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336 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published June 13, 2005
"I...went into the bathing area to remove the dress carefully. I tried to fold it, but the material slipped and slid, the dress ending up on the floor every time. Tired, frustrated and upset, I finally gave up and left it lay on one of the benches. A tunic and trous were set out for me, and I climbed into them for sleeping. After washing out my undergarments, I washed up quickly. My hair was windblown from the tower and the ride, so I gathered up a comb and returned to the other room to try to deal with the tangled mess."Was her editor unavailable that day? I've heard my GoodReads friends describe first person narratives as journal writing. Warprize is journal writing if the writer were a drone. The heroine lists events, lifelessly recounts her reaction in brief (if that) and repeats indefinitely. There is next to no internal dialogue, so we never know the heroine. Since most of these events revolve around her work in the field as a healer, the account becomes excruciatingly repetitive and descends into unnecessary detail (as above). I can't count the number of times I read about Lara brewing fevers foe, but I'm sure a recipe would sum up the book nicely.
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“You tried. That was all you could do. All any of us can do....”
“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.”
“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 who needs medical help she is determined to assist. Her half-brother who is the King is currently at war with the Warlord Keir, and doesn’t like that she is treating the wounded captives.
But then Keir wants Lara as the warprize in order to seize the war between him and her kingdom. And because her brother has always hated her, he relished the idea of giving Lara as a slave to Keir. Lara is such a selfless person and so strong willed, that she would do anything to keep her kingdom safe, and so agrees to become the warprize.
I utterly enjoyed the plot and world-building of this story. Keir and his warriors are from the Plains and has a different culture and way of speaking. During the time that Lara cared for the wounded warriors she learned their language, but their customs are still very foreign to her, so there were a few of misunderstanding because of this. I loved the fact that being a warprize meant two very different things in the 2 cultures, and I must say I loved Keir’s way more. I also very much enjoyed the character building, and there were many of Keir’s warriors that I just adored.
The warriors had no one to treat the wounded back at their camp, and Lara stepped right up to do what she was born to do. I really loved Gils, the little boy, who decided to become her apprentice.
Of course the danger is not over now that a truce has been reached, and there are those who would love nothing more than killing Keir and Lara. And it’s up to Keir and his warriors to protect their precious warprize.
“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.”
Keir was fantastic. Fearsome and a true warrior, he was one very sexy Warlord. I wouldn’t mind being his warprize ;-) I loved that as soon as he found out that Lara’s people only got intimate after they were bonded, he respected this and went about seducing her and winning her trust.
I loved the romance in this book. The chemistry between Keir and Lara was intense, but it was slow building, and fit the story perfectly.
A really wonderful romantasy (fantasy + romance), and one I would highly recommend.