Howard in his Conan books and makes for a satisfying escapist read with its enjoyable romance between a plucky, near-naked heroine and a truly heroic hero. With her father dead and her incompetent half-brother on the throne, the kingdom is in danger of falling to warring Firelanders. Unable to depose her sibling or negotiate peace, Lara serves her people by healing the warriors—on both sides of the conflict—who are injured in battle. She never expects that her deeds, done in good faith, would lead to the handsome and mysterious Firelander Warlord demanding her in exchange for a cease-fire. To save her land and her people, Lara trades her freedom to become the Warprize. Elizabeth A.

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Princess Xylara Lara of the land of Xy is a healer despite her royal status. She and her half brother have never truly gotten along and her decision to pursue this has been a source of friction between them. But worse things are afoot as the country has been invaded by a fierce horseback warrior tribe who are called the People of the Plains.

When the inevitable occurs, Lara braces herself for the terms of their defeat but nothing could have prepared her for the news her half brother announces — namely that she will be given over to the leader of the People as a Warprize. Horrified, Lara imagines a future of degradation at worst and being a slave at best.

But as the terms were presented to her, she has little choice if the people whom her royal family has governed for generations are to escape destruction. Lara is handed over to Keir and his people and thus begins her new life.

They seem friendly enough yet are still strange and strangers to her. Since the book is now over five years old, I would imagine that many people have read it and know the Big Reveal which is saved for the last quarter of the story.

If that makes sense. While the worldbuilding is probably not top notch as compared to many fantasy novels, it works for me and I found myself fascinated by the People and their culture. They drew me in and kept me turning pages. The people of Xy are less interesting and come across as general run of the mill fantasy medieval folk. I do have a few problems with Lara but not with her selfless devotion as a healer.

It is presented as a calling for her and one in which she was taught her duty to the wounded and sick. In my opinion, he needed to be knocked around a little. And we only know what she knows or has been taught. That they are barbarian raiders who have come to pillage and destroy. Some of the questions were answered in the next two books which Jane and I have variously reviewed at Dear Author. Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 20 years ago.

I was pleasantly surprised at this book when I first read it a few years ago. I enjoyed all the characters and found myself actually like Lara, like you I grew a tiny bit frustrated with her, but not enough to not enjoy the book over all.

First person POV was the only way to go with this one, I think. Just as you said. She can be stubborn and opinionated, as demonstrated in the next book, but I never doubted her desire for peace, or her love for Keir.

Keir was the perfect balance of strength and calm, not arrogant or swaggering. Just love him. I think fans of book one will be happy with the upcoming release. Angela James : I so agree about book 2. Too much sweat! Oh, this book.

Reading about a fictional culture and mythology are one of the elements of fantasy novels that draw me. There are images that I still remember from the books—they were drawn so well that I have a clear picture in my head. I read this book a few years ago, but I really enjoyed it.

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REVIEW: Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan

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.


“Warprize” by Elizabeth Vaughan

Xylara is a Daughter of Xy, brought up to do her duty to her country, her king and her people. Her father, the Warrior King Xyron, is dead and her incompetent half-brother Xymund is on the throne; she has chosen to serve her people as a healer, until she is needed to make a marriage of alliance. But the once-great kingdom of Xy is threatened by the Warlord and his barbarian Firelanders, and her brother Xymund is forced to surrender. The terms are fair: the kingdom will remain under Xymund's control, and the taxes and tithes are reasonable. All prisoners and wounded are to be exchanged unharmed. There is just one thing more: to ensure a true peace - no pillaging, no looting, no rapine - the Warlord has claimed tribute.

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