Review: WarDance by Elizabeth Vaughan

Reviewed by Jen

It’s been a while since I read the original Warprize books, but I do remember that I enjoyed them very much. The first three centered on the Warlord Keir and his Warprize, Lara. A fourth book featured two side characters. This fifth one does as well. I remember that I always liked Simus. He was one of Keir’s Warriors; he was charming and larger than life. He is still a charmer here, but I feel like he has toned down a little as he takes the mantle as the hero of this story.

This book is a continuation of Warcry. Well, sort of. I’ve since learned that there was another Elizabeth Vaughan series woven into this world that plays in to the story as well. I didn’t read the Epic of Palin series, so there were a few holes in the story that I just had to gloss over and move past.

It was pretty easy to slip back into the world of the plains. It helped that Simus was such a charismatic guy. I also like Joden as well, so it made me want to keep reading about these two. I still don’t entirely understand what happened to the warrior priests, though. The best I can do is infer, and I don’t like that I’m not sure whether I should know these answers or not. You see, to me, this book was more about the changing ways of the plains people than the romance. I say this because the romance was weak at best. I liked the players well enough, but I absolutely did not buy in to their love.

Snowflake is a warrior priestess in training whose mentor sends her to be one of Simus’s warriors. She does not like or trust him at first, but as she spends more time with him, she grudgingly grows to see what all the fuss is about. All of the Warriors are leery of her. The warrior priests have not made the best reputation for themselves and no one really believes that they are trying to change. Anyway, she sparks Simus’s interest, which I believe, and he strikes hers. They dance around each other a little and then BAM! Insta-love. It was kind of a letdown.

So if you go into the story looking at it less as a romance had more as a fantasy you may enjoy it more. The character development is good. The world building is fascinating. I was interested in what was happening. I liked seeing the familiar faces like Keir and Lara. And I’m interested in seeing more from some of the side characters like Amyra and Joden. Sidenote: Joden plays a large part in the first half of the story and then straight up disappears. Not cool.

Vaughan sets the stage for even more story and a pretty cool ending. I just wish that reading all the books in this series would have been enough for me to know everything that was going on. I wish there were better romance development. Yet despite my complaints, I still enjoyed the book. I will read whatever comes next to see how it all ends.

Rating: B

*ARC provided by author

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WarDance
by Elizabeth Vaughan
Release Date: April 11, 2017

Comments

  1. Wonderful review!!! I enjoyed this book very much and can’t wait to read the upcoming novels. This series, the first three books, have been some of my most favorite of all. 😉

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