When it comes to fantasy worlds, I’m drawn to stories where both magic and more mundane forms of warfare are required to win the day. I love a powerful mage, but also love a strong warrior. Sometimes the two can be found in one character. Often a warrior and a mage have to form an uneasy alliance in order to prevail. It is only when they learn to trust each other that they can move forward toward their common goal.
One of my favorite warrior/mage alliances can be found in the Vows and Honor series by Mercedes Lackey. Kethry is a sorceress of great power. When she meets Tarma, a warrior sworn to avenge the slaughter of her family, the two realize that they are stronger together than alone. Add in an ensorcelled sword that holds the spirit of a female mage warrior, and these two women become a formidable force against evil.
Over the course of the three books in this series, the two women face danger together, risking their lives time and again to defend the weak and innocent. Once these three books come to end, that magical sword claims Kethry’s granddaughter as its next bearer, leading to another whole set of adventures. Eventually, these story lines cross paths with the Heralds of Valdemar and all of the books set in that part of the world Ms. Lackey created.
If you haven’t read these books, I recommend you give them a try. And maybe it’s time for me to dig out my copies and delve back into the world of Valdemar.