Xylara "Lara" is daughter of the late Warrior King Xyron. As such, Lara always knew her fate was a political alliance marriage. Still, Lara's interest has always been healing. Therefore, she grew up and became a Master Healer. Lara treats her people, as well as the prisoners of war. To a Healer, it did not matter if the patient is friend or foe, only that he needs wounds treated. Her half-brother, Xymund, sits on the throne and rules the Kingdom of Xy, but does not do a good job of it. The warring "Firelanders" would soon conquer Xy.
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.