Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.
Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.
To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.
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Treason, written by S.M. Boyce, is the second book of the Grimoire Saga. Taking place months after the end of Lichgates, a lot of things have changed since Kara Magari stepped into Ourea. Many characters seem to have developed a bit of attitude and are no longer putting up with Kara’s obstinance– which is a great change of pace from Lichgates. Her powerful allies finally exert their dominance, and create roadblocks and lose-lose conflicts that may not have been fun for Kara, but were entertaining as hell for me: I laughed so hard when the muse Adele bellowed, “Child!… You. Will. Sit. Down” and the First Vagabond also proved that he is not a ghost to be trifled with. With that said, those two have definitely become my new favorite characters. Rest assured; Gavin is still a conniving ass, but as the story progresses, he becomes even more complex and intriguing.
Boyce has also added a few characters to the cast, including a sassy isen named Stone that serves as the voice of reason, shutting down Kara’s ill-timed interrogation by asking if she’d “…like a monologue or a place to hide? It’s one or the other at the moment.” The Grimoire’s bestiary also gets beefed up with the feihl, creepy creatures with “no distinct smell” that can “crawl on the ceilings” and the vyrn— stealthy, untamable, telepathic reptiles that could probably sneak into a Tom Clancy book if they tried.
Treason is packed with such a dense plot that the narrative feels less attended to than in Lichgates, but one particular scene sent chills down my spine. As in my Lichgates review, this scene is too long to provide, but trust that you won’t be disappointed. And if you’re reading this series with me, you’ll know what I’m talking about on page 2172… and page 2967, and also page 4453, and– damn it, just read the book!
The most intriguing scene, however, occurred when Braeden had a revelation that seriously shocked the pants off me. And you know what, I’m going to risk spoiling it because it doesn’t quite come to fruition in this book. Regarding Braeden’s feelings for Kara, he notes: “Intimacy was a risk, one he’d promised himself he wouldn’t take again. His heart panged with guilt, and he caught Kara’s eye. Was that why he wanted her? Because she knew what he was, and because there was no risk?” Holy inner-awareness,
Batman Braeden! If this gun finally fires in the next book, coupled with Kara’s new problems, Heritage is going to go off like a bomb…
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