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"The characters and events come alive"

Xylara is a princess who persuaded her father to allow her to be trained to become a healer. Fulfilling her oath as healer, Xylara treats both subjects and enemy warriors but must use her own funds to provide for the needs of the prisoners. While in market for these supplies, she meets a mysterious man. Little does she know that he is the Warlord Keir.

Her jealous half-brother became King upon her father's death and has lived with others criticism of his leadership. Now the Kingdom of Xy is attacked by the Warlord of the Firelanders. Warlord Keir offered to let him keep his kingdom in exchange for his half-sister Xylara.

Differences in language and culture as well as subterfuge of officials from both sides provide for various twists in the plot as the warlord and his warprize learn of each other personally and as leaders of their people.

Although I usually do not like stories in first-person, this tale is so well told that I did not notice my usual prejudice. Although there is no historical time period specified, WARPRIZE reads as an exceptional historical romance. The characters and events come alive.

This debut novel is part of TOR's new romance line and the sequel is not due until 2006 and I will be impatiently waiting to learn more of Keir and Xylara's life and love.

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Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted February 18, 2006

SUMMARY

**2005 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST OVERALL PARANORMAL**
**2005 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST FUTURISTIC ROMANCE**

SHE MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN HER PEOPLE AND HER FREEDOM...

Xylara is the Daughter of the Warrior King, Xyron. With her father dead and her incompetent half-brother on the throne, the kingdom is in danger of falling to the warring Firelanders. Before she was old enough for a marriage-of-alliance, Xylara was trained as a healer. She can't usurp her brother or negotiate a peace--but she can heal the brave ones injured in battle. But not only her countrymen are wounded, and Xylara's conscience won't let Firelander warriors die when she can do something to save them. She learns their language and their customs and tries to make them as comfortable as possible, despite their prisoner-of-war status. She never expects that these deeds, done in good faith, would lead to the handsome and mysterious Firelander Warlord demanding her in exchange for a cease-fire. Xylara knows she must trade the life she has always known for the well-being of her people, and so she becomes... The Warprize

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Warprize
(The Chronicles of the Warlands trilogy: Book 1)
by Elizabeth Vaughan

Tor Books
June 1, 2005
Available: May 31, 2005
ISBN #0765352648
EAN #9780765352644
336 pages
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