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The Warlord's Secret

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  336 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The demon-possessed Warlord of Tiyan is at war with enemy kingdoms and her own impending madness. She discovers the answer to both her problems in Taran, a slave-turned-scout obsessed with vengeance and determined to have Tiyan and its queen for his own. Fantasy romance. Non-erotica.
Paperback, 196 pages
Published April 18th 2011 by Createspace (first published April 17th 2011)
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Jun 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose thatI received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This is little more then generic fantasy plot devices and an overwrought tale of "true love" etc.

There is no pacing in this book. The action progress without reference to any time or travel, making it seem that this entire book takes place over the course of a few hours and in an area the size of a football field. For some great kingdom and its jewel of a city under siege, characters com
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book through the First Reads program.

The story was promising: a war-torn land, the hope rests on a man who may turn out to be the enemy and the woman he is destined to love & kill.

The story was the only part. I couldn't connect with the characters. They seemed flat to me. The best character was a bad guy but that was only because I could see his motivations.

I got a bit tired of being told how the characters felt instead of being shown. The man and the woman protagonists 'fell in l
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This one took me a little time to get into, maybe because the style was a little different from what I got used to with the first books I ready by Lizzy.

Once I did start getting into the story, a part of me also started to get irritated with both Taran and Rissa. He was so focused on getting revenge, it took him awhile to realize that there were people who looked up to him and wanted to rely on him. Rissa could have used his help beyond being her guardian early on, but there was just so much mi
By the halfway mark, the book had still failed to engage me, and I attribute that to shoddy worldbuilding and unengaging characters.

Worldbuilding: I hadn't realized that the "demon warlord's" city was the one under siege because of her frequent trips in and out of it, leaving me confused about which sides people were on or who was at war in the first place. Sieges are apparently accomplished with fire traps and wacky obstacles and not armies in this universe. People travel random distances with
Heather andrews
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hate to say this but the book wasn't my cup of tea. Lizzy did a great job at writing and the characters it's just the plot wasn't for me. I enjoyed the fact that Rissa wasn't a damsel in distress and would do anything for her people. Taran Oh. My. God. that man wasnt so much for freedom, but doesn't know what to do as he starts to fall in love. "He deepened the kiss, thrilled when she responded by becoming more demanding, more passionate. She responded with none of the reservation she normally d ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This story was a little uneven and sometimes the action jumped around a bit yet at the same time it was weirdly compelling. I don't know what Lizzy Ford does to pull me in to the point where I can't stop reading, but she does it well.

Plot wise, this was an intriguing book chock full of demons and madness, warlords and honorable former slaves. The characters would sometimes swing from one emotional extreme to another without any reason, but I found myself overlooking those flaws just so I could s
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, romance
This was an interesting idea, but the story wasn't very thought out and honestly didn't flow well. In a world with horses for transportation and war on the horizon nothing played as it should. Traveling the length of an entire Kingdom seemed to take mere minutes and the whole book read like this. Conflicts and histories that should have been played up felt as if I was reading a condensed only the highlights parts. I didn't feel like I was drawn into the story or that our characters were rounded ...more
Mily Lou
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was great!!!!

Taran was a good character. Even if he was a little bitter because of what happened to him in his childhood. The way the author wrote the character was very impressive. It is very hard to like a character like Taran. Some authors make a big mistake when they make a main characters to mean. Reader tend to lose interest in them and look for other characters to like. I've done that many times. This book was fast pace and it was kinda hard to hate any characters because before
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Warlord's Secret, not as much as the "Damian" series, but it was good. It flowed well, and was an easy read. I read it in a few hours, so it captured my attention. I was a little confused with the book starting out with an "Excerpt from the Book of the Dead" since I didn't know what The Book of the Dead was, but once I figured that out, all was ok. I actually went back to read that part again. Maybe I'm just a little thick headed :) If you like a good "paranormal" book like I do, that is ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-can-loan
I had high hopes for this book but it ended up as a very generic paranormal read. Worse part is that I can't connect with the ultra "I don't trust anyone but me" heroine. Yes she has a traitor advisor I get that. But she also has a very trusted guy of the same rank so she should be able to know the difference. In the end, I don't like how mechanical this heroine's actions are. The rest of the characters are better than her. I was actually more invested with secondary characters than the main cha ...more
Apr 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
The reader is pretty much thrown into what feels like the middle of a novel with little to no character development or world building. The pacing was terrible and feelings and motivations of characters were so erratic and most everything felt confusing because it was all over the place.

