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Official Stuff –

Author – S.M. Boyce

Pages – 356

Series – Grimoire Saga

Publisher – Immortal ink Publishing

Summary –

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 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.

My Rating – 3 ½ Stars

*I received a digital copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Independent Book Publishers Association and Immortal Ink Publishing*

Kara is hiking along one day, minding her own business when she comes across what looks like a gazebo. This gazebo thingy is actually a Lichgate, a portal into an unknown world named Ourea. There, she half stumbles upon/half gets forced by magic to discovering hidden library. In this library holds a thousand year old book and of course curiosity takes over and she opens it and is then thrust into a world she doesn’t understand.

I mean she is very literally thrust into this world. She opens the book and BAM there’s fighting and kidnapping and death and a mysterious hottie of another species all within the next few chapters. Ourea is home to mystical creatures, yakona being the main species (I say species but they tend to be similar to humans). These yakona are also separated into different tribes, each one holding a grudge against all the other tribes for various reasons, they are a very warlike people.

Because she opened the Grimoire, Kara is now Ourea’s resident “Vagabond” which I suppose is something like a hippie. The original Vagabond, the one that created the Grimoire, well all he wanted was peace and for people to be free. See, each of the yakona tribes have royalty and these royals have total control over the subjects. And I do mean control, say a royal got bored and decided to make his/her subjects get naked and dance a jig, then as long as they were in close proximity, all his subjects get start getting naked and dancing a jig. The first Vagabond wasn’t entirely cool with the whole total control thing, so he found out a way to free people from the bond they shared with the royals.

Obviously that did not sit well and now there is room for a new Vagabond. I guess it’s her mission to bring the warring tribes together but that wasn’t exactly clear. There is one tribe more vicious than the others and they seem to be the “bad guy” but honestly the royals of all the tribes are a bit douchy and they all want Kara for their own selfish reasons. They all had issue with the fact that Kara was a woman too, which annoyed me.

The imagery in this book is downright amazing. The world of Ourea quite beautiful and the author definitely took her time describing the lands of the tribes and the creatures. It was a bit Middle Earth like but also different. There is tons of imagination in this book.

However, the characters felt flat for me. There’s no real depth and I also felt it dragged. This book just didn’t grab me. Everything also seemed too easy. Kara is suddenly thrown into a mythical kingdom and given magical abilities and she just kind of takes it in stride. The summary hints that Braeden is a bad guy but he’s actually very friendly and helpful. One of Kara’s tasks is she is meant to find pieces of a map and two of them are handed to her and she finds the others with no trouble at all.

It’s clear that Braeden is supposed to be her love interest but the sexual tension fizzles. There are a lot of questions left unanswered.It wasn’t a bad book, the author has a very vivid imagination and it shows but I often found my attention wandering away while reading and didn’t care that much about the characters.

I will continue with the series though.