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Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Grimoire Saga by S.M. Boyce

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.

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 Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.

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Kara Magari isn’t normal, even by Ourea’s standards—and in a world of shape-shifters and soul stealers, that’s saying something. To the royalty, she’s a loose cannon. To the masses, she’s a failure. But Kara’s arrival in Ourea started a war, and she’s going to end it. 
An ancient isen named Stone takes an interest in Kara’s training, and it turns out he has more answers than he originally led her to believe. In an effort to unearth a secret that might end the bloodshed, Kara instead discovers an ugly truth about her family—and how much she has in common with an infamous mass-murderer. 
Braeden Drakonin has slowly rebuilt his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. His father wants him dead, and frankly, his so-called allies wouldn’t mind that either. Private alliances are formed. Secrets are sold. Tension is driving the armies apart. A single battle will end this war, and it’s coming. Braeden may be a prince, but it will take more than that to survive. He must take the fight to his father’s door—and win.

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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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Title: The Grimoire Trilogy
Author: S.M. Boyce
Type: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Tea: Gyokuro Genmaicha, a delicious complex tea that wasn't quite what you expected when you first saw it, in a good way.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

 I was pleasantly surprised by Lichgates, Treason and Heritag. I wasn't sure what to expect, especially since it was being compared to some pretty big names, but I was not disappointed. S.M. Boyce is a master crafter of worlds. Very creative and complex. The characters aren't the typical characters you find in Young Adult literature today, a whiny girl and standoff-ish, swoon-worthy guy. Kara is someone that you would actually want to be friends with. And Braeden is actually someone you want to see the character happy with. Their relationship wasn't annoying, which is something I look for in a young adult novel, as I've put many of them down due to that very flaw.

S.M. Boyce wrote the book beautifully and transports the reader into Ourea. It takes a very skilled writer to bring a world to life. Yes, I can see where this book was compared to The Lord of the Rings and Eragon, but it has a life entirely its own and deserves to be judged on its own merit. The end of each novel had me itching to read the next one. Please keep writing Ms. Boyce, you're wonderful.  


  1. How awesome! I'm so glad you enjoyed Lichgates. And your last sentence made me blush. Thank you.

    If you're interested, I would really like to have you on my ARC reviewer team. Totally up to you, but it's fun. Here's the link to the signup page for more info:

    1. Thank you for giving the tour the opportunity to read the series! :) & of course, it was well deserved!

      I would love that! Thank you so much for asking! I'm going to sign up now. Can't wait!