Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1)

Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1)

by S. M. Boyce
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Lichgates (The Grimoire Trilogy #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 166 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some stories rely on a strong world (I'm looking at you, Tolkien) and the characters in the story are just passable. Some stories rely on interesting characters, and those are the best stories. Lichgates has an interesting world, with factions that don't trust anyone and probably shouldn't, and all sorts of dangers. But what makes the book worth reading are the main characters, and naturally you root for them and wonder what you'd do in their shoes. Kara starts ignorant and powerless, and must mature and negotiate with those factions. And she fails, often, but in ways that I'd have failed too. Braeden starts as a know-it-all with much to learn, and he fails, often, but in ways that I'd have failed too. The other characters also have depth and change, otherwise you'd have two bright points on a flat canvas. Overall, a fun book. The author should charge more for it.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
Lichgates captivated me from the start and took me on a fantastic journey into incredible worlds with wonderful, if sometimes scary, creatures and people. If you see a flash of blue from the corner of your eye and feel a kicking sensation in your gut, know that you might have just passed from the world as you know it into the extremely different world of Ourea. This is what happens to Kara just before her life changes forever. Still grieving for her recently deceased mother and worried about her father, Kara is unprepared for the storm of action, suspense, frightening experiences and highly dangerous responsibility that is about to enter her life. Along with Braeden, heir to the Stelian throne, she embarks on a complicated mission as the new vagabond.  I found the author's world building to be easily the strongest feature of this book. What an imagination! Although she includes known mythical creatures like griffons, dragons, and centaurs, she also adds a vast selection of her own unique creations. Two headed dogs that can serve as weapons as well as transport, and a creature that can pass through solid walls with riders on its back, are just some of these magnificent beings living in the kingdoms of Ourea. The truly bad guys, the Stelians, who seem to be into destruction, torture and control; and the soul stealing Isen make Ourea an unpleasant and extremely dangerous place to live in. The Yakona kingdoms, the Hillsidians, Ayavelians, Kirelms, and Lossians have their own problems and selfish goals. All this combined make the vagabond's mission to bring peace to the realm a very difficult one. The only beings who seem to be able to really assist her are the drenowith, shape shifting muses with some awesome powers. The question is: will they?   Kara has this to say about this torn and dangerous world: "I'm starting to wonder if there's anything in Ourea worth saving." The author does character development throughout the story and, at least the two main characters, Kara and Braeaden, show growth in their personalities by the end of this book. I highly recommend Lichgates to readers who want to go on a fantastic journey of beautiful but dangerous worlds. This is a thrilling five star read which you don't want to miss! (Ellen Fritz)
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
An interesting contemporary fantasy novel that brought out the inner classic fantasy geek in me. Growing up I read just about anything I could get my hands on but hadn’t really touched on that particular genre in quite a while. It felt good going back to it with this book and that’s a compliment right there. At first I can honestly say I wasn’t so sure about this book. Just starting off I wanted to snap Kara into reality. The steps she takes to get swept into the story were daft and just made me wonder if she was really going to be a strong enough character to make this book work. There was a moment or two that I wondered what I had gotten myself into with this book, but I’m glad that I pushed through. The author constructs the settings and landscapes in such a way that you feel that you are right there in the story and she does it in a way that does not distract you from the tale but makes you one with it. Kind of like a video game, you have the surroundings that put you into the game but the action is what has your attention at all times. You feel the stone walls, smell the musty and dank rooms, and see the greenery in all its stunning beauty. The characters interact with each other in a way that has stumped many authors. The banter, curiosity and everything in between are done so well that I’m surprised that the author hasn’t been signed by the big wigs in the book industry. A plus, no insta-love and thank goodness. Kara has been dealt a serious blow in life recently and doesn’t need that type of bond yet. The makings are there for an eventual full blown romance, but the baby steps towards it are perfect for all involved. Too many authors skip over the earning of another’s trust and just going for the full monty before it’s even necessary. The adventure is quite an extreme. Throwing everyday next door girl Kara in the world of Ourea and having her come out of her shell and become the person who is to bring peace in a land that is just riddled with destruction and is quite dangerous makes you think that the author is plum crazy but you get to feel and see the changes, the evolution of her and grow to really root for her and the mission. The monsters. Oh how I love monsters, especially the fantasy type. An author can do so much with them, tweak them to their vision and leave bits of them unknown so the reader can further envision what they look like. This author even goes that step further and creates her own. Love the monsters! I recommend this to all readers of fantasy. If you found it in a store it would be most likely in the YA/Teen section, but readers of all ages will find themselves drawn into the story and put off things so they can read until the end without much disruption. I commend the author for bringing me back to the fantasy genre and look forward to reading further in the Grimoire Saga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an interesting world...it's hero a vagabond and female! Kara and Braedon struggle against private demons attempting to promote peace among the diverse Bloods found in hidden magical corner of earth reached by traveling through litchgates.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Already bought next installment, just disappointed I have to wait til next fall to finish... if the fourth is even intended to be the last... S. M. Boyce is definitely an author that keeps you interested in the story and its characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit that the first few chapters did not wow me. I have now read a deleted first chapter on the authors web page and I believe she should have kept it as the beginning. There is not much to hook you into the main character at first. I am glad I stuck with this book it does get much, miuch better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not put into words how much I enjoyed reading this book. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a surprisingly good book! I was hooked by the first hundred pages! Hurry up with the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to give this book five stars, but i found it difficult to enjoy when one character would be doing something important and then it would switch characters and by the time it switched back it didn't even explain what had happened.
