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Preview — Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan
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--bu ...more
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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
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WARPRIZE was a book that I put off reading for a while because I'd hyped it up in my mind so much that I was afraid it wouldn't meet my expectations. But I finally mustered up the courage to read it and much to my surprise and delight, it exceeded my expectations in all ways. This is a slow-burn romance with a light fantasy setting that makes up for the lack of magic with great world-building and a diverse and interesting cast of charact ...more
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Second re-read: 18.11.2020
I adore the beginning of this series. It's a great way to start a book, and to introduce characters personalities. While the book is long and filled with information, it is quite enjoyable. Though I have to be honest and say that I did skim a lot, I still like the book overall. I do wish, however, that Keir showed more... power? He's a damned good leader, but I wanted him to show just how powerful he was, if you know what I mean?
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.
“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,...more
So why 4 stars? I'm not sure - lol. I'm not a fan of this type of "clean" book but I read the entire ...more
I love that there are flaws in culture and knowledge in both cultures, as well as strengths. Xylara must balance the two. I a ...more
The heroine is a strong woman who doesn't frighten easily. She has royal blood but spends her time as a healer. I liked her. This is one of those rare moments where I can say that I have absolutely no complaints where the ...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. ...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
Overall Opinion: I'm super disappointed if I'm being completely honest. This started out and I was really into it, staying up way too late reading one more chapter, thinking "yes! another The Golden Dynasty type book"....but then it flopped. I don't have to have sex in books, but I do need a connection. I liked the tension leading up to Lara being with Kier and H's people, but then everying seemed to fizzle out. No connection to the characters and no connection between them. I felt as ...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
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
Things I enjoyed:
- all the characters experienced growth.
- culture clash between city dwellers and tribal plainsman
- the ensuing miscommunication
- Lara, the princess, is a healer
- Keir, the Warlord, is sweet & hot.
- Political intrigue and drama
About the listed genre: not fantasy. No magic or fantastical beasts, it's a historical romance.
It's too hot to write a better review and I rather read book ...more
This was a favorite book and it’s on sale today. If you like romantasy and excellent world building go buy it!
It's like this book was written for me.
- detailed world building
- main character is a healer
- exploration of two different cultures
- the plot has romance but it's not front and center
- no instalove
- it's the first in a series!!! More books!!
This book reminded me of the Tainted Accords series by Kelly St Clare, so if you like one you'd probably like ...more
Generally, I like the books I read to have a few layers of smut in them. (Shocking, I know!) So imagine my surprise when I found myself COMPLETELY embroiled in a book where not a single salaciously untoward thing happens! Especially when it's about a woman who's given as tribute to an invading barbarian Warlord. Somehow the author kept it classy, and I should have been disappointed! I should have been outraged! I should have dumped this book back at the libr ...more
In short, Warprize was a darling and entertaining story about a brave young woman in the middle of two medieval feuding kingdoms. No prophecies, no magic, no fey fol ...more
This book was fan-freaking-tastic. I am forever taking your book recommendations after this.
Ok now, in case you missed it from the beginning paragraph, this book blew my mind. It had everything I love. An arranged marriage, violence and fighting, treachery, great secondary characters. It just had it all. I was glued to each page. I walked around looking like a zombie for the past 2 days because I stayed up so late reading. Was it worth it?
I loved Lara. She was stro ...more
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 roman ...more
I'm not sure what to say about this. It was not inherently bad, but just not my cup of tea. The writing was bland and a lot of passages were redundant, namely those describing daily tasks and other actions that contributed neither to the plotline, nor to further insights into the characters. It got so boring to the point I wasn't sure whether I was going to finish it. There was just no depth.
The only thing I can say for certain about the protagonist, Xylara, is that she's so selfless i ...more
✅ Plot and pace
✅ Captive / Captor (kind of)
✅ Funny moments
I really liked this book, more than I expected. The writing is nice and easy to read, the characters are well developed, and the story is compelling enough to keep us hooked. I didn't want to put the book down.
Lara is a healer, sister of the king and Keir is the Warlord who conquered her kingdom. He asks for Lara to be given to him as a war prize and Lara's brother is too happy to oblige ...more
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
'"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
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|My Interview with Elizabeth Vaughan!||1||22||Sep 24, 2012 01:50AM|
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 secret identity is that of a lawyer, pr ...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.”