Heritage: The Grimoire Saga 3 by S.M. Boyce

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“Kara Magari isn’t normal, even by Ourea’s standards—and in a world of shape-shifters and soul stealers, that’s saying something. To the royalty, she’s a loose cannon. To the masses, she’s a failure. But Kara doesn’t have a home to go back to anymore. This war-torn world is all she has left, and she’ll save it even if she dies trying.

An ancient isen named Stone takes an interest in Kara’s training, and it turns out he has more answers than he originally led her to believe. In an effort to unearth a secret that might end the bloodshed, Kara instead discovers an ugly truth about her family—and how much she has in common with one of the most evil men in Ourean history. 

Braeden Drakonin has slowly rebuilt his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. His father wants him dead, and frankly, his so-called allies wouldn’t mind that either. Private alliances are formed. Secrets are sold. Tension is driving the armies apart. A single battle will end this war, and it’s coming. Braeden may be a prince, but it will take more than royal blood to survive. He must take the fight to his father’s door—and win.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review. This is the third book in the Grimoire Saga, I reviewed the first two books here. It had been a while since I read the previous book so I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t remember what was happening but it came back to me surprisingly quickly once I started reading. I was transported back to the intriguing world of Ourea and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next.

Something I particularly enjoyed was learning more about Kara’s grandparents, it answered some of the questions I had and gave me a clearer insight into her heritage. In the previous books Kara always seemed to find herself in some kind of danger and this book was no different as there was lots of nail-biting action. Kara’s increased powers made for some interesting battles, one scene in particular had me on the edge of my seat – it was so exciting!

Running alongside all the action and excitement was a thread of romance which has been gradually gaining momentum as the Saga progresses. It became more intense and meaningful in this book and provided some much-needed peaceful moments between the action-packed battle scenes. The epilogue was tense and answered another of my questions, it leads the way for what I hope will be a fantastic finale.

The author’s writing was descriptive in a non-overwhelming way, it enabled me to picture each scene vividly in my mind which is quite an achievement considering how imaginative Ourea and it’s inhabitants are.

Heritage was an exciting and imaginative page-turner, another great episode in this thrilling Saga.

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Treason: The Grimoire Trilogy – S.M. Boyce

“Ourea has always been a deadly place. The lichgates tying the hidden world to Earth keep its creatures at bay—for now.

Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.”

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and give an honest review.  This is the second book in the Grimoire Trilogy, I reviewed the first book The Grimoire: Lichgates here.  I was hoping for good things from this because I had really enjoyed the first and I’m pleased to say I wasn’t disappointed – this one was even better!  There was plenty of action, weird creatures and magical lands but also more romance this time round and that just made it the perfect read for me.

I quickly fell back into the story and once again was transported to the magical world of Ourea.  I enjoyed the sparring between Kara and Braeden, in fact I enjoyed every moment between the two of them!  Their feelings were a real dilemma for both of them and watching them fight against it was fascinating and frustrating all at the same time, forbidden love is always something I love to read about.

Kara’s strength from the previous book carried through to this one and continued throughout, she seemed to feel more comfortable with herself and her abilities which was good to see.  She had so many difficult choices to make and there were times when I thought she had made the wrong decision. I wasn’t sure about Braeden in the previous book but this time I knew exactly how I felt about him, there were a few reasons for this but I don’t want to give that particular part of the story away so you’ll have to find out for yourself. 🙂

Once again the writing pulled me in, it’s amazing how such a fantastical world can feel so real and believable.  The storyline kept me on my toes, it shocked me on more than one occasion but only in a good way.  One of the bigger shocks came about when I discovered more about Kara’s family history, every time I thought I had it all figured out it would turn around and go in a completely different direction.

The epilogue really intrigued me and I can’t wait to revisit Ourea in the final installment Heritage to find out more.

This is an imaginative book filled with magic and deadly creatures but lightened with a hint of romance.

Treason is available now from Amazon UK, Amazon US, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords.

To find out more about S.M. Boyce visit her website, blog, Twitter page or Facebook page.

The Grimoire: Lichgates – S.M. Boyce

The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it, and Kara Magari is its next target. 

Kara has no idea what she’s getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she’s thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying things that want the Grimoire’s secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most want to control the new-found power the book bestows upon her. Even if Kara does escape, Ourea will only drag her back.

Braeden Drakonin grew up in Ourea, and all he’s ever known of life is lying. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. He has one question to ask the book—one question that can fix everything in his broken world—and he’s not letting Kara out of his sight until he gets an answer.

There’s no going back now.”

I was lucky enough to win this eBook during the Lichgates Hidden World Blog Tour.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from it and what I discovered was a seriously amazing story, I was drawn into the magical world of Ourea pretty much straight away!  It was action-packed, dark, dangerous and so intriguing, the wonderful descriptions of all the places in Ourea meant that I could picture everything vividly, it really captured my imagination.

I had many different theories and possible outcomes racing through my mind as I read this book but none seemed to be very accurate, this magical and scary new world that Kara found herself in was full of surprises and all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures.  There were many heart-stopping moments that had me on the edge of my seat and I just had to keep reading to see what would happen – this meant that I read the book in just one day, it was so addictive!

Kara seemed confused and quite naive at the beginning, but I suppose that’s understandable considering she had just found herself in a world that shouldn’t even exist in real life.  Towards the end, however, she seems to grow stronger and have more faith in herself – I enjoyed seeing this transformation in her character.

Braeden was a tricky one for me, he had been through a lot and seemed to be protective over Kara but I couldn’t figure out if he should be completely trusted or not.  I definitely had an uncomfortable feeling about Gavin though, he seemed very sly right from his first appearance in the story, I think he’s going to be one to watch in the upcoming books.

The ending was brilliant and left me wanting more so I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the trilogy.

This is an imaginative story that I think would make an incredible movie, I was hooked from start to finish!

The Grimoire: Lichgates can be purchased from Amazon.

To find out more about S.M. Boyce visit her website here.