07 September 2008

Review: Elizabeth Vaughan - Warprize

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Paranormal Romance (May 31, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765352648
ISBN-13: 978-0765352644



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--but she can heal the brave ones injured in battle.But not only her countrymen are wounded, and Xylara's conscience won't let Firelander warriors die when she can do something to save them. She learns their language and their customs and tries to make them as comfortable as possible, despite their prisoner-of-war status.She never expects that these deeds, done in good faith, would lead to the handsome and mysterious Firelander Warlord demanding her in exchange for a cease-fire.
Xylara knows must trade the life she has always known for the well-being of her people, and so she becomes...

Two worlds collide, two different ways of life meet, one was defeated…..the other victor and claiming his….warprize.

This novel is a grand opening of the trilogy written by Elizabeth Vaughan. Due or maybe because of the fact that the book is written from Xylara’s point of view she is taking me into the intriguing world of Xyian, through her eyes we learn of her way of life, her thoughts, feelings, courage and strength. As Keir walks into her life as the Warlord her world is upside down, he’s a wise and strong leader though he makes mistakes he shows his Warprize a new way of life as Xylara shows him the wisdom of hers. Together they try to weave a new future but Xylara will never be truly happy as his slave and Warprize until she finds out what it truly means to be a….Warprize.

This book is written from the first person and its effect didn’t go unnoticed for the impact of emotions was for me all the more intense. My first impression of the talent that Elizabeth Vaughan possesses is that of incredible characters and building up a magnificent world where I, as a reader, got lost in and at the end wanted to devour the next installment in this trilogy! This book was also about conflict in each other’s way of life and neither was good or truly bad. Also the way Elizabeth Vaughan described the rules within the tribe and some of the rituals vibrated in my imagination and was truly sweeping me of my feet. The explanation behind the title Warprize echoed in my heart as Joden explained it to Xylara/Warprize or when the dances started I almost felt myself there, heart beating at the beat of the drums.

Elizabeth Vaughan is a master at weaving a spectacular tale! The story is told at a pleasant pace, taking the time to give the world and characters depth and has strong dialogue. It slowly lets the readers get used to all the rules and enjoying the various of characters, I especially loved Joden and Simus, Anna, Atira, Rafe and Prest but the ones who truly won my heart over was Xylara and Keir, their dance of intellect, courage and above all romance gave this story it’s true colors! At the end Elizabeth Vaughan gave me a heart stopping moment and though you know it’s a trilogy, so there is no real ending, you want to scream of injustice. I have also to applaud Ms. Vaughan for her ending that leaves everything in the open as how it will continue in a very satisfying way!

Elizabeth Vaughan is a spectacular new voice in the fantasy romance genre!

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