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Warprize (Chronicles of the Warlands #1)
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
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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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 warlord....an angry brother/king and a group of barbarians who are more peaceful than the hooty-tooty society.
“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...more
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. " ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
'"But he has claimed tribute."Would you sacrifice your freedom for peace?
(...) "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."'
That question tends to be the o ...more
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...
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
Whatever I thought this book would be about - this was better.
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 ...more
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)[He didn’t give Lara any shoes for the ceremony. A ceremony where she stood shivering barefoot on the cold marble floor, before getting whisked off into the cold night, still with no shoes on. That cloak may have kept the rest of her warm, but what about h ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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I bit my lip, puzzled by the question.
Keir’s mouth curled up slowly into a smile. 'I always get what I want.”