Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Saga

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"The writing is flawless. The kingdoms and surrounding landscapes breathtaking. The Grimoire is a piece of imaginative genius that bedazzles from the moment Kara falls into the land of Ourea.
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Overview

"The writing is flawless. The kingdoms and surrounding landscapes breathtaking. The Grimoire is a piece of imaginative genius that bedazzles from the moment Kara falls into the land of Ourea.
-Nikki Jefford, author of the Spellbound Trilogy

Spring 2013 Amazon Rankings
#6 Kindle Store | #1 Science Fiction & Fantasy | #1 Epic Fantasy | #1 Sword & Sorcery | #1 Teens

Fans of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Eragon will enjoy this contemporary remix of the classic epic fantasy genre.
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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 nothing to do, 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.

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Novels in the Grimoire Saga

Lichgates (#1)
Treason (#2)
Heritage (#3) - Available Fall 2013
Illusion (#4) - Available Fall 2014

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Editorial Reviews

Rebecca Hamilton - author of the Forever Girl series
"This would make a great movie. A great book. A great TV show. Great everything. I mean, Boyce sells it at the concept, but she doesn't stop there. She delivers."
Thomas Winship - author of the Vaempires: Revolution series
"Boyce's storytelling is so rich and deftly executed that I found myself bouncing between pure amazement, unadulterated enjoyment, and absolute, perverse envy. She is that good."
Nikki Jefford - author of the Spellbound Trilogy
"The writing is flawless. The kingdoms and surrounding landscapes breathtaking. The Grimoire is a piece of imaginative genius that bedazzles from the moment Kara falls into the land of Ourea."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939997067
  • Publisher: Caffeinated Books Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 10/15/2011
  • Series: Grimoire Saga , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

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 fiction 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.

Learn more at smboyce.com

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    Review - The Grimoire: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

    The Grimoire: Lichgates is the first book in The Grimoire Trilogy. In this first book the author, S.M. Boyce, throws Kara (the main character) and the reader into an entirely new work called Ourea. To get to this world, Lichgates are necessary. They are portals linking our world to the dangerous, yet beautiful, kingdoms of Ourea. They are scattered all over both worlds and it is through one of them in the Rocky Mountains that Kara stumbles.

    Upon falling into an underground library, Kara finds waiting for her an old red leather book. The book is very magical. On it is a necklace with a pendant that looks like four crescent moons configured in the shape of a four-leaf clover. This book is so magical that there are blank pages throughout, but when asked the right questions the pages flip to sections and words appear with an answer.

    This book is one of Kara’s only defenses against what lies in wait for her in Ourea. Upon opening the book, she has become the center of every kingdom’s focus; she is the Vagabond. Her purpose in this strange world is to reunite the four kingdoms in peace, fulfilling the goal of the first Vagabond who died a thousand years before.

    This concept really caught me from the beginning. Like I said I was hooked from reading the first chapter alone. It takes a lot to do that with most books. Part of what kept me reading was the fact that this book doesn’t wait to get the reader into the action. There is no lead in chapters, no foreshadowing, no mercy. Kara is hiking one minute and in Ourea fighting for her life the next. Every time throughout the book it seems that there will be some time to relax (for the characters and readers alike) something happens. It’s almost impossible to put this book down. Lucky for me I was able to force the book down, which allowed me to savor every experience it held; there are many.

    I loved many elements of this book. First off, the setting made me want to visit Ourea. I know this is impossible (not only because it’s not a real place) because if I went there, I’d most likely die (more on that soon.) Ourea is like the worlds of most fantastical stories. It has its beautiful landscapes, luxurious castles, and even a dreary kingdom no one wants to acknowledge. Its landscapes include forests, a kingdom nestled on top of a vertigo inducing multi mile high cliff, and even a kingdom found in a magical dome on the bottom of an ocean guarded by sharks. And it’s not just the places themselves that I fell in love with, it’s the way Boyce’s words describe them. I can’t do it justice in my own words, you’ll have to take my word for it or read the book. Her words paint a picture of every aspect allowing the reader to soak in the images.

