Author: S.M. Boyce
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: October 15, 2011
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.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.
I could NOT put this book down. Within minutes of starting this book I was hooked.
We start off with Kara on a hike the gorgeous mountains of Colorado. She stumbles across Lichgate that turns her life upside down. This Lichgate transports her into the world of Ourea and evenutally into the Grimoire's locked library. From first the first sighting of the Grimoire, I knew it was going to be an adventure. The note along with the book confirmed it.
"From the moment you read these words, you will be hunted."
Now if that doesn't confirm your fate, what does? From there the story moves pretty fast, she instantly captured and meets Braeden. Braeden is the Blood Prince of evil King Cardin. He has been on the run for 12 years, trying to find a way out of his father's control and make their land peaceful again.
Braeden becomes her companion, or guardian, in a way. He helps her throughout the story with her trials and teaches her all about her new home. Even though Braeden helps Kara out, don't for a second think that she is a 'damsel in distress' character. Far from it actually. She isn't scared to fight back and to talk a little trash while she's at it.
I'm finding myself babbling, and I know I'm not doing the book justice. Just know that if you are a Lord of the Rings/Eragon type of person, I really recommend Lichgates. There are so many characters to meet, so many stories to learn and they are all woven together with a big pretty bow. All nice an neat and ready to be unwrapped by you, the reader.
Now, run. Go get it!