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Sunday, July 17, 2016

AUDIO BOOK REVIEW ~ Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Saga by S.M. Boyce

Lichgates AudiobookLichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Saga
(an Epic Fantasy Adventure) 

Written by: S.M. Boyce
Narrated by: Kara Kovacich Stewart
Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins 
Series: The Grimoire Saga, Book 1
Unabridged Audiobook

When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she's safe, her new "friends" show their true colors.Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea's monsters. 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 12 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 stranded girl, there's something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.


I was gifted a copy of this audio book
I am new to SM Boyce and fairly new to Epic Fantasy Adventure
This sounded like a good book so I accepted the gift and took a chance

Kara Magari is Human ... from our world ... she steps through a Lichgate (portal to Ourea ~Pronouced Oh-ray-a~ ) and finds herself as Ourea's new vagabond, magical person with no loyalty to any house but desired by all houses as a powerful advantage
The first vagabond is inside her head and Kara doesn't like him ... she resists him and his advice so often I found it annoying!
I mean really? If you found yourself in a world of magic, different races of beings with different customs, magical creatures, strange creatures and those out to harm you ... wouldn't you, at the very least, try to accept his help and advice instead of fighting him constantly?
it's not like she could escape him ... I wish she had found away to at least stop sounding like a spoiled child ... i didn't see how her fighting him added to the story.
It just made her all the more childish and not worthy of being a vagabond.

Braeden is a much more likable character ... he's interesting
He has been living a lie for the past 12 yrs and struggles with his true identity and his the fate he is trying to avoid.
He is strong and smart and he befriends Kara over time ... they build a good friendship and a trust (so far as they can trust the other)

Kara is on a mission to unite the kingdoms in peace, she also must find the pieces to the key to the fist vagabonds kingdom
Her petulant attitude again gets annoying ... you are dealing with powerful races which you know nothing about, you have no idea how to use the magic given to you through the grimoire, and you have no allies as of yet ... you'd think she'd hold her tongue or play the part better!

I often found this book long and dragged on with bursts of incredible excitement and discovery
I enjoyed the story but felt lost in some parts, confused (many times)... bored!
however, i do wish to know what happens next
I wonder what will happen to Kara and Braeden next

I did, over all, enjoy the creative world of Ourea and the creatures within

Kara Kovacich Stewart is the narrator of this 13+hr book ... what can I say about her narration skills ....
She reminded me of my teachers in school reading a story book to the class  ... nothing extraordinary at all ... very bland ...although, she can do a hysterical emotion/voice like no body else but her characters lacked distinction ... a few she gave accents too and those just hurt my ears to listen to.

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