Chronicles of the Warlands, #4

Warcry by Elizabeth Vaughan takes the reader on a journey through a fantasy world unlike many that are out there. A thrilling ride from beginning to end, one filled with romance and humor, adventure and even a bit of intrigue, Warcry is a wonderful fantasy book, and one that this reader will be reading again very soon.

Warcry continues the romantic story of the Warprize and the Warlord (Lara and Keir), showing how the differences in their two cultures may pose a problem for not only themselves but their unborn child as well. In between continuing their sweet story, Vaughan also adds in a new budding romance, that of Heath and Atria; one is from the Kingdom of Xy while the other is a member of the Plains people. These are two very different people from two different parts of this fantasy world. Their relationship is not simple, nor easy, but if the two can work on it together then perhaps a happily-ever-after is in their future after all.

This is the perfect book for anyone who enjoys a good fantasy romance series. However, it seems that this book would make more sense, and be more enjoyable overall, if the reader first picks up the previous books in the series. I did not have this option as the books were currently out of print (though this year they are all being reprinted), and none of my libraries had the books either. While I thoroughly enjoyed Warcry, I do wish I had been able to read the other books first. Obviously they are now on the top of my wish list.

4.5 Stars! With a book as complex and rich as Warcry, it is difficult to write a review that even begins to give it justice. It's romantic and witty, with a storyline that has more to it than just a man meeting the woman he wants for life, Warcry is one of the best fantasy romance novels I've read in years, and one that is part of a series that looks just as promising. If you've never read one of Vaughan's books before, I would highly suggest starting with this series.

Book Blurb for Warcry

All is not well in Xy. There is a faction of nobles who are plotting against the Queen and her barbarian warlord. As cultures clash and tempers flare, Heath and the fierce Plains warrior woman Atira of the Bear must come together to fight the conspiracy... and to search their hearts for something deeper than raw passion.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2011 4.50