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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

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 nothing to do, 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.

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

Novels in the Grimoire Saga:
Lichgates (#1)
Treason (#2)
Heritage (#3) 
Illusion (#4) - Available Fall 2014

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 (

Product Details

  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Acorn Valley Press; 3rd edition (October 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005W5L38G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,818 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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41 of 43 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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27 of 30 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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read! November 18, 2011
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This book was awesome and a total joy to read. The characters were intriguing and the story kept you in it's grip right to the last page. The writing flowed so well you were swept along with the story. I can't wait for the next in this series!!
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7 of 8 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and Creative!!! January 27, 2012
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It amazes me how someone could be so creative to invent a world, keep track of characters, what they do, and where they live. Each character being able to accomplish different magic and living in different worlds. I don't normally read these types of books I'm a fan of the murder mystery/suspense as you can tell from my reading list so I wasn't sure going into this book if I was going to like it or not. I'm glad I took the time to read it because I thought it was GREAT! Can't wait to read the next one and see where the characters go next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome February 29, 2012
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I am having a bit of trouble posting a review for this book. It keeps telling me no! I am trying again with a super short review.

I love the book, loved the world building, loved the characters, loved Kara's pets. I can't wait for the next one.

Ultra quick synopsis: Kara likes to hike and while on holiday with her father, she happens upon a door in a moutain. Through a series of events, Kara finds The Grimoire and becomes The Vagabond ina new world where everything is deadly. The people have waited a thousand years for teh next vagabond andnow that she is here, there are those who would use her for The Grimoire and those who would kill her. Kara must decide who to trust if she is going to live to try to bring peace.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I enjoyed every bit of this book and can't wait to start book 2 of the series. I am looking forward to re-reading this to my son. Happy reading....
Published 5 hours ago by jamie kauffman
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story...but
I enjoyed reading this adventure but found myself tired. There was a lot of action and little time for Kara to catch up with herself. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Rick Lippincott
5.0 out of 5 stars begging for more.
I got this book as an accident and now I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I love it. And my name is Kara which makes it even better.
Published 5 days ago by Karaboorainey
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad or good
I'm sorry but I just did not like this book at all. Did not capture my attention. Just uh yeah.
Published 12 days ago by Whitley Morgan
3.0 out of 5 stars Lichgates
Exciting read, lots of travel through a parallel universe that is beautiful and dangerous. The heroin is human and lost to this new strange world. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Cynthia Pitts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me interested from beginning to end. I cannot wait for the next in the series!
Published 21 days ago by Vicky Farley
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Love the book. Great read. I would recommend this book to everyone. Very enjoyable. Very pleased with the story line.
Published 23 days ago by Tanya
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Lichgates fits the mold of the popular sci-fi young adult book/series. It's not emotionally deep but imaginative and a good read.
Published 25 days ago by marci gehrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book.
This book has quite a bit of action, suspense, etc and was an all- around good book. I would definitely recommend it. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Michele Shaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Fantasy
Fantasy is one of my favorite literary genres, although I tend to have a hard time digesting third-person literature, but this book is by no means bad.
Published 29 days ago by J. Gallen
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More About the Author

S.M. Boyce is a fantasy and paranormal fiction novelist who also dabbles in contemporary fiction and comedy. Her B.A. in Creative Writing also qualifies her to serve you french fries. She updates her blog ( a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.

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