    The characters Kara encounters are very hard to figure out. This helps the story be what it is more than anything else. The Grimoire from the beginning warns Kara that she can’t trust anyone in Ourea. A lot of the times it seems like the characters can be figured out and trusted, but then there’s either a subtle or drastic hint to the contrary. As a reader I was always jumping to conclusions about a character only to change my opinion soon after. I’m still waiting for a character to make a turn for the worse, but we’ll see if that happens.

    To wrap this up, The Grimoire: Lichgates is on my top five favorite books I have read this year and possibly in recent years. The only problem that I had with it is that I didn’t have the next book to read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    A++

    If you are looking for a fantastic read, filled with fantasy, romance, and a sexy lead then this is a book for you! The book caught my attention and kept hold of it until the very end. The characters are well developed,the world is hypnotizing, and the plot is captivating. I can't wait for the next installment!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    The best kind of torture!!!

    I enjoyed every page of this book and wish I had read slower and made it last longer. To say the world S.M. Boyce has created is minus the typical elves, orcs, wizards and usual races you find in the average fantasy novel, is an understatement. She has taken the fantasy snow globe and shaken it beyond recognition. The races themselves are stunning, every being you meet leaves you wanting to know more about them. There is nothing typical or average about this book? Is it fall 2012 yet? No? Well i guess I will have to reread this until the next one comes out. This is a series to take seriously.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Fantastic world

    This was a really fun read! Plenty of action and magic. The world itself was probably the coolest part. The author is clearly developing an expansive world for a series. I cant wait to see more of it in later books!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Boyce sells it at the concept, but she doesn┬┐t stop there.

    I adored LICHGATES. It’s not my usual read, but Boyce is an exceptional writer with a very clever, POW story to tell. This would make a great movie. A great book. A great TV show. Great everything. I mean, Boyce sells it at the concept, but she doesn’t stop there. She delivers. I feel like there’s nothing I can say to do justice to this story. It’s just a neat adventure!



    EMOTION
    Ms. Boyce has some SERIOUS skill in making the reader FEEL for the character. Very powerful indeed. You do not often get emotion like this in genre fiction; in fact, I cannot remember the last time I felt this way while reading a genre novel.


    VOICE
    Easily accessible and at times just purely poetic, beautiful, and clever! It’s not flashy or overdone, nor is it simplistic to the point of being dull.


    CHARACTERS
    I really, REALLY, *adore* Kara. She’s complex, believable, strong, kind, intelligent. But she’s not *perfect* or obsessed over in a love-interest way by everyone in the novel. Plus, the emotion in this girl! I think she might be stronger than me because I cried for her more often than she cried for herself—and that just goes to show how clever SM Boyce is when it comes to writing emotion and being in tune with her characters.



    Then there was Braeden. I really came to love his personality and complexities. He had me laughing out loud even more than Kara! And, of course, you’re rooting for him and Kara to get together. I’m betting the romance between Kara and Braeden will turn into something EPIC over the course of the rest of the series.



    Regarding the First Vagabond: All I can say is the Vagabond has the best “voice” in the book and he made me laugh several times as well. If I could “do” anyone in this book, it’d be the first vagabond… LOL



    As for the secondary characters, I REALLY loved the lore of the isen (not saying more than that. You’ll have to read to find out. It’s SO original and SO SO SO cool that I’d love a book that focuses just on this species!).



    THEME
    There are lots of delicious themes here. Fate versus free will. The consequences of our decisions. The power of self sacrifice. War against peace. Hiding your true self and so much more.


    DIALOGUE
    The dialogue is KICK ASS! My only complaint would be that Boyce didn’t have MORE dialogue. She’s so so so good at it. It’s natural, it flows, it feels real. Gah. Really. Can’t say enough good things about her dialogue. Her dialogue scenes totally swept me off my feet and made me forget I was reading. Can I change the rules and give this category 6 stars? Really, the dialogue was THAT good. Only better.


    SETTING
    Readers of this genre will ADORE the highly-detailed descriptions of setting in this novel. And if you don’t like long descriptions, the good news is that Boyce doesn’t trick you by sneaking it in all over the place. She sets the scene, then moves on with the action. So if you aren’t big into setting, you can easily just breeze over those passages and get on with it.


