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Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Saga (an Epic Fantasy Adventure) Kindle Edition

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Length: 402 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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"The Grimoire Saga has the potential to be a cult classic the likes of the Lord of the Rings." --The Eternal Scribe {Reviews}

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The Grimoire Saga has been a work in progress since 2006, and is by no means small. After you finish the books, you can continue your journey into Ourea with the upcoming Ourean Chronicles. Find out more on

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  • File Size: 1219 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005W5L38G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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S. M. Boyce is a lifelong writer with a knack for finding adventure and magic.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Cheri L. on June 18, 2013
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Lichgates: Book One in the Grimoire Saga by S.M. Boyce is a richly imagined fantasy which introduces readers to the strange and dangerous world of Ourea. The characters are nuanced and complex and Boyce isn't afraid to drive them up a tree and throw rocks, or knives for that matter, at them in order to raise the tension level. Her imagery, though occasionally odd, is vivid and pulls the reader deeper into the story. Kara as issues and troubles most can relate to: guilt over the death of a loved one, the challenge of knowing which is the right decision in a world of difficult choices. Braeden, with his hidden past and conflicting loyalties is somehow still admirable and sympathetic. The double themes of choices and trust are universal and beautifully explored.

The only drawback in this book is that Boyce occasionally mixes her images in a way that is counterintuitive. Each time she assigned an auditory sensation to a visual image, it made me pause and go, "huh?" a little bit. Still it wasn't nearly enough to stop me reading the rest of the book, which I enjoyed immensely. I hope you will too.
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Lichgates is a fresh, well-written, well-edited Indy-published novel that takes you through the extraordinary events that surround Kara, a human who stumbles upon a world filled with magic and terrifying creatures - many of whom would just as soon see her dead or use her for their own selfish aims.

Kara is an ordinary person, that lived an ordinary life, and such is not equipped for what lays ahead of her. Some choices will lead to tragedy, others... well she's always getting into trouble actually. Her smart mouth and independent American ways don't always lend well to diplomacy. The story revolves around her role as "The Vagabond". I found it interesting that she used this word for her role as it frequently had negative connotations throughout history. For example, in Middle English, its meaning was criminal, very apropos.

Braeden, her companion through the book, is a likable character I found myself frequently rooting for and loving the irony caused by his dichotomous role. And yet, he leaves you frequently wondering if his own ulterior motives will bring tragedy to the heroine. This tug of war between his own contrary intentions, whether conscious or not, brings a level of tension and angst to their relationship that Kara is entirely unaware of for much of the story, making me want to scream at her to be careful around him, to not trust him.

I liked that the hero of this story is actually a heroine and how Boyce handled the problems involved in her interacting with frequently patriarchal societies. Most of the stories of this type contain a male lead (Tolkienn's Frodo and Bilbo Baggins and Brandon Sandersen's Kelsier to name a couple). It seems I'm always looking for video games and stories where there is a female lead.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 26, 2012
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Once upon a time there was a powerful magician fated to unite the world of Ourea in peace. He died without his purpose fulfilled, but his spirit lives on in the Grimoire. A thousand years later the book finds Kara, a college-aged human dropped into Ourea by a lichgate in the woods, and tells her she must be the new Vagabond. Kara journeys to find three different races, many kingdoms with their own spectacular sights, a wide range of magical skills, and an amazing Grimoire with the answers to every question she asks. In some areas it seems like a combination between Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Sabriel by Garth Nix, and The Never Ending Story by Michael Ende.

Kara doesn't like her new unpaid position. She tries to escape and can't. She faces a gamut of physical challenges throughout the book as well as her own internal drama. The sad fate of her family haunts her. Kara is a spunky main character willing to face her fears and ignorance in the process of becoming a real Vagabond. She has to learn magic, the sword, and everything she can all about the new creatures and cultures she encounters along the way. Her yakona counterpart Braedan has his own agenda, challenges and strengths. He comes along for the ride since he has no real home, and provides familiarity with Ourea and crazy magic skillz including transformation and healing.

I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, a lot of thought has gone into the creation of the world. As someone who writes fantasy myself, strong world-building is not to be snubbed. There are both original magical species as well as kingdoms of people all having their own characteristics. No run of the mill vampires, zombies, etc. to be found in this book. There is a lot of good material here--lots of action, great sights, drama, conflict...
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52 of 65 people found the following review helpful By John E Hanely on June 22, 2013
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I know only a little over 100 reviews isn't all that much, but it should be enough to get a sense of the quality of the book.
Even the worst amazon reviews of this book don't really seem all that bad.

Well, here's my attempt to bring balance to the force, so to speak.

This book is unoriginal, poorly written, and poorly edited.

Unoriginal: It's a story about a normal-world young adult who finds herself transported to a magical place where she is the prophesied one who will save the world from evil. This by itself isn't too much of a bad mark - it sort of goes with the genre. Still, it doesn't win any originality marks.

Poorly written: There is very little in the way of proper character development. There is a decent amount of world-building here, but little effort is made to actually describe these inventions. Monsters and character races are given only cursory physical descriptions. Often details of a scene are left as an exercise for the reader to work out themselves. The writing perspective seems to shift between characters from one paragraph to the next in a jarring manner.

Poorly edited: Is it Deirdre or Deidre? The same character's name is spelled both ways, just a couple of sentences apart on the same page. There are run-on sentences and misspelled words.

In conclusion! Don't bother with this one. Life is too short to read bad books.
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