I stumbled across Elizabeth Vaughan's book "Warprize" when in first came out and instantly fell in love with both the characters and their very different cultures. I have to say, I was very disappointed when her next set of books, starting with "Dagger-star," took us to a different part of the world she created. I didn't care for the new culture or the new characters very much and only skimmed them until "Destiny's Star" took us back to the Plains. "Warcry" is even better--it takes us back to Keir and Lara, though as seen through characters Atira and Heath, and their efforts to create a new world that fuses Xyian and Plains peoples and cultures.
That being said, what about the romance? This book focuses on previous support characters Heath and Atira, and while the evolution of their relationship was enjoyable, it wasn't why I read the book. Truth be told, I think this series would be better off if packaged as fantasy with a strong romance, rather than a romance with a strong fantasy aspect, though I can understand why, for marketing reasons, they've classified it as romance (though the cover makes me shake my head and go, "Really?"). That being said, the sex scenes felt a bit out of place, as though the author wrote the book without them and then she or the editor or somebody looked over the finished book and went, "Well, darn it, this is a romance! It needs lovemaking!" I skipped over them and don't feel that I missed anything from the story.
All in all, a very satisfying story, though a bit confusing if you haven't read Keir and Lara's trilogy. I can't wait for the next book!