    THE ENDING
    I thought that ending was thematic and really a good hook for book 2 while still giving closure to this chapter in Kara’s adventure. OH and the EPILOGE. Good Grief! That really did me in. LOVED it! EEP! SQUEE! EEEK! AHHHHH! Yeah. It’s that good.



    If I loved Lichgates this much (being outside the usual audience - this is NOT my usual genre), I don’t see how a fan of the genre couldn’t want to marry this book. Seriously. Buy it. Say “I do”. And wi

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    Epic Fantasy at its finest!

    Anybody who has ever met me knows that what I like about books are characters. I still like plot-driven books, but I really enjoy well-rounded characters with some complexity.
    S. M. Boyce has succeeded, in the best of ways, to create a complex, mysterious world that is peopled by complex characters that pop off the page and spark. The main character, Kara, is a young woman who stumbles on a hidden world, through a gate that separates our world from the world of Ourea. There she finds out that she has a destiny that she never knew. The adventures that happen to her are both exciting and , at times, harrowing and dark.
    This story is an exciting, epic fantasy that will draw you in with its complexity, and with warm you with its humor. If you are looking for a fantasy novel, the first part of a trilogy, that is different from the rest, S. M. Boyce has created that world. If you have been looking for a story with characters that feel so real they could be your friends, S. M. Boyce has created those characters
    Ms. Boyce is so creative that you will wish you could have just an ounce of it for yourself. She is not done here. She’s just getting started. The finish of this book made me wish she was done with one of the others. (I’m desperate,Ms. Boyce! Hook me up! )
    Do yourself a favor and buy this book. If you like epic fantasy, I would recommend this book with 6 stars. Unfortunately I can only give it five.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Read the series. The best I can say is few grammar errors. This

    Read the series. The best I can say is few grammar errors. This author needs to hire an editor. It seems the books are so light on details that the story could be told as effectively by removing one third of the well flowing fluff between plot points. The style is wjat I would call typical, with exception of course, of authors that abbreviate their name.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Tedious, boring, dragged on and on. I couldn't even finish the b

    Tedious, boring, dragged on and on. I couldn't even finish the book. I thought it would be a decent story from all the high ratings, but after trudging through half this tedious book, I suspect the four and five star ratings are all the author's friends or family.
    Don't bother with this book. It's not worth the time.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    In her debut fantasy novel, The Grimoire: Lichgates, S.M. Boyce

    In her debut fantasy novel, The Grimoire: Lichgates, S.M. Boyce successfully engages the reader in a wonderful yet at time terrifying new world, Ourea. Kara Magari has no idea of the journey she faces when she first discovers a magical book that transports her to Ourea. After losing her mother, Kara must deal with the fact that her father (and everything else she’s known and loved) is gone as well. Throughout her adventures in Ourea, Kara meets quite the cast of characters, some who are delighted that there is now a new Vagabond (Kara), and others not so much, but all of which seem to have an agenda of their own.

    Boyce does such a wonderful job at creating a world that at times I forgot it wasn’t real. While reading, I began to understand the culture, the politics, and even in some ways the very magical essence of Ourea. And while I wouldn’t want to take on the new responsibilities Kara must deal with, at times I was definitely envious of her chance to see some of the beautiful sights that this world bestowed. There were only a few times where I would get lost in the details and descriptions, though I’ll admit this may be more to do with staying up way past my bedtime to see what happened next, rather than due to any flaw in the writing.

    The dialogue between the characters is often witty and the banter between Kara and Braeden made me laugh many times. The only time the dialogue ever seemed awkward or forced, was when it fit the situation which made the scenes all the more realistic.

    The only complaint that I had upon finishing the novel was that it simply wasn’t long enough. I wanted more and am eagerly looking forward to the next two books. In the mean time, I intend to read Lichgates at least once or twice more!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Kara is living a relatively normal life. She is dealing with som

    Kara is living a relatively normal life. She is dealing with some things, but overall she's ok. Well, that is until one day when she's wandering through the woods. She stumbles into a random cave and finds an old book. That talks to her. Kara soon finds herself in an entirely different world, known as Ourea. Traveling to a new world is not without it's perils, and Kara is very quickly caught up in things she doesn't even understand. Being declared the new "Vagabond," Kara must use skills old and new to try and keep Ourea from falling apart. With her grimoire and a handsome prince at her side, Kara will take on some amazing new challenges while discovering her place in this new world.

