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Warprize (Chronicles of the Warlands #1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  8,463 ratings  ·  469 reviews

Xylara is the Daughter of the Warrior King, Xyron. With her father dead and her incompetent half-brother on the throne, the kingdom is in danger of falling to the warring Firelanders.

Before she was old enough for a marriage-of-alliance, Xylara was trained as a healer. She can't usurp her brother or negotiate a peace--b
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Tor Paranormal Romance (first published January 1st 2005)
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Warprize disappointed me. I had my first clue a few pages in when I realized the prose I could expect would be basic at best, for a romantic fantasy.

While I liked the premise of Warprize and Vaughan's grasp of relationships and human dynamics, the plot was mild, with little conflict to speak of and thus, little suspense or action or even upset. It's all very ho-hum.

I liked the hero Keir -he was to all appearances strong and charming and everything nice, an admittedly refreshing change from the
There are books we read for suspense, some we read for the beauty of the word, other's to pit our minds against the authors to solve a mystery. Then, there are some that encompass the very reason books exist... the story. That, that has existed since time began, one person imagining worlds and people and love and trials to rise above, then weaving them into a story to entertain and to teach, the kind people used to tell at bedtime to capture the attention then ponder while drifting off. "
Jul 06, 2014 Kay rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: tyrant cooks
Recommended to Kay by: someone who lied about reading the Kushiel series
Someone recommended this book on an "If you liked Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart..." forum.

That was literally the worst recommendation ever.

Other than being nothing at all like Kushiel, this book has its fair share of problems. Cardboard characters, mundane plot, and romantic cliches all abound in this incredibly ho-hum, stagnant excuse for a story. Most of the book revolves around Lara's tedious daily activities, and it gets old pretty quickly: Healing the wounded, picking off willow bark f
With an incompetent king on the throne, the kingdom of Xyian is in danger of falling to the Firelanders who swarm outside the city's gates. Thrust into a war that she can do nothing to prevent, Master Healer Xylara, sister to the king, does what she can to prevent the suffering of the men on both sides of the war. Heedless to her brother's demands that she stop treating the enemy, Xylara continues visiting the prisoners, doing the best she can to ease their conditions, and in doing so, brings he ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I loved this book. If you enjoy fantasy romance –even a little– I would recommend it without hesitation.

This is a story about people. By that I mean, it’s not an epic fantasy. It’s not about complicated politics or really nuanced worldbuilding. It’s about Lara, a wonderfully drawn healer, and her journey of sacrifice, empathy, and evolution. It’s about her Warlord hero, her friends, and her new community –all created with depth and care; all rich with real personality and designed with an impact
Pamela / SpazP
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews

Wow, I truly don't even know how to begin this review. I just finished with this one and I enjoyed it so tremendously. I had intended to just pick it up and start it the night before another book was released the next day... then found myself up until 3 AM the next morning still reading because I could not put it down. Warprize is the first novel in Elizabeth Vaughan's Chronicles of the Warlands series and what a way to start a Fantasy Love Story trilog
**Check out the original review over at 21st Century Once Upon A Times**
'"But he has claimed tribute."

(...) "What does he claim?" I took a step toward Xymund. Still, he did not turn. I looked around, but no one would meet my eyes.

At last, general Warren drew a breath. "You," he cleared his throat. "He claims you as tribute."

"Me?" My voice squeaked and sounded like it came from a distance.

Xymund did not turn. "As a slave."
Would you sacrifice your freedom for peace?

That question tends to be the o
Lara is a healer and, in her eyes, that takes precedence over her royal blood. By simply being who she is, she finds herself sold as war booty to appease a warlord about to overtake her weak brother's kingdom.

And yet still, she is who she is, and her healing ways make her just as beloved by the people in the warlord's camp as she ever was in the Kingdom of Xy. Because she will not compromise her beliefs as a healer, she's about to change two kingdoms, for the better.

Loved every minute of this ch
Ana T.
always hesitate when I am offered fantasy books, it might be a bit of a prejudice because I end up loving many of those recommended to me. This one was no exception.

