BOOK REVIEW: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

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.

*My Book Review*

DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge for an honest review.

Lichgates by S.M. Boyce is my second true fantasy novel for the year and, I must admit, I think 2014 may be the year of the fantasy genre for me!

I thoroughly enjoyed the set up of this book. Kara is neither a cry baby or a princess. She is thrown into a world she didn’t know existed and is stuck there as a result of the fact that she is one of the few people who can be called Vagabond. Her job is to bring together all the warring factions of the magical world of Ourea.

At times I found this book a little frustrating. The first half of the book, while it was a page turner when I was actually reading it, when I put it down, I was not so interested to delve back into it. But persevere with this – once you hit close to the middle of the book, the story takes off and really comes into its own!

At times, while the world of Ourea was supposed to be a violent, brutal place, I found there were just too many people willing to help out Kara, therefore not really substantiating this claim of violence.

Also, it was set up very early on in the book that it was Kara’s job to bring together Ourea into a unified country. This turns out to be the goal of the series, book #1 turns out to be all about collecting together pieces of a hidden map that will lead Kara to the Vagabond’s village. While I get that with a series there is a final goal to be achieved, I just felt the hidden map agenda which was the actual plot for this novel, was set up a little too late in the story.

What I really loved about this book though was the set up between Braeden – a royal son in hiding from his brutal father – and another son of royalty, Gavin. Both men will grow to rule different parts of Ourea, yet Gavin does not know his adopted brother is also royalty – and from a faction that the rest of Ourea uniformly despise. Because of an event towards the middle of the book, this storyline really becomes deliciously complex!

And the world building – so many new creatures to discover. I really loved how Boyce handled such a set up with so little effort.

Boyce’s prose throughout the whole novel is beautiful. Each descriptive is just the right mix of need to know blended together with flowery goodness – this is what probably helps to make Ourea so completely believable.

Overall I am giving Lichgates by S.M. Boyce 4 out of 5 stars.


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About the Author

Author S.M. BoyceInternational 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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4 Responses to BOOK REVIEW: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

  1. S. M. Boyce says:

    Hey there, Rachel! Thank you for the wonderful review. I’m glad you enjoyed Lichgates.

  2. Pingback: Stories I’m Writing #8: Kara & the Philosoraptor | The Write Stuff

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