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  • Written by: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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By the Sword

Written by: Mercedes Lackey
Narrated by: Amy Landon
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Granddaughter of the sorceress Kethry, daughter of a noble house, Kerowyn had been forced to run the family keep since her mother's untimely death. Yet now at last her brother was preparing to wed, and when his bride became the lady of the keep, Kerowyn could return to her true enjoyments - training horses and hunting.  

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.

©1991 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2020 Tantor

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English accent?

Why does Kero have an English accent? This isn't set in England! Wish I could get my credit back

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Classic Mercedes Lackey - but those accents...

I was delighted when Audible announced they were working on a recording of this book; it's my favourite one in the Valdemar universe. I listened to it as soon as it was released and enjoyed it very much - and will undoubtedly listen to it again. But I'm baffled by the decisions on accents.

Since British accents & dialects were used, why not have someone to whom they're native read the book? The reader is pretty good, but the net effect of her near-misses on the various accents/dialects, and occasional American pronunciations of words that are said differently in the UK was like listening to a favourite piece of music played ever-so-slightly off key.

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