Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things--Ourea.
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.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.
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Okay so jumping in half blind has been working out pretty well in my favor lately. I knew what the book was about when I signed for the tour, of course I did. But long forgot about it when I finally sat down to read it. However, Lichgates started a bit boring for me. I'm not really sure what it was. After the first chapter I had to put it down, I went back to read the description and remind myself why I wanted to read it. It turned out to be unnecessary. After giving myself some time, the second chapter started much better for me and I was able to get into it. Though it probably wasn't until around the time I learned that the Queen/Blood Lorraine was "in the know" that I really got hooked (of course this is the point that made me like the Blood, so that chapter made me a little sad).
However, there were a few parts that seemed to drag. On the flip side, I there were times I felt like I was missing something. Things happened and I wasn't really sure how. I always worry about saying things like that, I don't know, maybe it was just me. There was this one part near the beginning Braeden and Kara are basically being saved by muses and I had to reread that part because I felt like I had missed something the first time. And, that was only the first time.
For the most part the book is written in either Kara's or Braeden's point of view, though when it calls for it we're given another character's. I liked the way this was done. I know sometimes I complain about how there are too many POVs and things are just out of hand. But I think this was well done, more so because I liked the characters, though I had to kind of learn to like Kara. I wasn't especially fond of her at first. Though I really liked Braeden and basically every other character more than I liked Kara at first.
Overall though the book did feel kind of slow to me at first, it felt like what I would call an "in between book". I feel like it's something I would mind picking up again to reread when I'm stuck in between books and am unsure of what I'm going to read next. I don't know I feel like if I reread it again I'd definitely catch things I didn't notice the first time.
About the Author
International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.
S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.
Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.
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