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. [Read more…]

Review: Warcry by Elizabeth Vaughan

warcryReviewed by Jen

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Elizabeth Vaughan changing the focus on this series from my beloved Keir and Lara to Heath and Atira.  Thankfully, the shift did not leave the royal couple behind. In fact, the Warlord and his Warprize get almost as much page time as the new featured couple.  To be fair, it does take away some from the main romance, but it also helps the book feel more like a continuation of the same story, rather than a spinoff.

This story picks up shortly after the events of Warlord.  It follows our characters as they journey from the Heart of the Plains back to Xy. Lara is 9 months pregnant and is facing some staunch political opposition from some of her detractors. She must take her place as queen and ensure the future of her child as her heir.  Heath is one of her strongest allies. He travels with her, both to help ease her transition back into power and to try to convince Atira to bond with him. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

Review: Warsworn by Elizabeth Vaughan

warswornReviewed by Jen

I didn’t love this book the way I loved Warprize.  But I did like it.  Overall, it maintains the tone and the feel of the original.  The worldbuilding is growing. The sex is a little steamier. The pacing, well, this isn’t really an action series.  It’s about choices the characters make –and their implications. In the first book, it was about Lara’s decision to become the Warprize and the effect that choice had on her people, the people of the Plains, and her new Warlord.  In this installment, it’s about Lara’s decision to try to save a town stricken by plague, and the ripple effect that choice creates. [Read more…]

Review: Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan

warprizeReviewed by Jen

I loved this book. If you enjoy fantasy romance –even a little– I would recommend it without hesitation.

This is a story about people. By that I mean, it’s not an epic fantasy. It’s not about complicated politics or really nuanced worldbuilding. It’s about Lara, a wonderfully drawn healer, and her journey of sacrifice, empathy, and evolution. It’s about her Warlord hero, her friends, and her new community –all created with depth and care; all rich with real personality and designed with an impact on her journey. And it’s about how she falls in love in a way that swept me off my feet and made me believe and cheer and swoon in equal measure. [Read more…]