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The Grimoire: Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Trilogy (edició 2011)

de S.M. Boyce

Sèrie: Grimoire Saga (1)

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The final page will leave you breathless.When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she's safe, her new "friends" show their true colors.Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea's monsters. 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 stranded girl, there's something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.… (més)
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Títol:The Grimoire: Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Trilogy
Autors:S.M. Boyce
Informació:CreateSpace (2011), Paperback, 362 pages
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Lichgates de S.M. Boyce

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I was given a copy of this book to read through The Nexus for an honest review, thank you.



I have to say boy, is this book long! The version for my NOOK is 444 pages and took me quite a few days to finish it since I’m not a skim/speed reader like many people.

First I like the cover. I like the simplicity and the aged look to it.

The book blurb does a good job of telling what this story is about as do the numerous other reviews so I won’t go on and repeat it.

I enjoyed the characters and the numerous creatures. The author did a good job of getting across not just the main character personalities and their weaknesses, but also the secondary characters. I like the pairing of the main characters Kara and Braeden and how their relationship is growing closer and also how they fight their own personal demons. I’m wondering where their relationship will end, or if it does. Braeden is destined for the Stele, or so it seems, and Kara is not a yakona, so it appears that there really isn’t a future for the two together, but who really knows?

The idea that the Blood of each group controls the actions of all their subjects is an interesting one. This means that none of the members of the kingdom has any free will over a matter if the Blood wants to use them in any way the Blood so chooses. True freedom is only reserved for the Vagabonds or to an extent the Blood. It’s going to be very interesting to see how the author unfolds this issue in the subsequent books.

Most of the time, it was easy to keep my mind on what I was reading, except for certain scenes. The pace was good during the dialogue and the action scenes, but as soon as the scenes reverted to the scenery or inside the ‘castle’ or how the rooms looked, the pace would slow down dramatically and I couldn’t keep my mind on the story. I kept trying to figure out why were those ‘scenes’ boring? All I can figure is that they weren’t very vivid, or that the scenes were more telling than showing, but it happened consistently.

The formatting is pretty good but there are some instances where the author wasn’t consistent with the honorific titles for the ‘Bloods.’ In the one scene with Twin, Kara and the tiara, Twin would refer to Gavin as Gavin numerous times and Blood Gavin only once even though he was the ruler of Hillside. That should have been caught by the proofer/editor.

This is an interesting read about a world that lives right alongside ours. The characters are easily visualized as are the action scenes, but the scenes involving scenery or environment are not rich enough in description or the way it’s told, to hold the attention. I would still be interested enough to find out where this story goes, so I give this book 4 stars.


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  Penumbra1 | Oct 11, 2022 |
This is the first book in the Grimoire Saga series and, if this book is anything to judge the others by, it is going to be a saga that can satisfy most readers.

The Author has succeeded in this first book in creating some very well-rounded and complex characters, not too complex they baffle the reader, but just enough that the reader wants to engross themselves in their world and continue on the journey with them. The main protagonist is a regular everyday female; but this female is struggling with loss and a feeling of being adrift that, could in another Authors hands, have led to a very despondent and down personality. This is not the case here as, when she finds herself in an unusual and totally alien world, the character pulls on her inner strengths, talents and humour to make the best of her lot. Alongside her is a host of others that are equally well written and full of life, there are no elves or orcs as is usually the case in this kind of novel, but new a strange characters that add dimension not only to the novel, but to the main protagonist as well. The characters are written in just enough detail to pull the reader into their world, and make them care about the outcome.

It takes a great imagination and a certain writing style to bring to the page a world totally different from anything else in this genre, after all so many people have written this kind of novel in the past, but the Author manages to do this with grace and ease exhibiting a creative mind. Although the world she creates is full of amazing detail, but not bogged down with too much ‘fluff’, I did feel that at some points it could have done with a little cleaning up to make the descriptions more precise; regardless of this though it did not interfere in my enjoyment of this book in any way, and I am looking forward to reading the remainder of the Saga.

I would highly recommend this book to lovers of epic fantasy novels, it is also suitable for teens and YA readers.

Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2013/10/08/review-lichgates-the-grimoire-saga-1-s-m-b...



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  Melline | Aug 13, 2022 |
This is the first book in the Grimoire Saga series and, if this book is anything to judge the others by, it is going to be a saga that can satisfy most readers.

The Author has succeeded in this first book in creating some very well-rounded and complex characters, not too complex they baffle the reader, but just enough that the reader wants to engross themselves in their world and continue on the journey with them. The main protagonist is a regular everyday female; but this female is struggling with loss and a feeling of being adrift that, could in another Authors hands, have led to a very despondent and down personality. This is not the case here as, when she finds herself in an unusual and totally alien world, the character pulls on her inner strengths, talents and humour to make the best of her lot. Alongside her is a host of others that are equally well written and full of life, there are no elves or orcs as is usually the case in this kind of novel, but new a strange characters that add dimension not only to the novel, but to the main protagonist as well. The characters are written in just enough detail to pull the reader into their world, and make them care about the outcome.

It takes a great imagination and a certain writing style to bring to the page a world totally different from anything else in this genre, after all so many people have written this kind of novel in the past, but the Author manages to do this with grace and ease exhibiting a creative mind. Although the world she creates is full of amazing detail, but not bogged down with too much ‘fluff’, I did feel that at some points it could have done with a little cleaning up to make the descriptions more precise; regardless of this though it did not interfere in my enjoyment of this book in any way, and I am looking forward to reading the remainder of the Saga.

