Warprize is a fantasy romance, the beginning of a planned trilogy.
Xylara (Lara) is a healer first, but she is also a royal princess, and when war breaks out between her people an the Firelanders, she takes advantage of her brothers largess in stating that the enemy wounded will be treated as well as there own wounded. Unfortunately his decree was only for show and his intentions were no where near as noble. Lara, however, can not justify to herself lack of treatment to any wounded person, friend or enemy, and uses her own resources to care for the enemy wounded and in doing so discovers they bleed red just like anyone else and are indeed men of honour even if of different races than her own.
When the Warlord of the Firelanders calls off the siege and demands peace talks with the King, Lara's half brother, he also demands Lara as a Warprize. When the King tells Lara she is to be given as slave to the Warlord and gives her poison to either kill herself or the Warlord, she realizes that her brother does not intend to adhere to the intention of the treaty but rather to kill the prisoners prior to their release, as the treaty stated all living prisoners were to be released. She goes to the prisoners and offers herself as a hostage if needed. After all, the king won't kill her as she is the Warprize and the peace is contingent on getting her.
She is to be presented to the Warlord in nothing but a white shift and to take nothing that is not given her by his hand. Imagine her surprise when she realizes she has met the Warlord in the market when she was buying supplies for his men.
It is not until much later, after she has fallen in love with the honourable Warlord, she discovers the extent of her brothers' treachery, that being a Warprize is a highly honoured position much like wife, and not slave as she had been led to believe and that Kier loves her as deeply as she loves him.
The Kings treachery is further revealed in an assignation attempt which is almost successful on Lara's life to which the Warlord Kier reacts aggressively.
What will happen now that Lara's kingdom has no King? Will she be forced to take the crown she does not want and forfeit the man she does?
This is a wonderful, wonderful story of love, honour, justice, sacrifice and the stubbornness of a woman in love with an honorable man. This is a book that will leave you with eagerly awaiting the next in the trilogy.
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