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Posted December 9, 2012
Anyone who's already read my review of S.M. Boyce's "Lichgates" is familiar with how much I loved that book. The opener to "The Grimoire Trilogy" blew me away and I impatiently awaited book two.
Well, I'm happy to say that Boyce is back. And in a big way! "Treason" picks up right where "Lichgates" left off and doesn't miss a beat in dragging the reader back into the magical world of Ourea.
The majority of the cast of characters is the same--which makes sense, considering their tale is far from over--but a few notable additions blend well with the evolution of some existing characters to create an environment that feels comfortable, but not too familiar.
Overall, the book moves along at a slower pace than its predecessor. It isn't plodding, by any means, just a more measured pace that seems to indicate an author who knows exactly where the story is going and has the confidence to take it there as she sees fit. Never fear; there's still plenty of action and intrigue to go around.
As the name suggests, betrayal plays a major role in this novel. In fact, I don't believe I've ever seen betrayal explored to the level that it is in "Treason"--in any entertainment form. And, it is masterfully done, at that--none of the circumstances or situations come across as predictable or unbelievable. If there's one thing that stretched my personal convictions a bit too much, it's the sheer amount of forgiveness exhibited by Boyce's characters. It's a testament to their collective character (no pun intended), but I'm more of an "off with their heads" kinda guy. Still, I don't think the average reader will mind.
"Treason" is a worthy--and welcomed--successor to "Lichgates," and is the second book in "The Grimoire Trilogy." Book three is too far off to start holding my breath for, but Boyce had better not delay--I've got her email address!
I highly recommend "Treason" to fantasy fans and anyone who loves great fiction.
Posted December 1, 2012
Earlier this year, I read Lichgates, the first book of the Grimoire trilogy. I liked Lichgates, but Treason is even better!
Treason began where Lichgates ended. However, without having to go through the process of world-building that Lichgates was required to, the story picked up right away. We got to know Kara and Braeden better and witness the ebb and flow of their relationship. S.M. Boyce did a great job of conveying the characters' feelings. I could feel the conflict brewing inside Kara as she struggled between her feelings for Braeden and carrying out her mission of peace as the Vagabond. We also explored more of Braeden's character, and the author was able to portray two separate three-dimensional people with their own personalities.
I also thought the story moved at a good pace, combining action with character exploration. There were lots of twists and turns, including a surprising reveal (which I won't spoil) near the end. For a book of over 400 pages, I didn't get bored. If anything, by the time I reached the end, I wished there was more.
After reading Treason, I can't wait for the final book in the Grimoire trilogy.
Posted November 20, 2012
"Treason" is the second book in the "Grimoire Trilogy". Ms. Boyce pens her characters strong and complex but totally believable in a plot filled with emotion, twists, turns and with a touch of humor. Highly recommended to all paranormal, fantasy fans. *5 Stars*
This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.