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By the Sword (Kerowyn's Tale Book 1) Kindle Edition
But all Kerowyn's hopes and plans were shattered when her anscestral home was attacked, her father slain, her brother wounded, and his fiancee kidnapped. Drive by desperation and the knowledge that a scorcerer had led the journey which would prove but he first step on the road to the fulfillment of her destiny.
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- ASIN : B002J05GSK
- Publisher : DAW (February 5, 1991)
- Publication date : February 5, 1991
- Language : English
- File size : 4580 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 566 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,225 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That said, this ebook is obviously an OCR scan of printed text rather than working with any old computer files. The italics used for thought and telepathy are all over the place and inconsistent. There are some weird word substitutions ("meres" for "mercs", for example, although no "anus" for "arms" which is my all-time favorite) and stuff that was very clearly not run through spellcheck. It's really disappointing that a backlist book is on the market in 2018 with this sort of shoddy quality control.
The second thing which struck me about By the Sword is the format. This is the first time I've read a Lackey book which covers so much time in a single go. When the book opens, Kero is ~16. By the end of the book, she's almost 40. Kerowyn develops from a young, frustrated maiden into a mercenary captain in a believable way. With the three book division, it was easy for large time jumps to occur without it disrupting the story. This allowed the reader to really understand the transformation Kero is undertaking throughout her life without bogging the story down.
Can I just talk about the ending of this book for a second?! No spoilers. It's obvious to me that how much I loved the ending of this book shows me how deeply Lackey has her claws in me. I didn't predict the ending at all, even though it is 100% completely predictable. I loved every second, every word. I laughed. I cried. I cheered. I am completely smitten with this world and, in particular, these characters.
By the Sword would have been 4 stars for me with the exception of a few things. Pacing was inconsistent for me. I found at times I got too many details of mercenary life or Kero trying to travel from point A to point B. I also found Kero's lack of self-confidence frustrating. By 50% I was exhausted from listening to her whine about how bad she is at everything. I also felt like Kero's romantic interest was… boring? Unnecessary? He felt like a plot point, not a true character. And definitely not a real relationship.
But the biggest challenge for me? My ebook is VERY poorly edited. Words and text have the wrong formatting; sometimes bold, sometimes italic, when they should be one or another. At least a dozen typos. And a few mis-references to the sex/gender of a character. It was distracting and pulled me out of the story.
I also love that it is a bit of a departure from most of the Valdemar books. Kero is a character born and raised in a country other than Valdemar, with different values and perspectives. There is also a lot more magic than there is in most of the books set in Valdemar, as at this point in the world’s chronology, there are no longer any mages in Valdemar. The perspective is so different, since those outside of Valdemar are a bit leery of the Gifts of Heralds, and of the Heralds themselves.
Nor can it be denied that this is a bit of a feminist novel. After saving her sister-in-law, Kero thinks about how women are “supposed” to be… dainty and delicate and womanly. And she bucks against those ideals. Later, after losing her virginity, she reflects on how unsatisfactory it was, feeling as if she deserved more. With the long history of women and the idea of sexual pleasure, this was refreshing. The novel is also a commentary on women’s equality in all aspects of life… respect, jobs, pay, etc.
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The book itself was up to Mercedes usual great standard. I really enjoyed it.