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Warlord (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Paperback]

Elizabeth Vaughan
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7 Aug 2008 GOLLANCZ S.F.

Lara of Xy and her Warlord, Keir of the Cat, have been through much together. Lara left her homeland and her people for him, adopting his tribe as hers and learning their ways. Together they have overcome great trials, faced plague and insurgency, and found joy and happiness in each other's arms.

But now they face their most arduous trial: Keir must take Lara into the Heart of the Plains, where she will be tested and examined by the warrior-priests.

For Lara is the Warprize, but if the elders are to confirm her in her role, she must be accepted by a people who loathe everything she represents. And if she is found wanting, she will lose everything: her new home, her new people - and her Warlord . . .

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575082895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575082892
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lara has to prove herself to the warrior-priests - or lose her Warlord for ever . . .

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Elizabeth Vaughan is a bankruptcy and financial lawyer, and a keen fantasy role-player. She lives in Canada's Northwest Territory, on the outskirts of the Black Swamp, along Mad Anthony's Trail on the banks of the Maumee River. Warprize is her first novel.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four and a Half Stars 24 Mar 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Warlord concludes the trilogy that began with Warprize. Lara and Keir finally reach the Heart of the Plains and Lara goes before the Elders to see if they will confirm her as a Warprize. I am already a big fan of the first two books so admit to some bias here. For those readers who were unhappy with some of the occurrences in Warsworn, I feel that this story is very much a return to the form of Warprize, so they should be very pleased with the concluding book.

Warlord has been marketed as a paranormal romance and I don't think this is the correct genre for this book. There are no werewolves or vampires, and readers expecting them because of the paranormal labelling may be disappointed.

After everything seemed to fall apart for Lara and Keir in Warsworn (the second book of the trilogy) things finally come together here. Lara realises in Warlord what a task it will be to try and unite the Xyian and Plains (Firelander) way of life; and that there will be no easy answers or solutions. Keir remains intractable as far as the Warrior Priests are concerned, though it becomes clear that they are not all bad - it's nice to have this stubborn (and loyal) side of his character highlighted. There are references back to things that happened in Warprize and Warsworn, so if you haven't read those books for a while you may want to refresh your memory before starting the third book. Although the Warprize story is concluded here, there are many questions left unanswered and my fingers are crossed that Elizabeth Vaughn will return to these in a future book. I'd rate the trilogy as a whole at 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant end to the trilogy 16 Mar 2007
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the third book in Elizabeth Vaughan's trilogy featuring Xylara, Queen of Xy, and Keir, Warlord of the Plains. The first book, "Warprize", was a brilliant work of fantasy with a slow-burn and engaging romance. The second book, "Warsworn", didn't quite reach the same heights for me as our heroine Xylara seemed to be the cause of an awful lot of suffering, although whether she was to blame was debatable. Still, that book ended with hero and heroine having learned that trust in each other is something that has to be earned.

"Warlord" begins as the army of the People of the Plains is travelling to the Heart of the Plains (sort of like their capital city only made of tents) to have Xylara validated as Warprize. It seems throughout this story that people tend to keep Lara in the dark - they don't seem to spend a lot of time explaining cultural matters to her, and as they travel towards the Heart of the Plains she doesn't really know what her validation involves. Keir's time as they journey is spent in trying to keep his army together after the devastation of the plague and to counteract the machinations of Iften, Keir's second in command.

We meet some new characters such as Keekai, one of the Elders who will be making judgement on Lara's status as Warprize and we learn a lot more about the Warrior-Priests who have had a very bad reputation since book one and which Keir has vowed to destroy. When Lara arrives at the Heart of the Plains the descriptions of life there are excellent - the reality of a harsh nomadic life is tempered by joy of their dances and community spirit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting tale 20 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read other books by this author and this series of three did nothing to disapoint a cracking pace fantastic characters and well worth the read
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4.0 out of 5 stars recommended 11 Jan 2009
By AnetteF
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'Warlord' is the final book in the 'Chronicles of the Warlands' trilogy.

I too would give this book four and a half, the missing star being due to the ending which for me didn't quite hit the dramatic climax that I had been expecting. As another reviewer has mentioned, the scene is certainly set for a follow on which would immediately go to the top of my 'must buy' list.

This book also provided me with an addition to my 'un-missable reading delights' list. To those who have read the book... Lara, Keir, council and lovebite... I am sure most will share the whoops of laughter that echoed in my house. If you have not read it... well, for me, this scene alone was worth the prize I paid for the book!

My star ratings are the result of the following breakdown:
How difficult was it to put the book down: difficult = four stars
Would I buy the hardcover of this one: probably = four stars
Am I likely to read it again: definitely = five stars
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3.0 out of 5 stars A slide into disappointment after Warprize 24 Nov 2009
I was disappointed with the remaining two books. Thoroughly enjoyed Warprize. The level of intensity had dropped in this book. It is well written. No doubt about that but it doesn't grip the reader as Warprize did. The descripton of Keir's homeland and the conflicts that were hinted at in the first book was never fully fleshed out. While the focus is on Lara's assimilation into the new society, it seemed rushed as if the author wanted to reach the conclusion. The ending beautifully tied up the three books though.
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