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

S.M. Boyce
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


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

From the Author

The Grimoire Saga has been a work in progress since 2006, and is by no means small. After you finish the book, you can continue your journey into Ourea with the tons of extras I offer on the book's website, The Grimoire Online (

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  • File Size: 2400 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005W5L38G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,052 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lichgates Take 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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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great World, but some problems 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Imagine a fantasy novel with a taste of Lord of the Rings, Narnia and Harry Potter. You might sense the influences that must have guided debut author S.M. Boyce. From beautifully crafted descriptions and exposition to action packed thrills, it's all there: fight scenes that work, magic, shape shifting creatures, time-shifts and a cast of likable good guys offset by terrifying opponents.

Main character Kara Magari stumbles onto an ancient book while hiking on a mountain trail. The talking book, the places it leads her, and the characters will transform her life. Kara is bright, witty and funny. To survive she will need all of those attributes and the help of loyal friends. Part of the problem is she can't be sure who is friend or foe.

As the latest Vagabond, the World of Ourea is in her hands. It is said the first Vagabond was murdered for attempting to unite a shattered world. Now, Kara has the same assignment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and gripping
Enjoyed this book very much and will more than likely get the rest of the series. No foul language which I'm grateful for and looking forward to finding out what is in store for... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sarah Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book easy to read and follow the characters
Published 2 days ago by ray mooney
1.0 out of 5 stars I know others really like this genre
I don't know anything about the book. I read a few and realized it was not something I wanted to read. I know others really like this genre. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Pat Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
I got this book free, figured give it a try. I wasn't sure I would like the type of story.
Well let me tell you, I hated when I had to put it down. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Brandon
3.0 out of 5 stars quick, easy read
Did I enjoy this book: You know what? I did. I was hungry for some yummy fantasy goodness, and Lichgates hit the spot. Read more
Published 13 days ago by The Every Free Chance Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the pages turning!
I'm always skeptical when I download a free book because I know from experience that it's going to either be pretty good or not so great. Lichgates was a wonderful surprise. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Oriahna
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Great story. I was given a free copy and couldn't put it down. Excited to finish this series. Almost done.
Published 29 days ago by Northwest reader
4.0 out of 5 stars The book was good. It didn't catch my attention right away
The book was good. It didn't catch my attention right away, but once more characters starting being introduced, I really started liking it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katie Bunn
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, but not bad
I wanted to like this book more. The world building is well done and logical. However, the typical tropes of bad boy, who believes he's evil and not good enough for the "good... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars great character developement
Had me captivated from the beginning. Very well plotted,great character developement , and visually captivating. Must read more!
Published 1 month ago by George Corcoran
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S. M. Boyce is a lifelong writer with a knack for finding adventure and magic.

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