Chronicles of the Warlands #1
“Want to know the best part of being a warlord?” Keir’s mouth curled up slowly into a smile. “I always get what I want.”
A mighty Warlord, Keir has conquered the people of Xy and he’ll leave them in peace if their King swears fealty to him and gives over Lara (the Kings’s half-sister) as a Warprize. Keir is used to getting what he wants and leading his people. A Master Healer in the kingdom, Lara likes a more simple life without the struggles of holding power. She’s willing to do anything to protect her people, even give herself to the Warlord as a slave and leave everything she knows behind.
I loved this book and it’s one of my old favorites that I pull out every once in awhile. The world building is really interesting with the differences between the the people of Xy and the people of the Plains (Firelanders). I found Keir and his people to be fascinating and I loved seeing all the differences between the two cultures and how they learned to communicate and interact with each other.
Keir the Warlord was a wonderful treat in this book. He had all the Alpha-ness you want but was still a great character who doesn’t act overly cocky. He truly grows as a character in the book and his wooing of Lara was so sweet. I prefer dual POV’s because I would really have killed to know what was going through Keir’s head during this book.
Lara’s spunk and feisty personality was the perfect match for Keir. Even when she believes she holds no status, she’s not afraid to stand up to Keir and begin acting as a healer in the camp. She’s a truly compassionate woman but she’s not a push over. Watching these two spark off each other was great. It’s a little silly that Lara didn’t realize her true status sooner considering how much leeway she had in camp and how Keir treated her.
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 must trade the life she has always known for the well-being of her people, and so she becomes…The Warprize.
Published by Berkley on March 3, 2011