The Warrior and the Mage

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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.

51LLHvBetUL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-72,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_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.

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Alexis

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7 Responses to The Warrior and the Mage

  1. I haven’t read these…well, I tried the first one a while back. I’ve been thinking about digging them out again. Thanks for the reminder, Alexis!

  2. Amy Raby says:

    I always wanted to read Mercedes Lackey, but never got around to it. Maybe now’s the time. I think a warrior and a mage make a great fantasy team (romantic or platonic).

    • I would recommend starting with an earlier trilogy that introduces her world: The Heralds of Valdemar (Arrows Flight, Arrows Fall, and Arrows of the Queen.) I’m not sure of the order, though.

      • raonaidluckwell says:

        The Black Gryphon, The White Gryphon and The Silver Gryphon (Mage Wars) are technically the first books in the reading order but as you get to the end of Mage Winds and into Mage Storms and Darien’s Tale trilogies they come into play… But they sort of predates Valdemar…

        The Last Herald Mage trilogy is next. I love Vanyel. Burning Brightly (this one is sad! single book) Then Collegium Chronicles books (which she is still writing because the latest book came out in october), Vows and Honor trilogy, Exile books, Takes a Thief (single book), Arrows of the Queen, By the Sword (single book) Mage Winds trilogy, Mage Storm trilogy and then Darien’s Tale.

        Yeah I have them all

  3. raonaidluckwell says:

    Oath and Honor books are amongst my favorites! When I need a feel good read I always re-read the trilogy. Lackey’s filk drew my interest in Tamra, Kethry and Warrl. So when I got my hands on the book I adored those two women.

    Tamra I view as being more bad a** than Xena. I love her snarky attitude. Tamra and Kethry went beyond friendship. And yes Kethry’s legacy with Kerowyn… * Large sigh * I need to get a chance to read the new Valdemar book out. Lackey’s an inspiration

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