The Grimoire Saga Book #1
by S.M. Boyce (GoodReads Author)
Kindle edition, 402 pages,
Pub 2014, Acorn Valley Press, first pub Oct 1, 2011
Also available in paperback
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 nothing to do, 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.
Disclaimer: I was offered this book free on a "read and review" basis by InstaFreebie. This is my honest review for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review
I gave this 5-stars! I don't do that very often anymore. But this book is great! This is a series that I'm looking forward to reading this summer. Right now there are four books in this series plus other related books of the same world.
The story starts out with Kara just hiking along and trying to clear her mind of recent events and sadness. Her mother had died not long ago and she and her Dad were having a hard time with that. She's very familiar with the area having hiked it for many years. The weather starts to turn nasty and she's looking for some shelter when she takes one step too far. And she's in another world. She's in Ourea where things are very different. For one thing, they don't have humans. For another, they have magic and now she's got it. In fact, she's got the big one. The one that everyone else wants to have or to control or to destroy.
I think what struck me, in the beginning, was how calm she was about it. She didn't really freak out about it too much. She sees this ghost that gives her a necklace and she doesn't immediately scream and run the other way, which is what I'd do. But she's the heroine of the book, and I'm just the reviewer. She has to be pretty level-headed and brave to survive this place. She has no one she can completely trust to be on her side, not even the ghost, who is the guy who had her job before she came along. She can't trust him because he keeps secrets from her. So does Braedon, but she can't figure out why or what. But the ghost trusts him, and she accepts it.
But she does get a superpower, too. Though like all such things, it has a downside as well as an upside. She can touch someone and see their most influential memory. Not their favorite or worst, but their most influential one. The one that made the most difference in their life, the reason they are the way they are now. She sees Braedon's memory as well as the ghost's memory. And Braedon buys her a lovely pair of gloves so that she won't accidentally touch someone and get their memories when she shouldn't.
Kara isn't liked along the way, but these people aren't nice and they don't like other people. So, in spite of the fact that Kara tries to be nice and helpful, she doesn't make a lot of friends. Just one or two in some surprising places. She's very clever, but she seems to blurt out the worst things at the worst possible moments. I guess that comes with having a ghost whispering to you in your head about things that really should have been discussed in private before the crucial time.
She does find some time for romance in all this, of course. There have to be some benefits when a girl goes out to save the world. So, while I schedule in time to start reading the next book, you pick up this one and get started reading. You'll love it just as much as I did!
Book #2 of the Grimoire Sage is Treason