Illusion (Grimoire Saga #4)

Illusion (Grimoire Saga #4)

by S. M. Boyce

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Overview

The final chapter in the war for Ourea ends with blood.

Kara Magari is an icon. A hero. The people love her. The royalty tolerates her. She has everything: an army, allies, and a close circle of chosen family. They all believe she will end the war, and they shouldn't. She's as scared as they are. She just can't show it.

The bloodshed can only end with a final battle that will either save or enslave her people. Her armies are ready. Her strategy is foolproof. Her generals are waiting for the order to attack. It's only in the final seconds before the battle begins that she realizes she missed one crucial detail…

…the traitor.

NEW 2nd EDITION with never-before-read scenes and chapters from your favorite bad guys. Completely re-edited and revised for a smoother, more vivid reading experience.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153395968
Publisher: S. M. Boyce
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Series: Grimoire Saga , #4
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 309 KB

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S. M. Boyce is a lifelong writer with a knack for finding adventure and magic.

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Illusion (Grimoire Saga #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
DebraWebb More than 1 year ago
The last book in one of the most amazing series ever written. This series will grab a hold of you and never let go. Every single book in this collection is a masterpiece. S.M. Boyce has quickly become my favorite author and I will gladly and eagerly return to Ourea with every book she brings out.
ilia_elf More than 1 year ago
I've never been more happy and devastated to write a book review than I am right now. I've cherished the Grimoire saga from the very start and grown along with with the characters in ways I could have never imagined. Boyce, you have been an inspiration and an encouragement in my life whether you realize it or not, and even the though journey is over, I'm thankful for how far we've come. And for how far this series will continue to go in the stories of the many dangerous and incredible characters that have made the novels so great. Even though there's so many thing I could say about Illusion; the twisting plot, the final battle, the happiness that Kara and Braeden have found amidst the darkness that looms before them... I worry about revealing too much. So in short, I will say this. Everything that we've been fighting for has not been lost. And with the greatest trials, comes the greatest rewards. The journey has been a great one. One with countless ups and downs and twists so sudden it's left me breathless. I'm thankful I picked up Lichgate and started out on this enthralling adventure. My life has been changed forever, and it doesn't matter to me what other people think of Boyce's works.. they've had a greater change on me than even the most famous of novels. Believe in yourself and follow your dreams. Pick up a sword and fight those terrible overwhelming battles. Because you can't win if you dont try. And every win is worth a dozen failures. Thus ends the Grimoire Saga and it is everything I hoped it would be, and so much more.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: ILLUSION is a thrilling conclusion to the enchanting and bloody Grimoire Saga. The climax of political tensions, war explodes across the pages in a series of twists and crashing emotions. The end to a must read series. This whole series we’ve been following Kara’s journey into the land of Ourea as she faces her new reality while navigating the politics of the yakona. With each book an impending war became clearer and clearer and at last we watch all hell break loose in this shattering conclusion of all or nothing. Much of this book is actually devoted to said war, rather than the previous books which spent their time more spread between politics, exploration, quiet moments, character developments, and of course battle. As you probably guessed Deidre had plenty up her sleeves and no shortage of clever but desperate plots in her twisted head. So you have that to look forward to as well. Finally we get to see more of the Isen, although I wish we got to spend more time with them. We’re briefly introduced to their society and then poof we’re back to the yakonan war. Overall this is a really great fantasy series. Underrated in my opinion, although I guess it doesn’t get as much big time publicity as a traditionally published book might. I’ve followed and loved the Grimoire Saga for years and it really changed my mindset about the literary industry. I’ve read some “brand name” books that I thought weren’t particularly impressive and I’ve read some independent books that totally blew my mind. Don’t let a label make a decision for you. There are amazing stories everywhere if you have the patience and desire to look for them. Hoorah for indie authors! Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2016/09/16/illusion/
