Review: Warlord by Elizabeth Vaughan

Warlord
(Chronicles of the Warlands #3)
by Elizabeth Vaughan
Publisher: Tor Paranormal Romance
Publication date: March 6, 2007
Genre: Fantasy Romance
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Lara of Xy and her Warlord, Keir of the Cat, have been through much together. Lara abandoned her lands and people for love of him. She adopted his ways and learned of his tribe. Together they have faced plague and insurgency — and despite these struggles, they have known happiness and joy.

Now they face their most arduous task: Keir must take Lara into the Heart of the Plains, and introduce her as the Warprize to the warrior-priests. She must be tested–questioned, examined, watched–and must find favor with the warrior-priests and the tribe’s elders before they will confirm her as a true Warprize.

But in Lara’s heart there are doubts–for what if she is found wanting? Will Keir give up everything he knows to be with his Warprize?

 

 

Wow. What a way to end a story. Even with a month or two reading break, and with little passion to actually read, this book brought everything rushing back to me. I was immediately thrust back into Lara’s world. Now granted, there’s more in store for this series, but we get a nice little ending for Keir and Lara. One that these two greatly deserve.

In this installment, Keir and Lara are almost to the Plains (where the tribes from Keir’s people meet up during the warmer months). He has to present her to the Elders of the tribes for them to decide if he truly has a Warprize or not. However, instead of your typical council, there’s a lot of hostility. It’s clear that there are a lot of people who are against Lara becoming a Warprize. They don’t understand her healer ways, they blame her and Keir for the plague that killed a lot of the men and women who fought under Keir’s campaign, and they just don’t trust her. Add onto that, that the Warprize has to be separated from the Warlord so that she can clear her mind (no stockholm syndrome here) and make the decision with zero influence on whether she wants to claim said Warlord, or perhaps choose another. Throughout a lot of the book, you were always wondering when and where the attack was going to come from.

A lot is revealed in this book and boy was I floored. I won’t go into details and ruin it for anyone who may be interested in reading these book. However, just know that a lot is built upon and reveled. Not to mention the author straight up guts you with a particular scene that had me reeling for CHAPTERS! In all honesty, I still don’t know if I’ve recovered from it and it’s been a month since I’ve read the book. So many feels are happening right now.

The first three books have been amazing. I have enjoyed every second of it, and as a whole… I LOVED their story. I really wish it would be turned into a movie. While the other books won’t particularly involve Lara and Keir, it will be about other members from their party. And ya know what? I can’t wait to read them! Bring it on!

 

Previous reviews from Chronicles of the Warlands
Waprize
Warsworn

 

 

 

 

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