenge, and they swear their Oath to be sisters so that Kethry can help re-found the clan.

The Oathbound Edit


After their adventures in Sword-Sworn, the pair is headed towards the plains to reclaim the clan banner. When they stop in Mournedealth to raise funds, Kethry confronts her traumatic past. After their successful mission to the clans, the pair realize they will need both a reputation and funds to fulfill their dream of re-founding the clan and opening a school. The rest of the book includes stories of extended adventures.

"United by sword-spell geas and the will of the Goddess, Tarma and Kethry swore a blood oath to carry on their mutual fight against evil. The blood oath also allowed the Tale'sedrin clan to remain alive by having the clan live through Kethry's children. Together, swordmaster and sorceress set forth to fulfill their destiny."

Early short stories collected in OathbloodEdit

These stories are also about their wanderings:

  • "The Making of a Legend" (c) 1990 - A poem with Tarma telling the real tale, interleaved with an exaggerated account by Bard Leslac
  • "A Woman's Weapon" (c) 1992 - a Master's health is fading
  • "The Talisman" (c) 1990 - a town is troubled by a bear
  • "A Tale of Heroes" (c) 1987 - what happens to the tavern-maid "given" to a hero?
  • "Friendly Fire" (c) 1993 - a run of bad luck

Two of the early stories in Oathblood were included in Oathbound:

  • "Turnabout (c) 1986 - the pack train
  • "Keys" (c) 1988 - a locked room mystery, with a combat challenge

Oathbreakers Edit


After making their reputation, Tarma and Kethry join a mercenary company, the Sunhawks, to accumulate funds to re-found the clan and start their school.

"When Idra, leader of the crack mercenaries known as the Sunhawks, failed to return from a journey to her home kingdom of Rethwellan, Tarma and Kethry, warrior and mage, set out in search of their vanished leader. Sisters of sword and spell, their fates bound together by a Goddess-sworn oath, they were eternally pledged to fight the forces of evil.

"And evil had indeed cast its shadow over Rethwellan. Idra, so they were told, had left long ago on a search for a legendary magical sword which could reveal which of her two brothers was meant to become the new king. With the princess gone, her younger brother had been branded an outlaw and her older brother had claimed the throne. Both instinct and mage lore told Kethry and Tarma that all was not as it seemed, that both Idra and her people were in terrible jeopardy. Yet would their Goddess-given powers, aided by those of a Herald of Valdemar, proves strong enough to break the dark enchantment possessing this land?"

Final short stories collected in OathbloodEdit


Kethry marries and bears children to refound the clan, and they start their school.

"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!"

  • "Wings of Fire" (c) 1991 - the body of a shaman inspires a search for his killer
  • "Spring Plowing at Forst Reach (c) 1998 - Lord Kemoc Ashkevron needs Tarma's "horse whispering" skills to reform his recalcitrant horses
  • "Oathblood" (c) 1998 - two students at the school are kidnapped

Mercenary Companies Edit

This is a short list of mercenary companies and groups mentioned in the series.

  • Staferd's Cold-drakes
  • Devaril's Demons
  • Doomslayers
  • Felar's Teeth
  • Freelancers
  • Mercenary Guild Company
  • Randel's Raiders
  • Idra's Sunhawks
  • Wolflings

Characters in the Vows and Honor series Edit

Places in the Vows and Honor series Edit

Terms in the Vows and Honor series Edit

Also see: Shin'a'in terms and phrases Edit


  1. An additional Tarma and Kethry story, "A Dragon in Distress," was co-written with Elisabeth Waters. It has not been included in any Valdemar/Velgarth release. It is not a Velgarth universe story; the action takes place in a different universe created by Waters. It was published in Sword and Sorceress XII in 1995, and included in a 2012 e-book The Princess, the Dragon, and the Frog Prince.

See Also Edit

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