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: ILLUSION is a thrilling conclusion to the enchanting and bloody Grimoire Saga. The climax of political tensions, war explodes across the pages in a series of twists and crashing emotions. The end to a must read series. This whole series we’ve been following Kara’s journey into the land of Ourea as she faces her new reality while navigating the politics of the yakona. With each book an impending war became clearer and clearer and at last we watch all hell break loose in this shattering conclusion of all or nothing. Much of this book is actually devoted to said war, rather than the previous books which spent their time more spread between politics, exploration, quiet moments, character developments, and of course battle. As you probably guessed Deidre had plenty up her sleeves and no shortage of clever but desperate plots in her twisted head. So you have that to look forward to as well. Finally we get to see more of the Isen, although I wish we got to spend more time with them. We’re briefly introduced to their society and then poof we’re back to the yakonan war. Overall this is a really great fantasy series. Underrated in my opinion, although I guess it doesn’t get as much big time publicity as a traditionally published book might. I’ve followed and loved the Grimoire Saga for years and it really changed my mindset about the literary industry. I’ve read some “brand name” books that I thought weren’t particularly impressive and I’ve read some independent books that totally blew my mind. Don’t let a label make a decision for you. There are amazing stories everywhere if you have the patience and desire to look for them. Hoorah for indie authors! Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2016/09/16/illusion/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it. Great job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series but I have been left hanging and I don't like that in a series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth the money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the entire series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as dramatic an ending as I would have liked, but not bad.
Blackwolfmama92bl More than 1 year ago
I was so excited for the release of book #4 to the saga. I have waited a whole year like everyone else and even took the time the last 3 days to re-read the first 3 books before today.  S.M Boyce is amazing with the storyline and I definitely could not put it down. It took me 3 hours to read the book and I am rereading it to make sure I didn't miss anything. Kara and Braden go through a lot and their love endures all. The surprises and twist and turns throughout the story kept me hooked, I just had to know what was next. I love this series and the fact that from page one I am pulled into Ourea and am in the middle of the plot. I did not expect the ending and was truly happy that we were not left hanging. I am truly sad to see the saga end. I love the characters, the plot and definitely all the twists and turns the books provide. It is truly my favorite series and will re read more time over. I am excited as well to see what the spin off books next fall will bring so I will patiently wait ti then.
ScarletNeedsCoffee More than 1 year ago
If you’ve not read the Grimoire saga and are just reading this review, let this be a moment of change for you, and start reading! When I die, bury me in Ourea, under the Sanguini tree.  I’ve been an avid reader, and opinionated my whole life. So it seems natural to combine the two and write book reviews. So I have, and I do. Except this time, I struggled. I was afraid… one wrong word… I was worried I wouldn’t do it justice. So with reverence, I am going to do my very best to tell you how amazing this book is.  At long last! The conclusion & much anticipated finale, “Illusion” is here, and I couldn’t wait a moment to dig in. And when the moment came, I hesitated. I was not ready, to admit that the story of Kara & Braeden, allies, and enemies, was to come to an end. But as they say, the end is the beginning is the end. So I began.  Heritage left us speechless, knowing we were on the precipice of inevitable war, with Kara growing every moment, Braeden evoloving into the man he needed to be, and all of Ourea changing, writhing to break loose the bonds, held captive for ages. Change was happening, Deidre being a key player, (an Isen at the helm?!) and a Blood, losing his life because of daft arrogance. Indeed, “Heritage” ended in a state of illusion. And as I stated in the review: Illusion it was, and Illusion it shall be. I’ve said from the beginning that there are real life lessons to be learned in this saga. True to form, amid reflections & foreshadowing and breathtaking action sequences, life lessons pop out! Reminding you to look in the mirror at the reflection of your soul. My favorite one, in “Illusion,” is,  “Sometimes those who don’t deserve forgiveness are the ones who need it most.” We know, that Kara was speaking to Reive, about blood Evelyn, and I reflected on Zimmerman’s death, as if I were Reive, to understand what she felt. Feeling it, as the death of her brother unraveled before her eyes, every time she closed her eyes, Reive was prepared to  kill Blood Evelyn for the death of her brother. I believe, all that saved her, was that she had no heir, and it would have been the death  of the Ayevelian race. It was devastating, and so real, it’s as if the battle were real, and Boyce was on the sidelines of the war taking notes. A vagabond, writing in her Grimoire, chronicling, making sure no detail was left out, that no one’s death been in vain nor forgotten over time. A war was fought, Kara came into her own, Drenowith took Blood Evelyn to cure her of her prejudice. Stone convinced Cedric it was time to put his soul at rest, and leave his beloved Grimore. The Yakona bloods put their Sartoris in a cave sealed by magic. Braeden rightfully became blood of the Stele. A just ruler, to bring about change. Galas, amid a FREE OUREA, with all Yakona Bloods, and the drenowith and the vagabonds all had a place at the table. Again, there is a lesson to be learned. Society could take a lesson overall, about war & peace, love and hate, and the blessings of freedom. Of all the trees she could sit in, this one gave her a connection to Braeden. Their bond hadn’t quite worked, so this would do. As long as the flower representing him glowed in the sun, she could simply look up and know he was well. I read so much, that inevitably I come across authors who do not care for their story & characters as much as we the readers do; they get sloppy, and lose interest, and the farther into the series we get the worse it becomes, leaving us with an untidy ending, and an unfulfilled desire for closure. Boyce did not do this. She shows her wild passion for her writing & her characters page after page, until the very last, leaving no stone unturned.  