    I found this book a bit hard to get into, because I felt like I had just been dropped into the middle of something at the beginning. I didn't quite get what was going on, and things just felt a little choppy. Once I got settled into the story though, things became much smoother. By the end of the book I was not ready for it to end. Kara was definitely someone I could relate to. She was thrown into this new world and new role, and she took it rather well. Having someone to discover Ourea with helped to increase my understanding of this new place. Braeden was also very cool. He's more than just your average royal. He has layers and some very interesting issues he has to deal with.

    There is so much creativity in this book. The world and the peoples who populate it are unique and original. I almost feel like there could be a whole book on just the history and politics of Ourea. They have a lot going on. Visiting the different realms with Kara was fascinating as well. There are also new creatures to discover, and of course there's a lot of magic. All of these elements combine together to make a very interesting book. The end sets up for the next book perfectly. It has a clear ending, but it leaves things open enough that you want to come back and learn more. Fans of fantasy will definitely find tons to enjoy in this book, so be sure to check it out.

    Book provided for review.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Can't wait for the next book!

    Premise: When hiking in the Rocky Mountains, Kara Magari steps through a magical portal that takes her to the hidden world of Ourea. She becomes the master of the Grimoire, a book that will answer any question she asks of it. Now, as the Vagabond, Kara must unite Ourea while everyone in it seeks to use her to their own ends or kill her if they can't.

    The Good:

    Worldbuilding: First let me say that as a child I always daydreamed of traveling to another world and having adventures there. Not only does this book do that but it does it well, so it holds a special place in my heart. Not only that but Boyce twists the old myths of muses and demons into new races. Ourea is a beautiful vibrant world I enjoyed exploring throughout the story.

    Characters: I grew to love both Kara and Braeden as the story progressed. Kara is strong of heart despite her past scars. I loved her intelligence and snark, even though that got her in trouble a lot. Braeden has scars of his own that he tries to overcome. He hides it well with his charm though. He had some of the best lines in the book. Even the villains were well rounded. They were not evil just because. Each had their own goals and reasons.

    Story: Wow. Adventure, intrigue, and a little bit of romance. This story has it all and it is just beginning. This trilogy has the beginnings of an epic.

    Pacing: It started a little slow, but soon picked up. By the last 100 pages I could not put the book down.

    The Bad:
    The first few chapters dragged a little for me but not enough for me to stop reading. They soon gained momentum.

    Overall: Get this book. This is the Neverending Story for a new generation.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2012

    Here is the tale, and I warn you now, I cannot do it justice in

    Here is the tale, and I warn you now, I cannot do it justice in one measly paragraph:

    "Kara Magari is just a regular girl on a hike. One day she chooses to take the way less traveled by (not always the best idea Mr. Frost) and stumbles through a Lichgate. What is a Lichgate you may ask? It is a portal, wormhole, trapdoor in this world, leading straight through to another one. The world of Ourea. She finds herself in a library, and curiosity prods her to investigate the one book that will change her life forever. The Grimoire. The note attached seals her fate.

    "From the moment you read these words, you will be hunted."

    Kara begins the journey through Ourea. Quickly meeting Braeden Drakonin, a Blood Prince to an Evil King. Braeden is looking for a way out, a true escape from his father's grasp since he has been lying and hiding since he was twelve years old. "

    My immediate thought, `here we go, another forbidden romance'.

    I've never been happier to be wrong in my life!

    Kara is strong. She has been through a lot but is never a wilting flower. She accepts her new role, but not so readily a completely new destiny. The journey takes center stage here.
    This book is very fairytale-esque but not of the Disney kind. It is fast paced, a constant adventure which is exceptionally rare for a first novel. Hell, it's rare for any novel at all! It splinters into so much detail that I wouldn't truly know where to begin describing the trials the characters must go through.

    Buy this book, then buy a copy for your friends, and I personally would even share it with any children over the age of 10. It's a fully fleshed adventure, and I'm sad I can only give it five stars!

    I cannot wait until the next installment!

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    Had me thinking about the characters/world long after I finished...

