Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things--Ourea.
Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother's recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With no way out, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book's untamed power. Discovered by Ourea's royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict--a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn't trust anyone... but she's being hunted and can't survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn't know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.
Lichgates by S. M. Boyce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.
This was certainly an original story and that is one thing I look for in a good read. There were certainly influences from Narnia and LOTR but it was just that. Boyce has created a new world with new creatures, characters, and lands.
Kara, who has recently lost her mother, finds a lichgate while hiking in the woods that leads here to the land of Ourea. Here she finds the Grimoire and becomes the Vagabond. Kara is your typical college Sophmore dealing with not a typical amount of grief. Upon being thrown into Ourea she quickly learns to adapt and begins to find her way in this new world coming across both friends and enemies, and learning that not all is as it seems to be.
It took me a bit to get into this story, I think because there was so much going on that it was hard to get into the flow of it. But once I did, I really enjoyed it. I loved the description of the different kingdoms and the different races,as well as the animals she has encountered. The characters also seemed very brought to life and made flawed decisions as we all do. (Altho I never understoon Kara's aversion to dresses) The relationship between her and Braedon seemed more legit than in most YA romance. There is a spark between them but its not like they are rushing into it. Its more like they are trying to stop it. I'm curious to know what will happen with these two.
The bad guys in this are certainly true to form. They fit all the requirements of well made bad guys. And some of them are very conflicted, you can tell they are this way because they feel like its the right decision for their kingdoms.
Overall, it was a good read that I would recommend to anyone who loves a good fantasy tale. And I am certainly looking forward to the next in this series. I want to see more of Kara, Braedon, and Ourea.
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Author S.M. Boyce
International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.
S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.
Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.
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