Dagger-Star (Epic of Palins, #1)
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Dagger-Star (Epic of Palins #1)

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After captivating readers with her Chronicles of the Warlands trilogy, Elizabeth Vaughan now returns to that world with a beguiling tale of daggers and destiny, a cold and beautiful mercenary known as Red Gloves, and Josiah, a lone fighter emerging from the torched fields and razed farms of his homeland. All Josiah knows about the mysterious woman is her dagger-star birthm...more
Mass Market Paperback, 323 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Berkley (first published 2008)
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Dagger-Star starts out with mercenaries Red Gloves and her sword-sister Bethral knocking on a stranger's door in the middle of the night. They were lost for a while, it's raining heavily, and they are exhausted. They need shelter and finally found someplace to ask for help. A man opens the door and let's them stay but Red finds herself attracted to him. She makes a move towards him but he resists and puts Red in a bad mood. However, earlier the strange man accidentally walked in on her naked and...more
This book was not horrible! Well, that's not high praise, but it was shelved with 'Romance' and marketed as 'romantic fantasy' in the blurbs, and in my experience, when that happens, the fantasy gets pretty neglected for the 'romance' and often the romance isn't all that great either.

However, I only smacked myself in the face with the open paperback once, which is a pretty good record.

Red Gloves, our heroine, is a mercenary. She is, red gloves aside, an intensely practical and no-nonsense woman,...more
Red Gloves, like Elizabeth Vaughn's other works, is billed as a romance. And like her other works, this is a "kissing" (and then some) book.

But make no mistake - this is a rousing fantasy tale. While this story takes place in the same world as the Warlands trilogy, it is far removed geographically and tonally.

In the Warlands books, Lara, while willful, was still socialized in a patriarchal society. It took extraordinary events for her to buck the system. Red Gloves - the heroine of this book -...more
Elizabeth Vaughan is the author of one of my favorite fantasy trilogies – The Warlands Chronicles : Warprize, Warsworn and Warlord. I’ve been waiting for her new book eagerly!

She is a mercenary trained in the way of war and the blade – nothing more. A woman known only as Red Gloves has come to the land of the Palins in search of work. What she finds, however, is the torched fields and razed farms of a land defiled.

If you see her without the gloves, run… This is all Josiah knows about the mysteri
Blodeuedd Finland
Red Gloves is a mercenary that together with her friend Bethral laves their country to go to Palins to find some work. This land is in turmoil after an usurper to the throne killed the royal family and tried to kill the high lords too. There has been some fighting but for now everything just stands still, an unsteady truce that will rupture at any moment. After buying a half dead slave the return to the barn and goat herder they had sheltered with. Josiah is living with his 5 goats in a burned o...more
Jan 08, 2012 Mara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Shelly Laurenston/G.A. Aiken
“I guess the goats are coming.” Red rolled her eyes. “I better not wake up with goats in my tent.”
Apparently, a lot of readers hated this book.

I loved it.

Maybe it wasn't deserving of all the 5 stars (more like 4, simply because of POV hopping), but it was so entertaining and fun. There was adventure, romance, nobles, elves, zombies, and even some magical goats! Now if that's not enough for you, I don't know what is. (view spoiler)...more
Linda Rawlinson
Hmm. Red Gloves. I'm getting a bit less tolerant of books with beginnings that don't grab me - my time is precious, so I am tending to leave books unfinished if I'm finding them dull or badly written. Red Gloves almost got put back on the shelf after a few pages. It started well, and I was intrigued by the character of Red Gloves from the start as she was good and tomboyish in her mannerisms and speech. I like tomboys, being one myself.

But I lost patience when after a few pages she was trying to...more
Very, very, disappointing.

I'd hoped EV would have learned from her execution problems in the Warcry series (which I thoroughly enjoyed) but after the first excruciating chapters, it's obvious she hadn't.

It took a long, long, looonngg while to get into the story - mostly because I felt the characters just lacked that bit of oomph to suck you in. Plot twists were way too vague to be satisfying when they were finally revealed and remedied.

