(from our DIK review) I haven’t had the best of luck with Tor’s new Romantic Fantasy line, and when I picked up Warprize, I admit my expectations were low. My expectations sunk lower when I learned that the heroine is named Xylara, princess of the land of Xy – that sounds really cheesy, doesn’t it? However, it was not long before I found myself totally engrossed in this book. Warprize is not deep and it’s not perfect, but it is the most entertaining book I’ve read all year. Xylara (or Lara, as everyone calls her, to my relief) is the first-person narrator. Her country is at war. A terrifying army of horseback barbarians who call themselves the People of the Plains has invaded. Lara’s half-brother King Xymund is an ineffectual leader, and the enemy surrounds the capital city. Lara has bucked royal tradition to become a healer; she divides her time between nursing the wounded of her own side, and nursing the enemy wounded in the prisoner-of-war camp on the castle grounds. Xymund would just as soon let these prisoners die, in spite of his promise to treat enemy wounded with honor, so Lara’s tending of their wounds is an act of open defiance. This comes to the attention of the Plains Warlord, a handsome blue-eyed man named Keir. When he goes to Xymund to demand surrender, Keir also demands tribute: Lara will become his warprize.
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