Review: Warlord by Elizabeth Vaughan

warlordReviewed by Jen

Elizabeth Vaughan crafts a satisfying conclusion to her Chronicles of the Warlands trilogy, with this installment that brings the Warlord and his Warprize back to the Heart of the Plains.  This is definitely more engaging than the last book, though the original Warprize holds up as the strongest installment.  This is not a standalone –new readers need to start at the beginning of the series.

What I like about this book is that it gives Lara a chance to fight for her man. You see, we find out here that there is much Keir has kept to himself about what awaits them in his homeland. He and Lara must be separated, so other warlords have the chance to court her. And if that weren’t bad enough, she must stand trial before the Elders to see if she is a worthy Warprize.

It’s hard for Lara to be apart from Keir, but this really gives us a chance to see her adapt once again to a foreign environment. We get to see her weave her magic over new strangers and it reminded me why I liked her character so much in the beginning. In fact, it’s the fantastic character development across the board that really make these books so good. Yes, I cared about Lara and loved my her warlord, Keir.  I also loved Marcus and her relationship with him. I loved the return of Simus. And Iften makes for a great villain.

The worldbuilding continues to expand as we get our first look at the Plains.  We learn even more about the culture and, later, Lara’s impact on it. We slide a little more into the fantasy realm with a little bit of spirit culture, but it was a touching scene and made me cry a little.

The ending definitely gives a satisfying HEA, though not every single loose end is tied up. There is a fourth book in the series, though it doesn’t feature Keir and Lara as the main couple. I’ll probably still read it… just to get one more taste of this series I have enjoyed so much.

Would recommend this series to fans of fantasy romance.

PS — The sex gets a little steamier with each book. (*wink*)

Rating: B/B+

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Warlord
by Elizabeth Vaughan
Release Date: March 6, 2007
Publisher: Tor

Comments

  1. Loved reading your thoughts on this one. I also liked seeing Lara grow as a character, and you see more of her strength in this one. And the ending was just…awesome, but does the story really put you through some surprises. I haven’t read the fourth book yet, but planning to soon.

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