WarDance by Elizabeth Vaughan

WarDance

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 n...

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WarDance Reviews

  • Corina
    Mar 27, 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 romanc

    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!!!

    4.5 stars

    ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Laura (Kyahgirl)
    Apr 06, 2017

    3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

    This book is coming out next week and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to read an advance copy. I really enjoyed it.

    The Warlands books have long been a favorite series of mine. This author is not cranking out books at a furious rate so if you are one of those people who is going to stomp their foot because the next one isn't coming fast enough well, you'll have to learn some patience.

    That being said, every book I've read in the series has been a welcome addition. This

    3.5/5; 4 stars; B+

    This book is coming out next week and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to read an advance copy. I really enjoyed it.

    The Warlands books have long been a favorite series of mine. This author is not cranking out books at a furious rate so if you are one of those people who is going to stomp their foot because the next one isn't coming fast enough well, you'll have to learn some patience.

    That being said, every book I've read in the series has been a welcome addition. This book doesn't have the breathtaking scope of some of those I've read before but its a fantastic follow up to

    and

    For people who are new to the series I think it would be hard to get engaged with but for those of us who have read the previous books, this is an interesting part of the changing landscape of the plains and Xy. This book has one of my favorite character, Simus, in the spotlight, along with a woman who manages to knock him off his pins. It also does a pretty good job clarifying the devastating changes that have happened with the Warrior Priests since the end of Destiny's Star.

    The mystery of the flying monsters who showed up in Xy at the end of Warcry is expanded upon but there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

    All in all, this was a really enjoyable read. I am getting to the point with this series that I think the end should be coming within another book or two. Events set in motion back in

    are still moving forward. I am looking forward to learning how Keir and Lara fare, along with the 'Firelanders' and maybe some of the characters from Palins, such as Bethral and Ezren Storyteller.

  • Katie(babs)
    Mar 19, 2017

    Elizabeth Vaughan is one of my all time favorite authors. Her first three books from the Chronicles of the Warlands– Warprize, Warsworn, and Warlord are on my keeper shelf, and books I re-read almost every year. The last time Elizabeth published was 2011. I’ve waited years for her next Warlands book, and was doing the Snoopy Dance when I heard she would self-published Wardance.

    Wardance features, Simus, the larger than life character who made quite an impression in the original trilogy. He’s bras

    Elizabeth Vaughan is one of my all time favorite authors. Her first three books from the Chronicles of the Warlands– Warprize, Warsworn, and Warlord are on my keeper shelf, and books I re-read almost every year. The last time Elizabeth published was 2011. I’ve waited years for her next Warlands book, and was doing the Snoopy Dance when I heard she would self-published Wardance.

    Wardance features, Simus, the larger than life character who made quite an impression in the original trilogy. He’s brash, bold, hilarious, strong, and a true warrior, the ultimate warlord like Keir, the hero of the original trilogy who still makes me swoon. Simus is also not your typical type of hero. He’s not drop dead gorgeous, he’s large and broad, and very dark and fierce. But he’s also a big teddy bear who has an ego, but also is very loyal to his friends and fellow warriors he would help defend. Wardance is his story, and how he comes into his own as a leader. The romance is a side story, and possibly the weakest here. Snowfall is a worthy partner for Simus, but because Simus has such an engaging personality, Snowfall is pushed into the background. Also because of the insta-love/lust from Simus toward Snowfall, and their separation for more than half the novel, their relationship and chemistry, which leads to “I love you” too quickly and fast is a bit of a downer. But since Wardance isn’t a “romance”, you will forgive Elizabeth for the tepid romance of Simus and Snowfall because everything else here s so rich.

    Readers can’t read Wardance without reading the first three books of their series. You’ll be lost if you do because old characters from past books appear. To understand Simus, you must read these past books to fully understand his motivations and the world he inhabits. Wardance takes place a year or two after the events of Warprize. Simus has returned home to his people and the Heart of the Plains to become a true warlord. He must fight others for the title, and could die as a result. As he trains, he comes in contact with Snowfall, a warrior-priestess who has powers of invisibility. Simus doesn’t have a high opinion of warrior priests because they are set in their ways and refuse to accept the future and progress that is coming. When Simus and his fellow warriors return to the heart of the plains, a catastrophic disaster occurs. On top of this, a new threat emerges in the form of man eating monster like dragons that attack any living thing. Not only are Simus and his people at a loss on how to defeat these creatures, but Xy as well, the city Keir, Simus’s Warlord took over, and married Lara, the ruler there.