miztrebor More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
jnchaney More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and characters. I have read several books about people from our world and time entering other realms. The author did a good job but the book was slow from time to time. I will read he other books in the series and will look for oher work by this author. I also noticed that I don't have high expectations usually when it comes to free ebooks. Usually the grammar and spelling are terrible but with this book that is NOT the case. Enjoy!
AlliRN More than 1 year ago
This book is was a little slow to suck me in, or I would have given it a 5 (I give out a 5 once or twice a year) - it's that good. Something different that takes you on a journey of the unexpected. The heroine is unexpected and not polished, but that is what makes her a believable character. I look forward to what the next book brings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot tell you how rare it is to find such a riveting saga! I am an avid reader, and a fast one at that. I get through series pretty quickly, so I am always on the hunt for a new and exciting one. This story immediately whisks you into another world, making sure not to leave you behind but always managing to keep you guessing about what could happen next. Boyce is excellent with her attention to detail and the realm she weaves for us, known as Ourea. I don not want to give any spoilers away, and seeing as to how I have read all the books already, I will simply end by saying: choose this saga. It will ignite your imagination, make you want to experience the romance within it pages and visit the world it brings to life! Also, Boyce is wonderful. I sent a tweet saying how much I love the books and got an immediate response. Nothing like making your readers feel valued than simple acknowledgement. I am patiently waiting for the next installment, so I can devour it, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and characters. Thanks to the author for a free nook book
Fayth97 More than 1 year ago
This is such a great read.  Boyce pulls you right into the story,, which keeps a grip on you until the last page, & has you looking to start the next book immediately. I love how she built the character's, & the relationship that they would have in their interactions w/each other. It was refreshing to see that the heroine, & the hero weren't thrown right in to a romance as so many authors do with their stories. Their  feelings of trust & blossoming love are something that they are each earning on their journey. . Boyce brings the world of Ourea to life bit by bit, and in such a way that you feel as if you are a part of it.  As she brings each character to life you feel like you are right there & know each  individual personally.  As I was reading, I experienced their anger, laughter, pain, happiness etc..  It says alot for the author when  the book transports you right into the middle of the story. You can't go wrong by reading this story. You won't be disappointed. I really look forward to reading not only the remaining books in this series, but any other books that Ms Boyce creates in the future.~~Sherry Hoernig~~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read for fans of fantasy and Young Adult Fiction, especially as a free Nook book.  The point of view switches back and forth between the 2 main characters, but keeps a good pace and does a good job developing both the characters as well as the fantasy world around them.  Although there is clearly a developing love story, I appreciate a book that develops a heroine that does not immediately fall in love and become entirely dependent on her male counterpart.   I would be willing to pay for the rest of the series to find out how this adventure ends.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS AN AMAZING BOOK!!!!
IIP More than 1 year ago
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
jscottsharp More than 1 year ago
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.
Trisha-R 8 months ago
Lichgates (Book 1 of the Grimoire Saga) By S.M. Boyce *Disclaimer: I received this e-book for free from the author. The following review is my own. There was no input, promises, or compensation from the author. My review is freely given*. This was an entertaining read. There was a lot to take in from the moment that Kara enters the hidden world of Ourea. The writing brings a whole new world alive for the reader. The descriptions of the creatures and the landscape are so well written that you can easily see them in your minds eye. I look forward to more from S.M. Boyce.
IanAdams 8 months ago
All I can say is, ‘I can’t wait to read the next episode. – Fantastic!’ Join Kara as she tries to get to grips with the things that happen to her as she stumbles into a hidden (and very different) world. I couldn’t put it down.