However, it was not long before I found myself totally engrossed in this book. Xylara or Lara, as everyone calls her, to my relief is the first-person narrator. Her country is at war. A terrifying army of horseback barbarians who call themselves the People of the Plains has invaded.
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However, it was not long before I found myself totally engrossed in this book. Xylara or Lara, as everyone calls her, to my relief is the first-person narrator. Her country is at war. A terrifying army of horseback barbarians who call themselves the People of the Plains has invaded. Lara has bucked royal tradition to become a healer; she divides her time between nursing the wounded of her own side, and nursing the enemy wounded in the prisoner-of-war camp on the castle grounds.
This comes to the attention of the Plains Warlord, a handsome blue-eyed man named Keir. When he goes to Xymund to demand surrender, Keir also demands tribute: Lara will become his warprize. Xymund all too readily agrees. Stripped of her belongings and clothing, Lara is given to Keir.
She assumes that she will be made a sex slave, or perhaps even a camp follower. But she is treated unexpectedly well, except when she accidentally offends Plains custom. Lara makes a life for herself in the camp, healing the wounded, and is frequently confronted with strange traditions that seem barbaric to her. Slowly, she comes to understand her strange captors. She also grows closer to the enigmatic Keir.
In fact, this is a book about a clash of cultures. As a member of one society plunged into another, Lara misunderstands a great deal, until the end of the novel when all is revealed.
Lara is a heroic sort of heroine, always sacrificing herself for the good of her people and tending the wounds of her enemies as well as her friends. The fact that the entire novel is told from her point of view, and that she is completely bewildered most of the time, helps to lessen the impact of her virtuousness. Keir is a great hero. He understands Lara as little as she understands him, but his unfailing respect for her won my heart.
The plot stems from realistic characters and their different cultures, not from sorcery. There are a few non-parallel paragraphs and other writing glitches that remind me that Elizabeth Vaughan is a first-time author one who deserves a better editor.
The author sees fit to endow a few characters with annoying accents, for no reason that I could fathom. Since this is the first of a trilogy, plan on getting the next one, too.
With any luck, this is the beginning of a long and prolific career. Buy Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan:.
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Start your review of Warprize Chronicles of the Warlands, 1 Write a review Shelves: historical Warprize disappointed me. I had my first clue a few pages in when I realized the prose I could expect would be basic at best, for a romantic fantasy. I liked the hero Keir -he was to all appearances strong and charming and everything nice, an admittedly refreshing change from the Warprize disappointed me. 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.