    Ultra quick synopsis: Kara likes to hike and while on holiday with her father, happens upon a door in a mountain. Through a series of events, Kara finds The Grimoire and becomes The Vagabond in a new world where everything can be deadly. The people have waited a thousand years for the next vagabond and now that she is here there are those who would use her and those who would kill her. Kara must decide who to trust if she is going to live to try to bring peace.
    I loved the world that S.M. Boyce built. I can't wait for the next book to come out and I hope that Braedan and Kara can end up together. I loved visiting the different kingdoms, they sounded beautiful with completely different people native to each one. Overall, I loved Kara, she is thrown into an incredibly stressful and important position and refuses to be used. I think it would be easy to go along with what other (scarier, bigger, deadlier) Bloods want from her while she is in this strange land. But it also annoyed me when she would go beyond stubborn (like when she refused to wear the dress). I loved the griffin and the rownthe and Feck (he was adorable!) and the rest of her menagerie of pets.
    There was a time when Braedan's adopted dad told Kara that she needed to watch how she spoke to his son (the new Blood). I didn't like this and wished that Kara had somehow been able to let him know it was not ok to tell how to watch her mouth. It happened in a roundabout manner, but I wanted more of, "I am the Vagabond, you don't tell me what to do!".

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

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    Wow! What a creative mind.

    Wow! What a creative mind. I¿ve had the opportunity to get to know S.M. Boyce the past few months and I can tell you, it doesn¿t end here. Her mind is constantly teeming with new ideas. The reader gets a great taste of that in Grimoire: Lichgates. Every chapter is filled with new and unique monsters, races, or lands. No orcs and elves here. The one area I enjoyed most, which just so happens to be the area I had the biggest issue with, is her dialogue. It¿s quirky, funny, and really gives the reader insight into the characters. There just wasn¿t enough! I didn¿t expect the Grimoire: Lichgates to be as full of dialogue as a thriller or mystery, but I feel it¿s one of Boyce¿s strong points. I really wanted to see more. The descriptions could have been cleaned up a little. This is hard to explain. While grammatically correct and full of amazing details, I just wish it were more precise. This can be a delicate balancing act for any author in the fantasy genre and I¿m sure S.M. Boyce will only get better in her future work. I look forward to the rest of the trilogy and can¿t wait for Boyce to come into her own. She¿s close now and I can only see her getting better.

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  • Posted January 11, 2014

    The first half of the book was a bit tough to get through, as th

    The first half of the book was a bit tough to get through, as there was a lot of background story and set up that had to be introduced into the storyline. But once I got to what I believe to be the climax of the story, it took off like a shot! I couldn't put it down. Suddenly, everything clicked into place, and the story really pulled me in.By the end, I was loving the book, and was glad it was only the first in the series. I will definitely be checking out the next one. I just hope it takes off from where this one ended, and doesn't have a lot of background intro. first.

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  • Posted December 19, 2013

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    Lichgates is was a fantastic return to the fantasy that I grew u

    Lichgates is was a fantastic return to the fantasy that I grew up on.  As a lover of any good fantsy - the more imaginary creatures the better - Lichgates hit the spot.  Kara is sucked into a world of strange new beings and amazing creatures - some from myth and many she'd never heard of anything like before.  S.M. Boyce introduced all these creatures is a way that I was able to see them fresh, interesting, and many times very frightening for the first time - just as Kara did.  Even the various human-like races all had a unique twist that made them all stand out from each other.




    The story itself unfolded very naturally and I loved every page of it.  Kara was a likable character placed in a very difficult position.  The future of Ourea has been placed in her hands and she hasn't even heard of the place before.  Her recently found Grimoire will try to guide her, but how far will the guiding go before it turns into orders?  Unsure of who she can trust and what their motives are, she finds herself mostly alone in this strange land.