I would highly recommend this book to lovers of epic fantasy novels, it is also suitable for teens and YA readers.

Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2013/10/08/review-lichgates-the-grimoire-saga-1-s-m-b...



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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  TheAcorn | Nov 8, 2019 |
This is an engrossing story. Boyce has created a well crafted, intricate world with wonderful characters. I could not put this book down! ( )
  tracymjoyce | Nov 16, 2017 |
Intriguing fantasy world

This world is amazing. So much to discover. The author created new species and realms. I love how every species has different abilities. My favorite character is Braeden. No one in this world can trust another. Loyalties can be twisted, free will taken. Lots of treachery. Various creatures and demons. Every thing you'd expect in an epic fantasy novel. Including a bit of love and heartbreak. ( )
  LisaRector | Sep 28, 2017 |
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I adored LICHGATES. It’s not my usual read, but Boyce is an exceptional writer with a very clever, POW story to tell. This would make a great movie. A great book. A great TV show. Great everything. I mean, Boyce sells it at the concept, but she doesn’t stop there. She delivers.

STORY
I feel like there’s nothing I can say to do justice to this story. It’s just a neat adventure! This novel in particular is about Kara learning what she’s intended to do, learning her fate, and also her exerting her own free will to accept her fate without letting her fate rule her decisions and overpower her heart. There’s some great themes in that alone.

EMOTION
Ms. Boyce has some SERIOUS skill in making the reader FEEL for the character. Very powerful indeed. You do not often get emotion like this in genre fiction; in fact, I cannot remember the last time I felt this way while reading a genre novel.

VOICE
Easily accessible and at times just purely poetic, beautiful, and clever! It’s not flashy or overdone, nor is it simplistic to the point of being dull.

CHARACTERS
I really, REALLY, *adore* Kara. She’s complex, believable, strong, kind, intelligent. But she’s not *perfect* or obsessed over in a love-interest way by everyone in the novel (which is what makes so many fantasy female leads irritating these days!). Kara is loved by many for non-romantic reasons (and for good cause) but also hated and endangered by many as well. Plus, the emotion in this girl! I think she might be stronger than me because I cried for her more often than she cried for herself—and that just goes to show how clever SM Boyce is when it comes to writing emotion and being in tune with her characters.

Then there was Braeden. Once I got to see Braeden in the regular story moments, I really came to love his personality and complexities. He had me laughing out loud even more than Kara! And, of course, you’re rooting for him and Kara to get together. I won’t say more than that, and I wouldn’t say this story has much of a focus on romance, but I’m betting the romance between Kara and Braeden will turn into something EPIC over the course of the rest of the series.

Regarding the First Vagabond: All I can say is the Vagabond has the best “voice” in the book and he made me laugh several times as well. If I could “do” anyone in this book, it’d be the first vagabond… If I can make a special request to the author, perhaps we can see the first Vagabond at least without his shirt on in one of the upcoming Grimoire trilogy books.

As for the secondary characters, I REALLY loved the lore of the isen (not saying more than that. You’ll have to read to find out. It’s SO original and SO SO SO cool that I’d love a book that focuses just on this species!) and I also really liked the character named “Twin”. She’s tender, simple, hurting, and just a sweetie-pie who manages to make jokes through it all.

THEME
There are lots of delicious themes here. Fate versus free will. The consequences of our decisions. The power of self sacrifice. War against peace. Hiding your true self and illusions and perceptions and so much more.

CONTINUITY
I have to commend Boyce because series withstanding, this book ALONE is epic. And somehow she managed to keep it at a normal length for a fantasy book. I also didn’t see any major logic flaws where the story was concerned, which is a pretty major thing and no small feat when you consider the epic complexity of this world and plot line.

DIALOGUE
The dialogue is KICK ASS! My only complaint would be that Boyce didn’t have MORE dialogue. She’s so so so good at it. It’s natural, it flows, it feels real but isn’t awkward in the way dialogue would be if you directly mimicked real speech. Gah. Really. Can’t say enough good things about her dialogue. Her dialogue scenes totally swept me off my feet and made me forget I was reading. Can I change the rules and give this category 6 stars? Really, the dialogue was THAT good. Only better.

SETTING
Readers of this genre will ADORE the highly-detailed descriptions of setting in this novel. And if you don’t like long descriptions, the good news is that Boyce doesn’t trick you by sneaking it in all over the place. She sets the scene, then moves on with the action. So if you aren’t big into setting, you can easily just breeze over those passages and get on with it.

THE ENDING
I thought that ending was thematic and really a good hook for book 2 while still giving closure to this chapter in Kara’s adventure. OH and the EPILOGE. Good Grief! That really did me in. LOVED it! EEP! SQUEE! EEEK! AHHHHH! Yeah. It’s that good.

If I loved Lichgates this much (being outside the usual audience - this is NOT my usual genre), I don’t see how a fan of the genre couldn’t want to marry this book. Seriously. Buy it. Say “I do”. And with this book, I thee wed.
 
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I wrote this book for you.   Stay awesome.

Thank you, also, to my beta readers: Dad, Syl, Aly, Chaney, Adrienne, Dustin, Mom, and Geoff.

Without you, everyone in Ourea would have slightly stranger names and would probably still be twiddling their thumbs, stuck in that typo-riddled dream called "draft one."
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The final page will leave you breathless.When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she's safe, her new "friends" show their true colors.Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea's monsters. 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 stranded girl, there's something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

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