- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (15 Feb. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575079622
- ISBN-13: 978-0575079625
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Warprize (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Hardcover – 15 Feb 2007
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More About the Author
She is a Warprize - and the Warlord who claims her wants her body and soul . . .
About the Author
Elizabeth Vaughan is a bankruptcy and financial lawyer, and a keen fantasy role-player. She lives in Ohio. WARPRIZE is her first novel.
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Vaughan builds a totally believable world around a strong female character and the difficulties she faces as a healer in a siege situation. Her moral dilemmas are nicely handled and the description of the herbs and processes she heals with are entirely convincing. This is no 'filler' plot; Lara's dilemma is finely and beautifully drawn.
Characterisation is great here, and each person introduced--however minor--seems to sparkle with both a part and a future. Unfortunately, this rule seems to break only for Lara's brother the King, a character who could certainly do with being fleshed out a bit more believably. The Warlord too, it pains me to say, intrigues but never fully convinces.
The main complaint I would have, the one that prevented me from giving five stars, is that the major plot twist that changes Lara's situation is telegraphed from almost the first chapter. I like to figure out what's going to happen, not be hit up the face with it on every second page!
Complaints aside, though, I thoroughly recommend picking this book up. I guarantee you'll be ordering the second in the series before the spine is properly closed on the final page.
Lara was shunned when she first went to aid the enemy warriors in the prison section. But after much persistence and then proving her healing abilities, the wounded warriors accepted her and looked forward to her visits. It is Lara's fighting spirit, good heart, and healing talent that changes her fate.
When King Xymund and Warlord Keir meet to discuss "true peace", the Warlord demands Lara as "Warprize". Xymund swears fealty to Keir and Lara goes with Keir, not knowing what to expect. But the peace is threatened as assassination attempts are made on Lara. If the Warprize should did, the lands will run red with the blood of thousands.
***** Absolutely fantastic! I lost half a night of sleep because I could not stop reading this novel. Lara and Keir will have three books. But do not worry, this book does not end and leave you hanging. (I hate it when a book does that.) This tale blends what seems to be historical romance (horses, swords, etc) with fantasy. It is obviously not something that could have ever happened on Earth; however, the book never mentions what planet it is set on. If not for the fantasy elements, you could very well believe this was set back in the days of Vikings or knights. Highly recommended reading! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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.Read more ›
Warprize is set in a quasi-Mediaeval world where Xylara is the half-sister of the king, Xymund. Unfortunately Xymund is a bad king and has been unsuccessful at keeping the Firelander warriors from his land - in fact, they are almost at the point of besieging his castle. Xylara works as a healer, a doctor, for the injured from both sides of the battle.
It's in going against her brother's wishes and tending to the sick of the Firelanders that she first begins to get involved in a situation which will change her life forever. She picks up the language of the Firelanders, once they learn to trust her ministrations, and is there when a new injured man is brought in. She discovers that he is actually a very important man within the warrior hierarchy of the Firelanders but chooses not to share this information with her half-brother as she knows it would mean this man's death.
Unfortunately for Xylara, her work with the Firelander men has brought her to the attention of the Warlord of the Firelanders and she discovers that in order to cement a peace treaty her half-brother has given her as tribute to the Warlord as a slave, called a Warprize. Because she is an honourable woman with a sense of duty to her people she submits to this slavery, being taken to the huge camp of the Firelanders and installed in the Warlord's tent.
And thus begins Xylara's discovery of a new culture. It's this that is written particularly well in these books - it is so easy to be confused by strange things from another person's culture and Xylara continually finds herself in unusual situations.Read more ›
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One of the best books I have ever read.. From the first page to the last.Published 12 months ago by gloria conway
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