Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Tour Review and Giveaway: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

Lichgates by S.M. Boyce
(The Grimoire Saga #1)
Publication date: October 15th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Fans of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Eragon will enjoy this contemporary remix of the classic epic fantasy genre.

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.

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.

Lichgates is was a fantastic return to the fantasy that I grew up on.  As a lover of any good fantsy - the more imaginary creatures the better - Lichgates hit the spot.  Kara is sucked into a world of strange new beings and amazing creatures - some from myth and many she'd never heard of anything like before.  S.M. Boyce introduced all these creatures is a way that I was able to see them fresh, interesting, and many times very frightening for the first time - just as Kara did.  Even the various human-like races all had a unique twist that made them all stand out from each other.

The story itself unfolded very naturally and I loved every page of it.  Kara was a likable character placed in a very difficult position.  The future of Ourea has been placed in her hands and she hasn't even heard of the place before.  Her recently found Grimoire will try to guide her, but how far will the guiding go before it turns into orders?  Unsure of who she can trust and what their motives are, she finds herself mostly alone in this strange land.

The creatures Kara finds and her relationships with them realy made this book a winner for me.  Each creature and race has its place in her life and I loved them all.  This was a fantastic story.  When you throw in Braedon's struggle with his past and himself it becomes incredibly well rounded and a must have for yound adult and adult fantasy lovers.

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  1. This sounds very unique with easy ti like characters, too! I would definitely recommend this to a few people who are epic fantasy fans that I know :)

  2. I really love epic fantasy, in fact I'm a huge fan of the LOTR series, so this book would be right up my alley. Thanks for sharing