There is something beautiful about being able to see pieces of yourself in the different characters. Even more so, to step back and realize that every piece of the details in the book are a splinter of the soul of the author. S.M. Boyce has a raw unabashed voice in the literary world DEMANDING to be heard. Be heard, she shall.  I have a discerning palette, and 10 times out of 10, I would choose The Grimoire Saga & Ourea. Thank you for leaving me breathless, Boycey!  Stay tuned! There will be more coming from the world of Ourea. The Ourean Chronicles are coming in 2015. Add these books to your Goodreads “To Read” shelf: The Misanthrope: Stone’s Story (Ourean Chronicles #1)  The First Vagabond: Cedric’s Story (Ourean Chronicles #2)  The Demon: Deidre’s Story (Ourean Chronicles #3)  S. M. Boyce, is a lifelong writer with a knack for discovering adventure and magic. (Whom I feel is very underrated!) Errant Questions: -Vagabonds have no blood ties to the blood of their race, hence they do not have to obey blood mandates. Had Reive killed Blood Evelyn, and all Ayevelians, would it have killed her as well? Or would she be a sole survivor? -It mentioned reflecting on the effect of Evelyn’s absence on her children. What children? Who is the father? Does she then have an heir? -In my mind’s eye, the flowers on the sanguini are akin to cherry blossoms. What do they look like in your mind, since you could see them as you wrote? -Will it be a boy,  or a girl? -Have you considered a “X years later” Saga, to tell us about Ourea as a free world, and Kara & Braeden? -What is a vagabonds life span in comparison to a blood?
Griffen97 More than 1 year ago
This book series, and especially this book have proved to be one of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite books of all time! Having a perfect balance of all aspects of fiction books, this book can appeal to anyone. This series even maintains modesty, and contains very little swearing, both aspects that I respect and a usually disappointed in. Kara truly had an adventure that anyone would be envious of, and had a grand time throughout it. The attention to details is outstanding, and not one aspect of this series remains unimportant. I would recommend this to anyone in a heartbeat, and am excited to see what Boyce comes out with next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Illusion is an excellent finish to the Grimoire Saga. The last book is about the final preparations and the final battles that end the war of the Yakona in Ourea. Kara is still struggling to control her power from her family line on her mother's side, the same power that her grandfather never was fully able to control and was finally his destruction. She is working through the guilt of the destruction she caused the last time she lost control of her powers. Braeden strives to keep Kara safe while ending the war so they can live a peaceful happy life that he has always dreamed of but never thought he could have. He wants to keep his dark side under control and become the kind of ruler his father never could be. The Vagabonds will take chances and some will reveal their identities even though Kara can't promise their safety. There will be twists and turns, loyalties will be broken and betrayal. S. M. Boyce will not disappoint you with her final book. I can't wait to read the next adventure she writes about the world of Ourea and its inhabitants.
KaylaSue More than 1 year ago
I love the way Boyce tied the ends of the story together. Bring in people and story lines from all three of the first books to the fourth book, with of course the fourth having betrayal , and honesty, love,peace..i have been loving her books from the first one till the end,And I can't wait tell she comes out with the spin off next year. She builds her worlds good and her different people are so complete. I am tring to be careful not to have any spoilers in this . YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS STORY, BUT BE SURE TO GET THE FIRST THREE (single or in box set)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the ending paragraph !!! Enjoyed the entire series !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Grimoire Saga is an incredible fantasy series, this final book included! Almost all of this final story revolves around the preparation for the final battle against the Stele and its allies, as well as the battle itself. There's plenty of drama, betrayal, and action, along with further development of the relationships between characters. There are characters you will love to hate and characters you will just love. I especially liked how the relationship between Kara and Braeden continued to change and grow. Yet again, as I got further into the story and the action, I found it nearly impossible to put the book down. In the end, I felt like this book provided a satisfying conclusion to the series that allowed me to know what happened to each of the major characters after the war and let me imagine how they will go on with their lives. I highly recommend the Grimoire Saga (starting with Lichgates) for readers that enjoy creative world building in exciting fantasy stories. * I received an electronic ARC of this book from the author for an honest review.
ValeriaCK More than 1 year ago
