Heritage (Grimoire Saga #3)

Heritage (Grimoire Saga #3)

by S. M. Boyce
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Heritage (Grimoire Saga #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
ScarletNeedsCoffee More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I was lucky enough, that I was given the opportunity to read this book as an ARC. This will in no way influence my review. This is a spoiler free review. ---- This book will be Available November 5, 2013 ---- Synopsis: Kara Magari isn't normal, even by Ourea's standards--and in a world of shape-shifters and soul stealers, that's saying something. To the royalty, she's a loose cannon. To the masses, she's a failure. But Kara's arrival in Ourea started a war, and she's going to end it. An ancient isen named Stone takes an interest in Kara's training, and it turns out he has more answers than he originally led her to believe. In an effort to unearth a secret that might end the bloodshed, Kara instead discovers an ugly truth about her family--and how much she has in common with an infamous mass-murderer. Braeden Drakonin has slowly rebuilt his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. His father wants him dead, and frankly, his so-called allies wouldn't mind that either. Private alliances are formed. Secrets are sold. Tension is driving the armies apart. A single battle will end this war, and it's coming. Braeden may be a prince, but it will take more than that to survive. He must take the fight to his father's door--and win. Review: Starting with the dedication- I'm already in tears. I could only hope for a love like this. Boycey your way with words is perfect. On the technical side, I will say I love the writing style and it makes me hunger for more. It flows seamlessly and is without flaw. Onto my thoughts. I have waited.... What seems like eons but is really not even a year, the wait was excruciating! In the beginning, back in the days when I first read "Lichgates" I was searching for a reason to be attached to the characters. Well, at this point, I'm so attached to all of them they can't make a move without an emotional response. That's the thing about this book, it is evocative. It makes you smile when they smile, cry when they cry, make random expressions that are relative to the character that you are reading at that time... it sucks you in and you can't leave until you are done. If there is one thing I hate, it is reflection. I have read authors who take CHAPTERS to reflect on how we got where we are for new readers or as a refresher for those of us who haven't read the books in awhile. Thankfully, that was not the case in "Heritage". The reflection was non-existent and she jumped right into the story. However, writing in a style that if a reader had not read "Lichgates" or "Treason" after reading a few short pages they'd be on track with what was happening. I love how she jumped right into the action! Not wasting a sentence or a line on anything but rather diving head first into the story! As expected I was drowning in my love for the storyline before the end of the first chapter. When I was on page 101 of 200 in PDF format I had loved it. I was dreading the end. It's like some piece of rare knowledge you fall in love with, and are so eager to learn more of that you can't ever get enough. Or, if you've read the hunger games, Katniss' "hollow days" where no matter how much you eat you're still starving.... that's what reading this book was like to me. Page after page I just absorbed as much as I could, but it was never enough - right down to the very startling end. I am an avid reader. It takes much, to say the least, to take my breath away and yet that is what S.M. Boyce has done with "Heritage".  The vibrance of Ourea has never burned brighter, and the characters never more colorful. There is a raw intensity that jumps out of the pages at you and makes you forget this is a story - in a book - It's ok. She makes you forget all of that. What is interesting to me is that the characters never stop developing; they grow as the story grows and that is a wonderful thing to watch. To see Kara come into her powers, and Braeden wield his political savvy, the cunning of the bloods, the ignorance of some that cost others their lives, the beauty of alliances forged under the most trying of circumstances... It is an amazing thing to read as it unfolds before me. The ending. I never saw that coming, I didn't suspect it in the slightest, and when I realized during the epilogue what had really happened during the Stelian attack on Braeden and his recovery, I nearly fell out of my bed in shock and awe. The question is, where now will S.M. Boyce take us, on the road to "Illusion." Because illusion it is, and illusion it shall be. To quote BFF, Evie, "If I die, please bury me in Ourea." That is how much we love these books. So I have it in PDF format, now, November 5, I must obtain the physical book for my collection. Thank you, S.M. Boyce for the mental stimulation, and the entertainment, and the roller coaster ride. And thank you, for Ourea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
S.M. Boyce has definitely captured myself into the world of Ourea. I was excited to get the book and could not put it down. The Grimoire Saga Series is by far my most favorite to read and will definitely reread every one of them again. I absolutely love Kara and Braeden. The tribulations they must go through to be together and everything Kara must overcome within her new self. The two together are unstoppable and I look forward to seeing how things turn out for the two of them in the next book. This is by far my favorite of the series and can not wait for book #4. The series is an absolute must read.
