Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Saga by S.M. Boyce


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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.
Book One of the Grimoire Saga starts out fast enough: Kara, seeking solitude after the death of her mother, enjoys hiking in the wilderness alone. Being in the outdoors is what they did together and nature soothes her. Her hike quickly turns her world upside down as she discovers a secret passage through the Lichgates. Literally into another world.

Little does she know that what she has now become, a Vagabond and ruler of a powerful book, is something that her supposed guardian has been searching for - for twelve years. I loved this story. The author transported me into another world, and I felt I was with Kara. And while I really liked Kara and her very quick thinking at times, I so felt for Braeden and his incomplete journey to the Grimoire.

Lichgates was fast paced and well-written for a fantasy tale. It is difficult to describe another world but Boyce does it smoothly. This is a series, and Lichgates is book one. There are four books in the series: Lichgates; Treason; Heritage (soon to be published); and Illusion (anticipated in 2014). If all the books bring the characters to life as the first one, this will be a great series to collect.


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Disclosure book was provided by the author and any opinions are my own. This book was part of an ABG Reads Author Services Book Tour.