My heart is so swelled at this moment, that it’s hard for me to put into words what this book made me feel. I’m a bit heartbroken it had to end, but I’m also very satisfied with the ending. Although it was a bit predictable, especially if you trust the characters as much as I did, it was definitely the ending I was expecting. This author has absolute true talent, and with this book she sealed herself as one my favourite writers. I will read anything she writes because she is that awesome. Her world building abilities are astounding. Every time I read one of these books I felt I just dropped through a Lichgate all the way into Ourea, because every place felt so vivid. It almost feels like home by now too. All the creatures are wonderful as well. They have their flaws and a purpose of their own, and I’m glad we got a nice preview of one the creatures we hadn’t met as a race before, the Isen. They are actually pretty cool, and despite the whole soul sucking thing, I would totally like to be one. Anyhow, Boyce’s abilities don’t end on magical world building, because the character development in this book is also breathtaking. The story has always been told in dual narratives between Kara and Braden, which is one of the things I liked the most of this series, and we got the occasional insight of a different character. But this time around, the story kind of needed that we got several points of view, and with only a tiny glimpse (I’m talking about a chapter here) of characters we hadn’t really known before, we got the whole picture, you know? Like they were real, tri-dimensional, with a back story, a development, everything in only one chapter! That is genius I say! I was expecting a bit more action though, being an epic battle and everything; and much like Kara, I wanted a particular thing that happened that I’m not telling because spoilers, to be more spectacular. I did love how they handled traitors and the final agreements. They were a great call. Overall, this series ending was perfect for a wonderful series. It had all the elements I loved about it and a wrapped-up conclusion. I’m not much of a re-reader, but this is a series I will definitely read over and over again.
susannahi More than 1 year ago
Brilliant job !!   I waited patiently for book 4 of the Grimoire saga. I was not disappointed at all. Even though I wanted more and was not ready for it to end. The final chapter was pretty much perfect.  S. M. Boyce does an  excellent job at laying out the foundations  of the landscapes as well as the dynamics of the different kingdoms. The relationships of the characters grow from one chapter to the next and by the time you get to book #4 you feel like family with some of them. Book after book, she holds your imagination captive.  I didn't want to put them down once I turned the first page.  I recommend the box set. Once you enter her world you just keep wanting more and more. Even though its a fantastical world she has made it so believable, so real. Now I am looking forward to the back-stories.  I highly recommend ordering the box set. You wont be disappointed.  susannahi 
grumbles2b More than 1 year ago
I have to say that when I read the first book Lichgates I was totally unaware of the author S.M. Boyce I simply just like trying new authors. From book one I was captivated and when I finished it I was eagerly awaiting book two and then three and downright impatient for book four. Illusion encompasses it all characters coming into themselves, war, betrayal, trust, and above all Love. The story grips at page one and keeps you turning page after page. So hard to put down I would suggest you set time aside for I was always disappointed when I had to set it down to do daily things. A wonderful adventure, characters who are believable and face their own challenges. A storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat as pages turn and you wonder what the outcome will be. It has one routing for the heroes and hoping against hope the villians will meet their demise. S.M. Boyce you have done a wonderful job with the Grimoire Saga and I look forward to reading your future books. You have become one of my favorite authors and I remain a loyal reader!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such am awesome read with a compelling Story line.  This is the kind of book that you can't put down because you are so hooked you want to read "just one more page". Definitely worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EPIC, I have really enjoyed reading this book, I read the 1st 3 books earlier in the year and couldn't wait to finish the series and see how it all tied together. An epic end to an epic series. Well worth a read, JoT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WONDERFUL!!! I was hooked with Lichgate and couldn't wait for each book to be released.  An epic adventure that had me right there riveted in Ourea.  Any one who hasn't read these books is missing out on an incredible , afsituati awesome exploration of dealing with feelings, new situations and just a whimsical ride of my life!  THANK YOU S?M?BOY CE FOR GIVING ME A NEW REALM TO ENJOY!!!  LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT SERIES!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good wrap up of the story.of Kara and Braeden and the war in Ourea. It gives the conclusion I think every reader of this series wants. I enjoyed it.
James_Davenport More than 1 year ago
The fourth book starts largely as a romance with occasional intrigue and plotting. It's a brief pause while Kara and Braeden get a little time together before the action kicks in. As such, and knowing it was the last book in the series, I expected the author would be willing to make terrible outcomes for many of the characters. This all made the book more dramatic. But once the final war commences, the story zooms along, becoming quite page turner. I really liked how it jumped from one character to another, each with his or her own voice and perspective. It can be hard to make such a story feel cohesive, but Boyce pulls it off without apparent effort. Overall I really enjoyed the book, found it a fun and exciting read, and recommend it to people who enjoy fantasy worlds and well written characters.