I groaned aloud when the real reason behind the red glove...more
Gail Carriger
I loved Warprize but this book is not so good. It felt like a reworked trunk novel that should have been left in the trunk. Lesson to all us authors, leave those forgotten children alone. I moved on to Warcry which was clearly written after the Warprize series and I liked that better.
Natalie Kaufman

Boring!! It didn't get interesting until the end!!
Spoiler Alert ;)

First of all, I loved the goats.

I have, of course, read Warprize by Miss Vaughen. And then proceeded to gobble up the rest of that series. When I read Warcry I was extremely disappointed. I felt that it focused more on sex and less on the actual story. So when today I found a copy of Dagger-Star I was slightly anxious about spending my money.

In this case, I was fine. Dagger-star started off....slowly. A few times I wondered if I should put it down. I kept comparing it to Warpri...more
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Lisa Shea
I adore stories with medieval / fantasy women who wield swords. A friend of mine recommended I try Dagger-Star. It's set in a Lord of the Rings style fantasy world, complete with elves who make lighter-than-normal armor. In general I enjoyed the story and details.

Red is a woman with a troubled past. She and her female friend Bethral are out taking jobs as mercenaries when they run across the farm of Josiah, a man raising goats. Soon they're also rescuing a male slave and getting embroiled in the...more
This spin off series is in the same universe as "Warprize", but in a different part of the world, perhaps a different time period, as well. "Warprize" took place in the Plains (and the kingdom of Xyian), this book the Palins. So no familiar characters, and a different set of cultures.

Unlike the initial "Warprize" trilogy, the spin off series is written in third person and is loosely coupled. Meaning you hop to a different "couple" with each book. This first book focuses on Red Gloves and Josiah...more
After reading Warprize by Vaughan I'll say I went into Dagger-Star expecting great things...and I was rather disappointed. I think my biggest problem was Red Gloves herself, though she did start to grow on me by the end.

The pacing was relatively terrible. I dragged through the first 2/3 and then blew through the last 1/3. There was so much build up-the whole book-for a final battle that lasted maybe three pages. The guy showed up and died in less than a page. Why was that battle so easy? Who was...more
So, having discovered this WAS part of a series, I have collected the other two books, which called for a re-read of this one. I loved it just as much as the first time.

It's been a awhile since a book kept me up all night, I could find no good stopping place!
Red Gloves, (don't mention her gloves, don't look at her gloves, don't even THINK about her gloves...) ends up helping a country in ruin against her better judgement, (what profit is there for a mercenary in doing so?!) and to her surp...more
Dagger-Star - Elizabeth Vaughan

I was really quite disappointed with this book.
Elizabeth Vaughan wrote Warprize. Need I say more? That was one of the best books i've ever read and this one is such a flop.
The characters were ... awful. I can't even begin to describe. The story.. eh.."" a prophecy of chosen to deliver a country
from a awful king"" Where have I read that before? Ah yes, grade school in one, two, three four five and more books.
The plot, quite predictable. And the secret that's revea...more
Another wonderful read from Elizabeth Vaughan. I became a fan when I read Warprize and loved that series so much I made this author an auto-buy.

Dagger-Star returns to the world the author previously built, though a different portion of that world. The more I read, the more I became invested in these characters. It was wonderful to watch Red's growth through the book, to watch the blooming relationship between her and Josiah. Red is a mercenary with little heart at the beginning of the story, ex...more
I so wanted to love this book, I really did. But...main character will step up and help save secondary character's country and people, but only if secondary character will have sex with main character? And this is okay because secondary character falls in love with main character? No, sorry, this is actually not okay and is, in fact, rape. Even beyond the rape-as-love-story bit, the book was just blah. I didn't care about what happened to the characters or the country, there was no real worldbui...more
Red Gloves the mercenary scoffs at claims she’s the Chosen destined to lead her people to freedom and assume the crown. Nonetheless, she takes on the challenge—more because she likes Josiah the former mage rather than she wants the prize. Not only has Josiah lost his power, but now he negates magic in his vicinity. He joins the battle, having given his heart to the fierce female warrior who never takes off the red gloves on her hands. Can they heal each other’s inner wounds with their love? This...more
Jacqui Gordon
Red Gloves and her mercenary partner Bethral go looking for work but instead find a land destroyed by war. When it is discovered that Red Gloves bears the birthmark of the 'Chosen' who is apparently born to help the people free themselves and heal the land. But as is turns out she is not the only Chosen...