WynneChanning0 More than 1 year ago
S.M. Boyce's epic fantasy series is so highly addictive. I challenge everyone to try and stop reading once they're pulled into the world of Ourea. Heritage is the third instalment and in my opinion, the best of the three.  Boyce stands among Tolkien and Martin as a creator of great worlds with warring factions. The political intrigue is simply riveting. The story twists along until the inevitable, awe-inspiring moment when everyone in Ourea learns just how powerful Kara is. With an ending so deeply satisfying, Illusion could not come soon enough! Anyone who loves a beautifully told tale filled with suspense and adventure needs to get into the Grimoire Saga. They won't be sorry.
authorchristierich More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of reading a beta copy of Heritage. The Grimoire Saga has found a way into my heart. I love the characters and the world. In Heritage, Kara struggles with her new Isen state and learning the limits and advantages of her new power. She is a force to be reckoned with and comes across strong throughout the book. I enjoyed getting to know her even more and related with her inner struggles. Braeden, as always, was a favorite of mine. He's complex, with inner struggles that made my heart clench for him. He has all the makings of a great hero. Conflicted, but still strong, he's determined to overcome his dark nature and lead his people to a time of peace. He just needs to conquer Carden to do it. Several twists in his arc took me by surprise. I was happy to see old favorites, like Twin, back in the story and come to know new characters, like Stone. Each character serves a purpose within the tale and adds a layer to the world. I'm eagerly awaiting the final book to this series and I'm quite sure it will remain a favorite of mine for a very long time.
buggysmom More than 1 year ago
My Disclaimer: I purchased this ebook for full price at Kindle Books because I loved book #1 so much! I am providing an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review My Review: I hope you're keeping up with me on this reading streak I have going here with the Grimoire Saga. This is the perfect series for the COYER Can You Read a Series in a Month Challenge! The books flow together so well. The story line and all its actions keep you going along quickly. The characters are so interesting and you continually find out interesting things about each of them. Secrets galore! No one can keep one forever. A very long time, yes. Forever? No. And now seems to be the time for a lot of old secrets to be exposed in Ourea. It's certainly time for Kara's secrets to get outed. First, she has a house tour to do so that she understands her family heritage and just what it means. At least she thinks she understands, but she really won't until later when she has to face the reality of her grandfather's legacy and its consequences to her and to those around her. Braedon works to forgive Princess Aurora while helping her overcome her handicap. But their secret is discovered and the cost is high. Hopefully, the Vagabond can smooth over this mistake. While she's being diplomatic, Braedon tangles with a Sartori sword. Gavin has to make a choice before Braedon can start his recovery. But Braedon's recovery isn't normal. Something else seems to hamper his normally quick healing process. What could be big enough to hamper a royal prince's recovery? It's time for all of Deidre's secret scheming to come to fruition. She's been moving people around like pieces on a chess board for a while with her isen ability to change form. She's ready to make some of her big reveals, but will they all go her way? Will she reach her goal? Who else will die in her desire for revenge? And is she aimed at the right target? Niccoli says no. There's a lot going on in Ourea these days. The whole place is on the brink of war. And it seems like there might be a traitor in their midsts. There are still more secrets to uncover. Keep reading this really richly-written series for maximum enjoyment. I'm already well into Book 4, Illusion, the last book of the series.
