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Warprize (Chronicles of the Warlands #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,351 Ratings  ·  547 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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Resident Optimist There's some romance but as far as I can remember, the actual smut is cut out. It's very light on smut.
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Mar 18, 2009 new_user rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
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
Ilona Andrews
Feb 06, 2012 Ilona Andrews rated it it was amazing
Hehehe. Warlord. :D
Helen 2.0
Jun 16, 2016 Helen 2.0 rated it really liked it
Did anyone else notice that (in the paperback version at least) the spelling of the Warlord's name switched randomly in the middle of the book? For the first couple chapters it was "Kier" and then for the rest of the book it was "Keir". *frowns at editors*

Wow. This book was great. I read it in little bits because I was busy with buddy reads, but I'm glad I didn't give up on it. The writing was lovely, aside from editing oversights *frowns again*, and the world-building... Damn. Too interesting.

Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Wallflower Addict*
"Want to know the best part about 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."

A bit of an anticlimactic quote since the war lord was in fact not a jerk! All jokes aside I did like this book, it wasn't amazing but there was something about it. I went in expecting a high fantasy romance with some magic and epic world building but aside from a little world building this was more of a romance
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
A good book all around - not what I thought it would be but left me satisfied that I read it.

I thought this would have a "fantasy" aspect of it but instead we are given a story of a historical kingdom at war with a barbaric tribe.

There is a princess and a angry brother/king and a group of barbarians who are more peaceful than the hooty-tooty society.
Mar 14, 2016 Joanita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Absolutely fantastic!!!!

“It is said that the attraction between warlord and warprize is as the heat of the sun that shines in the height of summer.”

I love fantasy, but b/c I’m such a romance addict I tend to read more romance than fantasy. It’s rare to find a fantasy book with a sufficient amount of romance, and this book was an absolute treasure ;-)

Lara is the daughter of a Warrior King, but for her there’s nothing more important than being a healer. Whether it’s friend or foe, anyone w

Sep 07, 2011 TJ rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
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. "
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Apr 20, 2015 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 19, 2008 Holly rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2015 Kay rated it did not like it
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 probably an ill-advised recommendation.

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 fr
**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
Viktoria (seelieknight)
Mar 25, 2016 Viktoria (seelieknight) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy fantasy romance
I've decided to review this series as a whole! (Review to come.)
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Review posted: 26.04.2016 (edited: 10.05.2016)

I... liked it. Even though it was very long dragged out. I got bored sometimes, but not much, and the characters were lovely. I liked Keir. Very much so. Hell, I liked Keir and Lara as a...couple of sorts, however, I'm not sure if I liked them enough to read even more book about them. Only the future can tell...
Aisling Zena
Jul 28, 2015 Aisling Zena rated it really liked it
3.5-3.75 stars
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
Pamela / SpazP
Jun 02, 2011 Pamela / SpazP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
T.J. Shaw
Jan 26, 2014 T.J. Shaw rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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,
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
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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Sep 18, 2009 Felicia rated it really liked it
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.
Kendall Berg


Whatever I thought this book would be about - this was better.

Plot Summary:
Lara is the Princess of Xy and her crazy half brother is on the throne and bitter over her existence. When a Warlord fights his way to the palace steps Lara refuses to cower and continues to provide care for both her own warriors and the dangerous Firelanders. When the warlord commands terms for the city's surrender, Lara's life is bargained with and she is sold to the Warleader a
May 16, 2015 puppitypup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
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)
Feb 17, 2015 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 15, 2014 Thenia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance, series, 2013
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
Ana T.
Jun 14, 2008 Ana T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 14, 2015 Giedre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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.
Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
Love, love, LOVED it. Scholarly princess claimed by barbarian Warlord--yes, please ;)
Erin O'Roark
Evidently I have a terrible habit of picking books that end up on the floor after I fell asleep reading them.

On one hand, it's nice because I have a hard time falling asleep. On the other hand, it gets frustrating when I get drool on the pages somewhere between where Lara takes a bath and when she's mending wounds in the healing camps a thousand times a day.

Maybe if I was more interested and versed in the ways of fictional herbs and magic I'd have been more interested in this book. I'm going to
Mar 29, 2012 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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)

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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.”
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