I thought it was a good book and am looking forward to the next in the series "Blue Star". It keep me interested by not explaining about why the character wore red gloves and was known as this,...more
I loved the Warlands series, and had my hopes up for this book. Alas, I was a bit disappointed. There still is a lot of dialogue (which I like), but the story of the main female character is unknown to the reader until the last quarter of the book. For all the emphasis put on those darn gloves, I feel it would've been better if we knew Red's story earlier on... maybe even from the beginning :) And even when we DO find out the story behind them, it feels kinda dry? rushed? just a footnote? This w...more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute

Are you freaking kiddin' me?

With about seventeen hundred POV's and not enough time to give a crap about any of them, this book was almost a waste of my time. Yet, like the stupid Noble Dead books, something about this amateur outing left me wanting me.

I'll tell you this, Vaughan is a good storyteller.

I want to read the next one but a part of me, oh Lord of Light, seriously doesn't care because I can't go through twelve thousand pov's before stumbling upon the people I want to know more about...more
A fantasy book about a mercenary called Red Gloves who finds herself to be the Chosen one with a destiny preordained to save the people and lands.

A really good quick read. The pace was fast and not a moment was wasted. Each chapter ended with a mini cliffhanger which made me want to read on. Some great characters and although it was not a high tech fantasy (i.e not much description on the world-building and the workings of this land) I found this to be working in the books favour allowing things...more
Stephanie Lorée
The protagonist of this novel, Red Gloves, is more bawdy and aggressive than that of Vaughan's War Trilogy, and this novel stands out as my favorite thus far of what she's written. Red Gloves is a fantastic character, and it was wonderfully refreshing to read a strong female protagonist who never needed to rely on her male love interest. The role-reversal was great, and not overdone. All with a backdrop of prophecy, intrigue, fantastical magic, military clashes, and oh my! Highly recommended rea...more
It took me a while to get into this book as although it is a good story set in an interesting world, I struggled to warm to the main character. All of the additional characters I liked and their stories kept me reading. I did warm to her a bit by the end of the book although still feel she is a bit of a cow!
I will read the next book in this series as I enjoyed the writing and the world but a big factor is that I understand it is centred around one of the other cahracters.
This was quite different from her other series, although it's set in the same world. I liked it. Both series are written in the third person, but the Chronicles of the Warlands were written only from Lara's perspective. The Epic of Palins is written from the perspective of many characters. Red Gloves is also very different from Lara and Josiah different from Keir. These elements distinguish the series and demonstrates VAughan's versatlity in her wrtitng.
Sep 16, 2009 Tem rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To Fantasy Lovers
Recommended to Tem by: Pick it up in the library
Love anything with a good strong female main character. This books surprised me it was definitely better than I expected of a typical mercenary female. I enjoyed it and will be looking at other books written by this author.

A mercenary down on her luck with her mysterious red gloves they (her riding companion) seek adventure which would pay the most, not realising that they will soon encounter the biggest adventure ever, that will change their life.
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Elizabeth A. Vaughan is the author of the Chronicles of the Warlands, a fantasy romance trilogy from Tor Books: Warprize (her first novel), Warsworn, and Warlord..

She's always loved fantasy and science fiction, and has been a fantasy role-player since 1981. By day, Beth's s...more
More about Elizabeth Vaughan...
Warprize  (Chronicles of the Warlands, #1) Warlord  (Chronicles of the Warlands, #3) Warsworn  (Chronicles of the Warlands, #2) Warcry  (Chronicles of the Warlands, #4) White Star (Epic of Palins, #2)

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