DebraWebb More than 1 year ago
The third book in One of the most amazing series ever written. This series will grab a hold of you and never let go. S.M. Boyce weaves a beautiful magical world for us to delve into and never want to leave. The first time I read them I couldn't put it down and had to buy the next one as soon as I finished each. The second time around was no different. I hate to leave the amazing world of Ourea when I reach the last book.
ilia_elf More than 1 year ago
This series has changed so much of my life to the point where every walk in the woods feels like it could lead me to my next adventure. I search for lichgates everywhere and see the world of Ourea so clearly in mind that I could have lived there for years. The magic in these novels is inescapable and as real as my life right now. I would rate Boyce's talent up there with Terry Brooks and Cornelia Funke due to the sheer scope and magic her novels encompass. This far into the novels, nothing happens without a reason. And in Heritage, the character have developed so much from the first book that some are unrecognizable. Especially the bond that's bloomed between Kara and Braeden. Both have grown so much through their adventures together that they've become inseparable. Determined and strong leaders, they're truly ready to take on the world. And I feel the most pride towards Kara. She has endured so much regret from her choices and the loss of her family. And I can see myself in her. Everyone suffers, everyone cries at some point in their lives or another, and with every struggle we overcome, three more arise to replace it.. It's easy to feel lost and defeated and to blame ourselves, but through reading this book, I've learned so much concerning dealing with trials and pain. To quote Boyce: "The modest acknowledge their mistakes. The wise both confess to their failures and vow to never repeat them. But it takes a strong warrior to forgive [themselves]." As the saga nears its close, I'm looking forward to reading Illusion, the final installment. And I have no doubt that Boyce will end it beautifully.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
This series is so addicting and has rekindled my love for high fantasy!
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
This series is so addicting and has rekindled my love for high fantasy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has kept me captivate with its twists and turns. While there are a few predictable choices, definitely a book I would recommend.
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Wow this was very disapointing loved the first to and i understand y u have to tell the story but not all that theu did dosent start getting interesting till chapter 18 come on u can do better
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Loved it!
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tweetybugshouse More than 1 year ago
Once again Boyce has taken this story and given a wham packed action filled story.  I thought we seen the epic plot twist with the end of book two but nope she does it again in Heritage and keeps us guessing as to how it will play out with the fourth book.  This is a must read series you really need to pick up and read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed very much like the other two in the series. Lets get the last one out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book! Great read can't wait for the next one. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loves this series. Keeps getting bettet. Lots of twist.
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
Oh dang... that ending. Say backstabbing what?! This series just gets better with every book. I adore Ourea and the story always traps me from beginning to end. As I said in my review of the previous book, I was growing to understand Gavin and in Heritage my heart grew a little more for him. I'm extremely happy to see him turning into the guy we know he can be. I also just absolutely adore General Gurien. Love his character and love him with Aurora, I hope they get their happily ever after. Braeden, you are just too adorable for words. I literally want to wrap him up and keep him forever. Regardless of how tough and protective he is, he has such a heart of gold and I adore it. Kara on the other hand is doing the opposite of Braeden and getting stronger and tougher every time we see her and I can't help but love this growth. These two couldn't be more perfect for each other. I definitely don't want this series to end!! Reading the last book will totally be so bittersweet for me! I'm hoping for all the happily ever afters I can get! Waiting for fall is going to be way too long of a wait!
Madd-Tatter More than 1 year ago
The first 3 books in this series have been wonderful. Very much looking forward to the 4th and final, though sad that the story will be over and my visit to her wonderful world and it inhabitants will be over. All the magic, the twists and turns of the story, make me read it way to fast and now I await the final book with anticipation and dread. Anticipation on how things will take place, and dread that it will be over.
TheGuardian More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed how this book showed an unexpected side to certain character and is finally showing some of the reasoning behind occurrences. I love how slowly the book unfolds certain characters and takes you on a fast rife with others. It kept me entertained page after page. Another great read in the series.