    Prior to these dragon monsters attacking, Simus and Snowfall establish a relationship and bond, which transforms into love. But their road to happily ever after is full of danger and possible horrors, not only from the dragon monsters, but from their own people who may want to destroy Simus, as well as Keir and Lara.

    Wardance is a colorful tale with magic and fantasy. The story building is incredible, as is always the case with Elizabeth and this series. Simus is a joy to read, although his personality is a bit toned down. His attraction to Snowfall is powerful, but I felt their relationship was rushed. Their love for one another is too swift, and because of that, I was a bit disappointed in the outcome of their bond.

    There are some surprises here, especially with the ending that’s a cliffhanger and has introduced two new characters that will have you anxious to see how their relationship evolves. The word “warprize” is invoked, which leads me to believe the next book will be about these two, much like Keir and Lara. But there is a big twist because it involves two characters of the same gender. If that’s the case, I can’t wait to see what happens.

    Wardance is another thrilling installment to this series that I can’t get enough of. I hope the next book is published sooner than later so I can continue to submerge myself in the wonderful world of the Warlands the talented Elizabeth Vaughan has created.

  • Cy
    Mar 17, 2017

    Actually, after reading WARDANCE, I reread the entire Chronicles of the Warlands series to appreciate the characters and culture. Although a lot of back stories and information is written within the book so you will understand, I recommend reading at least DESTINY'S STAR to fully grasp the Sacrifice and hatred of the Warrior-Priests but the culture of the Plains needs reading the whole series.

    Warrior-Priests block all coming from entering the Heart, but Simus begins the spring Warlord rituals at

    Actually, after reading WARDANCE, I reread the entire Chronicles of the Warlands series to appreciate the characters and culture. Although a lot of back stories and information is written within the book so you will understand, I recommend reading at least DESTINY'S STAR to fully grasp the Sacrifice and hatred of the Warrior-Priests but the culture of the Plains needs reading the whole series.

    Warrior-Priests block all coming from entering the Heart, but Simus begins the spring Warlord rituals at their camp stating he supports Keir's vision of the future of the Plains. They are awakened when a pillar of light shoots to the sky and the ripples of magic are seen and felt by all. When they travel to the Heart to see what happened they find most of the warrior-priests dead and Eldest Elder Wild Winds has been changed. After telling Simus the events of the night, Wild Winds takes his apprentices away from the heart for their safety.

    Snowfall, Wild Winds' apprentice, is released from his service and sent to challenge to be Simus’ token-bearer and to win back the trust of Warrior-Priests as part of the Plains Council.

    This is mainly the story of Simus and Snowfall's courtship and challenges found in the Plains and Xy. The story flows between the Plains and Xy with humor and sadness, tension and suspense and resistance from friend and foe. Side stories set up for future books as is common in Sci-Fi series, but the story of Simus and Snowfall reaches a satisfactory HEA. I REALLY, REALLY hope I don't want to wait for the next book in the series as long as I waited for WARDANCE as this series is part of my KEEPER shelf.

    ARC was given by author because I begged her for the next book when it came out. She did not disappoint in courtesy to a fan as well as a story worth waiting for!

  • Marta Cox
    Mar 30, 2017

    I cannot describe my joy when I realised this book was being published. My first foray several years ago into fantasy started with the amazing Warprize and I confess those first three books in the Chronicles of the Warlands completely blew me away. The world building, the ideologies and of course the heart stopping romance. There have been a couple of books since then but with this story the author brings the action right back to where it all began on the Plains inhabited by the fierce Firelande

    I cannot describe my joy when I realised this book was being published. My first foray several years ago into fantasy started with the amazing Warprize and I confess those first three books in the Chronicles of the Warlands completely blew me away. The world building, the ideologies and of course the heart stopping romance. There have been a couple of books since then but with this story the author brings the action right back to where it all began on the Plains inhabited by the fierce Firelanders.

    Simus first caught my eye in the original books and in this story he is fighting to become a Warlord himself. He's as arrogant and bull headed as ever but his mission to help connect his people with those of Xy means everything. The Warrior Priests are divided and unfortunately as this book begins they have betrayed the lands that home them and a terrible pulse of light changes their world realeasing the magics that for so long have been abused. Yet a trainee Warrior Priest is sent to get close to Simus and Snowfall has her work cut out getting the Warriors to trust one such as her. The factions within the camps fight to prove themselves and many distrust the new ways that Simus is pushing for. Something about Snowfall calls to Simus but as much as he wants to pursue her it's the trials that take up his time and Simus has to reign in his exuberance and focus on what's happening around him.