I also highly dislike insta-love so this was a definite turn-off for me. Vara, one of the characters, even points out that it's been only a week! "You who claimed no loyalty to any kingdom have sworn yourself to T
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First let me say, I love Lizzy Ford's book! The characters and worlds that she creates are original and exciting. While often the first chapter or two are developmental and confusing (I usually have to reread them)once into the story, it's a page turner. The Warlord's Secret is no exception. I did find the story jumped around at times making it a little hard to follow but I had a hard time putting it down. I was very happy at the end to see that there is potential for the story to continue!
Jill Hunter
May 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Considering this book is described as a fantasy romance, there was very little romance in it. Only two spots and they were brief. Prefect for the romance light types like me. The story is strong and characters well described and believable. There were a few points I just didn’t get, mostly pre-storyline history, which would have made the story more understandable. I prefer my kissing with a-lot of killing thrown in, so this book worked well for me.
Another great book by Lizzy Ford. It started off a little slow, but quickly built up speed. By the end of the book, I couldn't put it down.

Throughout the book, it keeps you in suspense as to who exactly is the "good" guy and you sometimes don't even know who to root for. Many twists and turns that keep you on your toes as you're reading. I loved the ending and how you didn't know if they would really succeed at all.

Ginelle Blanch
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I know that this was meant as a stand alone but, I really with that Ms. Ford would reconsider! Not a very happy book most of the way through but, I love Taran and Rissa, Hilden and Vara! The ending turned out to be really good, I had been a bit concerned for a moment and am still interested in knowing what becomes of Sirian and the demons...
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, paranormal
I don't understand the romance in this book (which is crucial to accepting the plot I think.) Why do they even like each other? Because they do some things for each other that you have to at least care for the other person to take that risk. But there is nothing between them or at least nothing was shown to make me feel as though there were. I just don't get it.
Ashley Soliday
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: lizzy-ford
Truth be told this was my least favorite book of Lizzy Ford's I have read and I've read a lot! I can't really say what it was about the book that I didn't care for it just wasn't for me but by no means am I saying it was a bad book. I would tell you if you have read Lizzy's books in the past and liked them give this one a shot too and you might find that you like it.
Melissa ownsbey
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
liked the cover
loved that it had some romance mixed with fanasty
it was great i enjoyed the book very much
i thuoght it sad when taran family his whole familywas murder not good
but i am he found a woman to fought for
it had everyhing i liked in a book if u havent read this book go out and buy it you will like
i loved this book
Amalia Kollarou
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
It wasn't what I expected. The story was promising but the filing I got was like all the facts took place in 3 days in a small area not in a kingdom. The protagonists where not so powerful as I was expecting to bee due to there roles and they really fell in love VERY quickly. At the end the story closed so quickly and I felt like the author was in a harry to finish it.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had high expectations after reading a preview that the over hyped immortal realm is explored in this part.I felt a little disappointed after completing this book though. But it was a lot different than the 2nd and 3rd part of this series. And the story goes very slow.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Got this book as a free Kindle download. Finished it within 24 hours. Once you start, you don't want to stop. Hope there's a sequel. Love the characters - Rissa and Taran. Want to know more about their love story. Rissa is an amazing female clan leader.
May 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
very underwhelming. flat characters and boring plot. i'd skip this one.
Amber Griffith
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you.
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it
The back story is a little confusing until you get further into the story. Once into the story it's page turning action that will keep you reading.
Renee Lippert
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I just the book in the mail yesterday, and after work I'm going to start into it! I should note that I received this book from the First Reads Giveaway.
Asher Faith Mangao
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lizzy-ford-books
Great story
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good! I loved how the ended left it kind of a mystery and it wasn't just a happily ever after. I really like The author so I'm glad this turned out good.
Interesting premise, but I found myself pushing through to finish...looking for something interesting to happen - it didn't.
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-ve-won
The story was interesting and a bit dark. I enjoyed the action and characters. The only draw back was that the story jumped around a bit.
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I wonder if there's a sequel?
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