Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 2 June, 2014 by Amanda / 10 Comments

Warprize needs to ask better questions.

Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan

Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan (Chronicles of the Warlands, #1)

Genre: Historical fantasy romance mash up
Format: paperback from library
Read: 3/19/2014
Elizabeth Vaughan
Warprize on Goodreads


Chronicles of the Warlands Series Order

1. Warprize
2. Warsworn
3. Warlord
4. Warcry



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…

The Warprize
-from Goodreads

Thoughts on Warprize

Guys, sometimes I get hung up on QUESTIONS. And these questions fester and grow and needle and suddenly I’m yelling, “Why did you wait 200 pages to ask what it means to be a WARPRIZE?” at Xylara aka Lara aka Warprize.

Seriously. 200 pages before she works up the nerve to ask, even though she has no problem asking about tattoo meanings or customs or ordering people around. Instead, she takes the word of her half-brother who, if she bothered to OPEN HER EYES AND SEE BECAUSE IT’S SO OBVIOUS IT HURTS, is a horrid excuse for a family member and ruler.

Despite that (and the weird names), I kinda liked Warprize. It’s fantasy and romance with historical elements and I am intrigued by the world. It was probably the first book I’ve ever stumbled over first person narrative, though, as I kept expecting to see “she” and “her” and each “I” and “my” was jolting and I had to remind myself that no, Amanda, you’re not reading a third person book.

Though now I’m reading the blurb for the second book in this series and it’s the same couple and while I liked them, I’m not sure I want more of the same. Gimme the happiness of other couples, dammit. Is it too much to ask that one couple’s journey is solved in one book instead of four? Correction. Lara and Keir get three books and there’s a new couple in book four. Is it just me, or does that seem unfair?

I will say that I liked the romance progression between Lara and Keir. Lara clearly has no idea about what’s going on or how Keir feels, but he never forces her into anything. Instead, he draws her in by taking care of her and letting her practice her healing. Good stuff.

In sum, great “I need an escape from life” book, but not a series I’m intending to continue. It pays to ask the right questions, yo. Also to have descriptive love scenes. How does everything fit together? I DON’T KNOW. (Well, I know, but I had to guess for this.)

Filed under: ESR: 6, Historical Fantasy, Review: Amanda, Romance, ,


10 Responses to “Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Dammit, Amanda! The blurb of this has me intrigued, and I want to know MOAR, but not enough to actually, you know… Read it? I want YOU to read it FOR ME :P

    I mean the series ;)

    So, umm… What is a Warprise? I’m guessing Lara? :P

    • Yes, Lara was the Warprize, but it was more complicated than that. And she waited so long to ask! She just made assumptions. Hmmph.

  2. That’s kinda annoying that it took the author so long to answer a question that I’m sure most readers were pulling their hair out about. The first person POV issues is a big deterrent too. I don’t think this book is for me.

    • Yup. I think it was done to draw out the tension between hero and heroine, but considering how much she asked about other things, it just didn’t jive for me.

  3. I think I liked this a bit more that you did, but I didn’t like it enough to continue the series either. It’s been awhile, but I remember banging my head against a wall (repeatedly) every time Lara didn’t ask what a Warprize was. But man, did I love that servant guy. Every time her referred to Keir as “hisself” I cracked up ;)

    PS if this comment shows up twice, my bad. It didn’t look like it took the first time.

    • The ending (i.e., knowing the story wasn’t over) and the lack of questioning made me drop my rating… it was a relatively enjoyable book. But seriously… JUST ASK THE DAMN QUESTION. If you can ask every other question imaginable…

  4. I’m the same way Amanda! There are some books where I’m distracted from the questions by characters or what not and I’m able to let my curiosity sort of slide, but with other books it drives me crazy not to have answers to certain hugely important questions. This sounds like one of those books. Glad you enjoyed the couple overall though, but I’m definitely in agreement on new couples in every book. That’s the way I like my romances series!

    • YES. I’ve never really seen a second book with the same couple that handles the relationship in a way that doesn’t make it seem like it’s just a plot device (except maybe Thea Harrison with Dragos and Pia) to keep the drama going.

  5. I’m on a fantasy roll lately so I might have to check it out for just that reason. However, I KNOW I’ll be like you and yelling at the girl about not asking what in the world a warprize is (seriously. Why wouldn’t you ask?!?). (And what is up with “X” names? It annoys me when I see those X and Z names or names with too many apostrophies in fantasy. Come on. Be a bit more creative.)

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