SHE MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN HER PEOPLE AND HER FREEDOM..Xylara is the Daughter of the Warrior King, Xyron. With her father dead and her incompetent half-brother on the throne, the kingdom is in danger of falling to the warring Firelanders. Before she was old enough for a marriage-of-alliance, Xylara was trained as a healer. She can't us
T.J. Shaw
I decided to give this epic fantasy a go after reading some reviews about it and I’m so glad I did. The opening scene sucked me right into the story. I just love books that hook me within the first few pages, better still if within the first few sentences just like WARPRIZE did.

Lara is an amazing female protagonist. She has an internal strength and devotion to her craft as a healer that makes her very courageous even though she’s not a warrior. I loved her passion and voice. Keir, the Warlord,
Princess Xylara (who luckily goes by the name Lara, the Xy appears to be a requirement of her station) is demanded by the Firelanders attacking as the price for peace. Her kind of evil-for-no-reason brother cheerfully agrees and gives her to them in a sack.

This is all pretty standard (well, work with me here) in the maiden-kidnapped-by-chief-of-warrior-tribe genre, but it's a little smarter than it needs to be. Lara is terrified, but at the same time, she's trying to make the best of her new sit
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Warprize was, frankly, disappointing. The whole plot hinges on a misunderstanding that should've been cleared up much sooner if the heroine, who is also our narrator, started asking questions or, you know, thinking. Not much of a Warprize that one. More of a Consolationprize.
Fantasy/Romance Worth the read

Sometimes little things can bother me greatly in a novel, and, ultimately, affect the way I feel towards a character. I can pinpoint exactly where my disenchantment with our hero, the Warlord, began. (view spoiler)
This is review of the first three books.

The story goes like this.

Warprize was mentioned on Dear Author along with Last Hour of Gann, and I decided to investigate what the hell they were talking about. While it's an absolutely different sub genre from what R.Lee Smith wrote, the main thread is the same: change is introduced to a rigid society with some very deep consequences, and we are invited to observe it.

This is a fantasy romance which I'd especially recommend to the fans of Amy Raby and Gra
This is my all-time favorite book EVER, as in of-the-read-it-to-tatters variety.

The heroine Xylara takes pity on enemy prisoners, defying her brother's orders to do so. When the enemy leader defeats her brother's army, the conqueror's demands are straightforward - Xylara as his slave, in exchange for peace. In order to save her people, she goes. But her "master" Keir isn't what her brother has told her to expect. He treats her with respect, allowing her to practice her healing arts and make fri
Why haven't I read this long before now?!

I had very few complaints with this fantasy laced with a heavy dose of romance. Xylara (or Lara) is a princess with backbone who has become a master healer. Her country is currently at war and her skills are put to good use, but being a sensitive soul and taking her oath as a healer very seriously, she does't stop at tending only to her injured countrymen but offers her services to the captured enemy soldiers as well.

After a series of events and without
WOW! I can't tell you how much I was in need of a good story to come along and pull me out of my slump. I bought this book after catching a glimpse of it on under the section "people who bought this also liked this...". You get the idea ;-). I was actually already reading another book but decided to check out the first chapter and that was pretty much it for me. I read until my eyes burned into the wee hours of the morning and then as soon as I dropped my kids off at school I sat down ...more
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
Maybe I'm being too harsh. Maybe not. But God, this book was so frustrating.

Another thing, is this fantasy or high fantasy? There isn't any magic (yet), but high fantasy doesn't necessarily need to have magic. Or maybe it does? O.o
Definitely one for the ladies. I enjoyed this book, it's very much a romance set in a fantasy world, if you like CL Wilson's trilogy you will like this. The main character can come off as a little unbelievable good at times, but I did feel the need to zip through in one night, so that's always a good sign :) I'll be reading the followups.
Carolyn F.
Wonderful book! I don't know who recommended it but thank you! Just loved the slow moving romance and the way Xylara and Kier got to know and care for each other. I'm planning on reading more by this author.
Lover of Romance
Warpize is the first book in the series, and books 1-3 could actually be one big book, since there are no breaks between books, it just starts off from where the previous book left off. Now for quite some time I kept putting these books off, but I finally decided I needed to try it. Now after reading this book I bought books 2 and 3!!! You go into this book, expecting it to be a average historical themed bodice ripper style of book...well nope it wasn't. Now there are some bodice rippers I love, ...more
Sandy Williams
This was my second read of this book. I read it years ago, probably when it was first released, and remember really liking it. I wanted to read the second book when I finished, but it wasn't released yet and I forgot about it by the time it came out.

