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 no way out, 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.
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Lichgates, written by S.M. Boyce, is a contemporary fantasy and the first book of the Grimoire Saga. If you like your fantasy to have action, romance, and humor, look no further.
I did have some small issues with this book, but I’m glad I read it. Lichgates is one of the few first-of-series that know how leave loose ends for the next book without making the reader feel cheated, and I would recommend this book based on that alone… but there are so many other reasons.
The world of Ourea is alive– and stunning. Boyce’s well-crafted narrative stimulates all five senses, pulling you off the couch and into her world. Unfortunately, my favorite scene of all time is far too long to quote. I even considered showing you just a bit of it, but without context, it wouldn’t do the scene justice. Luckily, there are so many great scenes in this book, I can still share:
As Kara approaches the Drenowith judge, she describes, “[His] wiry gray eyebrows clung to his forehead and told her where to find his eyes if he did ever manage to open them.” I absolutely loved this line. Not only was it amusing to read, it painted an accurate, vivid, moving image. Lichgates is full of these descriptions.
In another line, I couldn’t help but laugh and connect with Kara when she closed the magical Grimoire, disappointed with its answer, and said, “you are the worst ouija board ever.” Luckily, I’m OK with strangers looking at me like I oughtta be committed, so thanks for that moment, Boyce!
Surprisingly, Gavin (a relatively minor character,) was my favorite character of all. He starts off as comic relief, but an unexpected plot development really turned him into a crucial player that I not only understood, but cared about. Luckily for me, I have a feeling Gavin will continue to be a major player in Treason (book 2,) so it goes without saying that I’ll be moving on to read Treason the moment I get the chance.
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