Book Review – WarDance (Chronicles of the Warlands #5) by Elizabeth Vaughan

AMAZING  – THRILLING – CAPTIVATING

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?

Expected publication: April 2017

I feel like I have not enough words to describe how I feel about this book!!

But let’s start at the beginning.

I think it must have been 10 years ago when I was first introduced to the Chronicles of the Warlands (Warprize, Warsworn and Warlord) by Elizabeth Vaughan. At that time it was my first foray into romance fantasy and I was HOOKED!!!

I don’t think I could have read a better fantasy romance trilogy to start with.

I had never read ANYTHING similar like this trilogy before. A high fantasy romance about a strong female lead and the warlord who captured her. I was so enamored with this series that I read it again and again throughout the years, now I own the ebooks as well.:D

I adored the idea of being literarily swept away by a foreign and conquering warlord.

I was so sad to see the trilogy come to an end.  The author wrote a 4th book years later but it still seemed not to be enough. I wanted and needed MORE.

Imagine how I felt when I found out that she wrote another book and it was coming out within weeks of me finding out about it. After so many years of waiting and hoping I was finally being rewarded for my patience.:D I was more than ecstatic. It was like Christmas and my birthday combined.

Just a fair warning I would NOT recommend jumping into this book without having read books 1-4. WarDance is a continuing of book 4 – Warcry. BUT I can only recommend everyone interested in fantasy romance to give this series a try.

WarDance was AMAZING!!!

Book 1-3 was about Lara of Xy and her Warlord, Keir of the Cat.

Book 4 was about Heath of Xy and Atira of the Bear.  

Book 5 (WarDance) is about Simus of the Hawk and a warrior-priestess named Snowfall.

Siemus had been Warlord Keir of the Cat’s second in command until it was time to become Warlord himself. To become Warlord, Siemus had to go through trials to show his strength and worthiness to lead his people.

But before any of that could happen, an event occurred that changed EVERYTHING!!

A blinding white column raced up to the sky, unleashed magic that hadn’t been seen in ages, and changed the status quo in one blink of an eye.

Nobody knew what exactly happened, what it meant, what the future held, or what changes it would bring.

All Siemus knew was that he would go on and help Kier bring positive change to his people. He was well versed in adapting and changing traditions since he was part of Kier’s army. He took it with stride and forged on.

Snowfall, on the other hand was thrust into a situation that she did not see coming and had no control over her part in this upcoming trail. Suddenly she was pledged to Siemus, working closely with him, and forced to see a man that did not match her image of him.

As a warrior priestess she was feared and mistrust. Her tribe’s ability to use magic was something that separated and isolated them from the rest of the people.

Siemus and Snowfall couldn’t have been more different. He was joyous, the life of a party, easy to laugh with, fun to be around. She was reserved, guarded, and kept her emotions and expressions to a minimum.

But they started to trust each other, and working so closely together their attraction simmered until it burned as brightly as the sun.

For me Seimus and Snowfall were perfect for each other. Their romance was a slow burn. It was the heart of the story, guiding, leading but not taking over.

WarDance was more than a love story. It was the continuing of a plot that turned out to be bigger than I could have imagined. 

So many more questions need answering, and the ending of WarDance was a clear sign that more was to come. Seimus and Snowfall’s journey might not be done yet.

I thought Elizabeth Vaughan did a PHENOMENAL job writing this book. I had NO idea where this book was going. I was more than pleased to learn that the Chronicles of the Warlands were far from over. And it felt WarDance was just the beginning of an even bigger story to come. Which made me HAPPY!!!

ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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