    I loved coming back to this world and although I missed Keir ( who was totally the bees knees!) I thought Simus made a very convincing hero. He's loud, loves life, impulsive and yet decisive when called for. Snowfall is completely his opposite. She is controlled, disciplined , cool and very calm under pressure but there's a strength to her that I really wanted to see more of. I think that's partly why I feel a tad let down as the romance between them felt rushed and honestly Snowfall felt pushed aside and ignored as a character for a large portion of this book. Yet I understand the author has penned a fantasy story and not just a romance although after the passion between Kier and Lara in the original trilogy I was hoping for something similar .

    Wardance continues the arc that the author has created as those of the Plains who always raid are now facing a dilemma as new possibilities raise their heads. Following the old ways has always been a given but times are changing and blind prejudice might see the Firelanders losing everything they have. What has been released could be catastrophic and it's clear only cooperation will save these courageous yet blinkered people . This amazing world continues to build and I'm particularly enjoying watching the side characters that pop up and wondering just how their actions will impact the overall story. Hopefully I've given few spoilers as its a book that truly is spellbinding and there's now so much more to look forward to. I implore you though if you haven't already started this series go back to the beginning as its such an incredible body of work and you definitely won't regret it.

    This is a voluntary review of a copy gifted to me and my comments are my honest opinion

  • Audrey
    Apr 17, 2017

    And hopefully there will be more to come.

    We stopped in the last book, of the chronicles of warlands, in Xy, with Heath's and (I have a blank for her name suddenly...) point of views.

    Lara has given birth to twins, a boy and a girl, and with the help of many supporters counteracted the plans of some Lords to overthrow her and Keir, respectively as queen and overlord.

    But while a golden light spear shoot to the sky from the heart of the plains, a giant flyi

    And hopefully there will be more to come.

    We stopped in the last book, of the chronicles of warlands, in Xy, with Heath's and (I have a blank for her name suddenly...) point of views.

    Lara has given birth to twins, a boy and a girl, and with the help of many supporters counteracted the plans of some Lords to overthrow her and Keir, respectively as queen and overlord.

    But while a golden light spear shoot to the sky from the heart of the plains, a giant flying lézard 🦎 terrified Xy. And this one is not alone.

    The wyverns are back and not only happy to kill in Xy, there is a big chance they have also their sight on the plains.

    The plains, where we're heading for most of the book, with Simus as pov.

    He is competing for warlord position for the next season of raids.

    He is still loyal to Keir's idea and planned to direct his futur army to Xy and his bordures to help guard the kingdom of any raids, and in the idea to mingle their people.

    But changes are difficult to swallow for some people.

    Warrior-priests and dissidents are hard plotting around the vast Plains.

    I'm giving it 5 stars because I cannot put 4.5. But why 4.5 because there was some mistakes in the book that troubled me.

    But at two or three moments I had to reread some passages because i felt like I missed something.

    I'm still not sure to have well understood what was the sacrifice, and what and/or who it entailed.

    An other exemple, Faela, second of a warlord is running from a danger in the heart of the plain (I can't explain, it's a spoiler otherwise), and the character is described as being a female warrior running away, then few lignes later, a character refer to her as a he, a male warrior... it is not the only mistakes I underlined, but it just annoyed me at that time. Devil is in the details in a book for me.

    For the warlord Ultie, at the beginning he is of the snake tribe, then few chapters later, he is of the needle-rats!

    Those details put me off course in my reading.

    It was nonetheless a pleasure to read about those secondary characters and to rediscover them and their antics and personalities, but also to discover new ones, that are very well rooted in the story.

    It was also at last very nice to read about the challenges a warrior as to go through to get a warlord position, after all Keir at the end of "warlord" book 3 is stripped of his title and consequently saw his plans to bring changes to the way of the plains, and his ambition to be warking delayed.

    It also brings a light onto the warrior-priests cast and what happened in the heart of the plains with the spear of light.

    New unexpected or I should say unseen changes for all the characters are brewing all around their world. Xy and the plains are not yet safe of changes and these in form of gruesome flying beats, or people curses or newly blessed by the elements...

    But the futur seems nonetheless very exciting, what about new power developing for some characters, mythical yet still hidden creatures... and very frightening, with probably more and more bloodshed and treason. I feel sometimes that everybody is suspect...

    I didn't expect this book to be this bloodthirsty... and to see so many characters dying... I'm not sure how I still feel about that.

    But what's for certain with Mrs Vaughan, everything is possible. She is a great writer and never missed to give me an emotional fantastical ride with this series.

    I can't wait to read what's she has in store for Keir, Lara, Simus, Joden...Marcus... and more. Hopefully the elements would be favorable!

    This book brings new questions...

    Impatient for the next.


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