The Grimoire: Lichgates Review of The Grimoire: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

This book was provided to me by the author for free in exchange for an honest review via the ARR program for The Nexus group on Goodreads.

Wow, the world building on this one was breathtaking. The world of Ourea is just full of so many things. Surprises are around every corner! Kara stumbles into this parallel world and finds herself becoming a Vagabond: A legendary and special being who has the ability to call a book called a Grimoire into her hands and ask it anything, it answers. She doesn’t want the job, but has no choice in the matter. She also acquires magical powers and allies that want to help her bring peace to the tumultuous land of Ourea. Ends up with some pretty harrowing enemies too. Along with Braedon Drakonin, a blood heir who is to assume the throne of the Stele, the most feared kingdom in all of Ourea, she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.  It has magic, suspense, and so many magical creatures and beings, definitely a world you can get lost in.

This book was a bit slow paced in the first half, world building and characterization can do that. I found that after the first half I was pretty absorbed into the story. The characters grow on you. They are rich and pleasantly presented. It is a large cast that is not overshadowed by any which one, each one has their part, and they play it well. This was a highly imaginative read and I desperately want to know what else is in store for Kara and Braeden, many questions are left hanging at the end of the story. This is a trilogy I believe so I assume these will be answered in future books. Can’t wait!
4 out of  5 stars!

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S.M. Boyce is a fantasy and paranormal fiction novelist who also dabbles in contemporary fiction and comedy. She's a sarcastic twit, but her friends seem to like her anyway.
She updates her blog ( a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning (phht, who uses coffee?). Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to both be pompous and serve you french fries.