"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
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.
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted February 18, 2006