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Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Saga (an Epic Fantasy Adventure) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 4 in The Grimoire Saga (4 Book Series)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow! I devour books on a very regular basis, but rarely do I come across a book that makes me pause and ponder its greatness! S.M. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Jennifer L.
Amazing fantasy world! My first read by a new (to me) author, it won't be my last read by this author. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Roger & Jean Fauble
I was gifted a copy of this in audio book format
Kara Magari is Human ... from our world ... she steps through a Lichgate (portal to Ourea ~Pronouced Oh-ray-a~ ) and finds... Read more
This was a good story. Problems -too much going on. It could do with at least a bit more development in the beginning. There was a rushed feeling of cramming everything in. Read morePublished 10 days ago by C. Thibaudeau
Wasn't sure about this book ,however, I am glad I didn't give up. I am enjoying reading it, have to say it gets better as you go along. Downloaded next book in this series.Published 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
Wow! This was one of those fantasy books where you expect one thing to happen but am totally surprised when something completely different happens. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Mari Krugel
This is quite the fantasy adventure. Kara walks through the Lichgate and her life is never the same. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Erika Daman
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