Fast forward half a decade. I made a comment on my Facebook Page that I was feeling kind of melancholy because I couldn't get into fantasy books anymore. I used to only read traditional/epic fantasy, but ever since I moved on to urban fantasy and mor
It was about damn time I got my hands on this book! For some reason I just kept postponing this read.... Isn't fantasy one of my favorite genres? YES. Isn't this series one of the most recommended in the genre? YES. Haven't most of my goodreads' friends read it and adored it? YES.... Then why, oh why, did it take me forever to actually start with this book?

Whatever the reason, I'm happy I finally did!

As most first books in series, a lot of pages were spent in describing this new world and it's
Nov 09, 2011 Pam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Pam by: bookchaser
I found this futuristic story interesting.... She was taken to another people/culture to live with them. Her half brother's kingdom has been conquered by THE WARLORD/KEIR. The conditions of the surrender has been given and he declares a warprize.....the Kings half sister, Xylara. Because she has been treating the enemies wounds as well as her own warrior's while the war was going on, she has caught the attention of Keir. XyLara is a master healer with a big heart. She (warprize) didn't know any ...more
The Kingdom of Xyian is left in the hands of Xylara's, half brother, who knows virtually nothing about running the kingdom, and is on the brink of losing it altogether. Lara has learned the art of healing. She helps those that need help including their prisoners that have been taken in during this war. she is kind, tries to learn their language, and help them to heal from there injuries. They are a little confused at her willingness to help them as well as her methods for healing. In the end the ...more
‘Warprize’ is set in an ambiguous era. Vaughan never confirms whether the book is set in the past, future or in a fractured timeline/alternate universe. The setting has a ‘Holy Crusades’ feel to it, with Medieval atmosphere. The timeframe isn’t really that important – since war is timeless, but as a reader you may be slightly frustrated trying to figure out the stories point in time.

At first I was thrown by Keir and Lara’s romance. Because I hadn’t pegged Keir as the books male protagonist. He d
There are some books we read because they make us think, others we read for their nail biting action, and then there are books we read simply because they entertain us. They are warm, and light, and delicious like a hot cup of coco on a cold night. Warprize is one of those books. It’s not profound, or deep, but it is a delightful, action filled romp of an adventure story, with a fantastic, drool worthy romance thrown in to make us melt. It’s the kind of book I see myself reading over and over ag ...more
The spine of the book calls this a paranormal romance. I must have missed the paranormal element. I'd call it strictly fantasy, or "fantasy romance" if there is such a thing. I'd put it in the same category as Jacqueline Carey's "Kushiel's Legacy" books, although this is considerably shorter and not quite as epic.

The kingdom of Xyian falls to the Firelanders. In order to broker peace Lara, half-sister to the king, is turned over to the enemy as a warprize. Lara is a healer, wanting nothing more
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Chronicles of the Warlands (4 books)
  • Warsworn  (Chronicles of the Warlands, #2)
  • Warlord  (Chronicles of the Warlands, #3)
  • Warcry  (Chronicles of the Warlands, #4)
Warlord  (Chronicles of the Warlands, #3) Warsworn  (Chronicles of the Warlands, #2) Warcry  (Chronicles of the Warlands, #4) Dagger-Star (Epic of Palins, #1) White Star (Epic of Palins, #2)

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“Want to know the best part of being a warlord?' came a hoarse whisper.

I bit my lip, puzzled by the question.

Keir’s mouth curled up slowly into a smile. 'I always get what I want.”
“The only source of my power are the pages you hold and the words written thereon. As you read them, I hope the magic starts to work between my words and your imagination.” 25 likes
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