Many years ago I belonged to a book club. Elizabeth Vaughan's book "Warprize" was selected as it was a fantasy romance and we tried to read all the genres. The consensus on the book by the group was that it was awesome and I was in total agreement.
Vaughan is back on the publishing scene now with "WarDance". You can jump right into this book even if you have never read anything else by Elizabeth.
This story is unique and the author will pull you in with the visual imagery. Ms. Vaughan quickly has you feeling like a camp member as you are brought into the inner workings and thoughts of the characters. The book starts during a time of change and renewal. Tensions are high after a mass event happens.
Our two main characters are Simus of the Hawk and Snowfall a warrior-priestess. Neither one trusts the other or the other tribes. But by the end these two will have to trust to survive the corruption on the Plains and within their own camps.
I loved how the author had the characters prove themselves through both combat and secrets. It didn't take me long to come to like both Simus and Snowfall. They are two brave and strong characters. They both have to prove their place in society.
WarDance mostly takes place on the Plains, but it also has some bits back in town. The author brought all the environments to life as well as the pain and love between the characters.
It's easy to see that the author has much more planned for the Chronicles of the Warlands series. I look forward to visiting again and seeing more of the fantasy lands of Elizabeth Vaughan.
Spring returns to the Plains, and with it, the Time of the Challenges, when warrior fights warrior in a contest for rank and status. For Simus of the Hawk, now is the time to raise his challenge banner, to fight for the chance to finally become Warlord.
But his deadliest challenge does not come from other warriors, or even the sundered Council of Elders. For on the first night of the Challenges, a mysterious and deadly pillar of white light scorches the night sky—instantly changing everything for the People of the Plains.
Now a warrior-priestess, Snowfall, stands before Simus, who dares to speak of peace, of reconciliation. Her knives are sharp, her tattoos alluring, and her cool grey eyes can look through Simus and see…everything.
Now Simus and Snowfall must solve the mystery of the pillar of white light, and protect their people from all the destruction and chaos it brings. Snowfall fights for her place beside Simus, despite resistance from friend and foe.
The warrior-priests have abused their power for many years. Can Simus face the challenge of trusting Snowfall with his honor? And perhaps . . . with his heart?