    The creatures Kara finds and her relationships with them realy made this book a winner for me.  Each creature and race has its place in her life and I loved them all.  This was a fantastic story.  When you throw in Braedon's struggle with his past and himself it becomes incredibly well rounded and a must have for yound adult and adult fantasy lovers.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    Stumbling into a fantasy world can take any normal human being b

    Stumbling into a fantasy world can take any normal human being by surprise, but when Kara lands in the middle of a war that everyone seems to think she can win for them, well, things gets a little sketchy. She goes from college girl dealing with her mother's death to walking through a magical gate that takes her to the land of Ourea, inhabited by all sorts of creatures that would make your jaw drop in awe...or run screaming like a little girl away. After unknowingly opening the Grimoire, Kara is transformed into the Vagabond, a keeper of magic that is so powerful nobody has been able to tame it and neither can Kara at first. Being captured by an evil kingdom doesn't help matters either, but while captured she meets Braeden, the exiled son of the king who becomes her protector in this world. Things aren't always as they seem in Ourea, however, and can she trust everyone that's trying to help her, or are they going to turn on her at the most opportune moment? Find out in Lichgates!

    For me, Kara is a great character. She is both down to earth and approachable as a character but still strong and remarkable enough to be involved in such a fantastical story. Kara is still grieving for her mother but trying to move on with her life as best she can, which to be frank is a story within itself. I think everyone has probably lost someone in their life that you can understand how Kara is feeling and how tough that can be to move past. Then you have this crazy fae world that she gets thrown into and does a hell of a job coping with that as well. She is smart enough to know she needs help but strong enough to handle the things that are thrown at her and that's a mark of a well balanced character. The only exception to that where Kara is concerned is her relationship with Braeden.

    I didn't know what to think of him through most of the story. On one hand you have this man who wanted to change his life so much that he ran away at such a young age and has fought his whole life to not be the kind of person his father tried to mold him to be. At first I thought he was going to be this sort of knight in shining armor for Kara because of his moral stance. Then things start to go askew when he only wants the Grimoire for himself. and possibly only volunteered to protect her to get it. I struggled with liking him as a character but not in a bad way. I question whether or not he is truly better than the rest of his kind but it made the story interesting so I couldn't hate the concept. I wanted Braeden to be a hero and when he disappointed me at moments it made the story stand out even more.

    If I was to talk about standing out, I would be missing a chunk of information if I didn't tell you how unique this world is and how that impacts the story. Fantasy is tough when it comes to worlds. If it isn't strong or detailed enough, then fantasy can become boring and just plain long. Lichgates is neither of those things. Yes, it does take a long time to set up a world and the beginning of a book can seem to take forever to read, and this story is no different. However, the author has to tell you all about everything that goes on in an entire universe different than Earth and humans. That is not easy and there is so much detail to get into a fantasy book that I think it turns people off at the start and they can't see the great story once we get there. It took about 100 pages to really understand the world I was reading about and how characters are interacting and why they are doing the things they are doing. I encourage you to push through that set up because on the other side of all that world building is something that is truly entertaining and fascinating to read. The characters and the world are something that most can't achieve and absolutely worth it in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    There is a reason why S.M. Boyce is a best-selling novelist. Bec

    There is a reason why S.M. Boyce is a best-selling novelist. Because she's more than an author. She's an architect of a new world.

    Welcome to Ourea. Boyce's fantastical world ignites your imagination and takes you on an exciting adventure. From the beginning, her heroine, Kara, opens the pages of a magical book and both you, the reader, and the protagonist are swept up in its awesome pages.

    Boyce is a master of characters and vivid story-telling. I fell in love with the world, the story and I couldn't stop reading. It had romance, intrigue, action and death. From lumbering trolls to murderous soul-stealers, I couldn't get enough of the monsters and I loved wondering what the creature would be to Kara: friend or foe? It's every fantasy that I've ever had as a child: disappearing into a different realm and discovering new powers and magical beasts (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe or The Neverending Story or Labrynth).

    Leave this world behind and escape to Ourea. Thank goodness, the series continues!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Review...not book report;

    I loved the book but to be honest when I see mile long reviews already posted it puts me off on reading the book. I think a lot of them may come from the author themselves or friends!
    That said, this story is great!!! The characters are colorful, the book is over 800 pages! I did not find the gramatical errors as in many free books.
    I'm reading the second book now and enjoying it just as much.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

    It's like reality meets your imagination as the main character (

    It's like reality meets your imagination as the main character (Kara) finds herself in a mind boggling universe in which she plays a key role.  There is romance, swordplay and magic ~ so LOTS of action!!  I've just started reading book II and find it equally exciting and adventurous.  Kudos to Ms. Boyce in her ability to lure you in and make you never want to leave!!

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