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Lichgates (The Grimoire Saga #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,866 ratings  ·  410 reviews
The final page will leave you breathless.

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
Paperback, 3rd, 410 pages
Published October 15th 2011 (first published October 1st 2011)
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4 I want a Flick Stars

Overall, the story is great and I'm hooked. A few things that kinda put me off though is all of the descriptions which I thought took away from the story a bit.

But I understand why this had to happen in the first book - This is setting the stage for the rest of the series and now that we know who Kara is and what all the kingdoms look like in our imaginations, I'm hoping the next book is more plot.

I can't wait to get to the next one and hopefully find out how Kara's family
Kori Morris
First reads winner.

In the opening book to the trilogy written by S.M. Boyce, a girl hiking through the mountains stumbles into the world Ourea. Kara, finding a Grimoire with untold magic and the ability to answer any question asked if it, is almost immediately captured and thrown together with a subhuman type creature named Braeden, on the run from his dark inheritance.

I read another review saying that if this book isn't for you, you'll know with the first 50 pages. Well, it wasn't for me and I
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
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I started reading this book slowly, so I could enjoy in it longer. But today I started reading it and I totally lost myself in it. Before I could stop myself I finished this book and 3 hours just passed like that. I feel like I woke up from a dream.

At the beginning of the book it reminded me of Narnia and then I thought it has some connections with The Lord of the Rigs, and also I could see some stuff I saw in books for kids o
Nikki  Peterson
Jul 27, 2012 Nikki Peterson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy Readers
Recommended to Nikki by: ARR thru The Nexus Group
I just finished this and all I can say is "Whoa".
I was in a bit of a block and wasn't sure if I was gonna be able to get into this right now. Thankfully, I was surprised when I was sucked right into it from the beginning. There was no boring getting into the story beginning. The author tosses your ass right in the deep end from the get go. Loved it!

The characters and creatures of Ourea are nothing short of spectacular. They each have their own little quirks and surprises for you. I like the thin
Kirkus MacGowan
Wow! What a creative mind. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know S.M. Boyce the past few months and I can tell you, it doesn’t end here. Her mind is constantly teeming with new ideas.

The reader gets a great taste of that in Grimoire: Lichgates. Every chapter is filled with new and unique monsters, races, or lands. No orcs and elves here.

The one area I enjoyed most, which just so happens to be the area I had the biggest issue with, is her dialogue. It’s quirky, funny, and really gives the reade
I did not make it very far in this book, and despite the fact that it gets great reviews and I should have liked it, I did not. The characters did not make sense and I did not care to know them, the world building seemed formulaic. It bored. I just was not buying in like I do when I love a fantasy novel. Maybe this book is meant for a different group of readers. I found myself rolling my eyes over and over again. I knew when I was dreading to sit down and read more, and I was putting off reading ...more
J. Sharp
Anybody who has ever met me knows that what I like about books are characters. I still like plot-driven books, but I really enjoy well-rounded characters with some complexity.
S. M. Boyce has succeeded, in the best of ways, to create a complex, mysterious world that is peopled by complex characters that pop off the page and spark. The main character, Kara, is a young woman who stumbles on a hidden world, through a gate that separates our world from the world of Ourea. There she finds out that sh
Lichgates, Part 1 of the Grimoire Trilogy captivated my imagination from the moment I began reading.

I am a big fan of epic fantasy. Feist's RiftWar, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and similar stories with vast new worlds to discover have been a staple of my reading experience since I was a teenager. My true favorites, however, have been the epics that brought a person from our world and dropped them into the middle of the fantasy world. Lichgates compares well with such greats as Alice in Wonderl
Jessica Fortunato

I bought the novel Lichgates (Book One in the Grimoire Trilogy) about two weeks ago. All I knew at the time was the brief synopsis given on Amazon, and that I liked the author, S.M Boyce very much.
Here is the tale, and I warn you now, I cannot do it justice in one measly paragraph:

“Kara Magari is just a regular girl on a hike. One day she chooses to take the way less traveled by (not always the best idea Mr. Frost) and stumbles through a Lichgate. What is a Lichgate you may ask? It is a portal,
Christie Rich
What a fun adventure Kara's journey turned out to be. She's smart and sassy and this is how she looks to me:


Next is Braeden in one of his many forms:


Having just lost her mother, Kara is looking for an escape. When she goes hiking one fine afternoon and stumbles on a lichgate her life turns upside down. She is immediately drawn into an adventure of a lifetime and doesn't look back, well, mostly. She is trapped by a book that makes her its guardian. Along with the book comes a lot of responsibil
What? That was it? As I read this book I was mentally debating whether it would end up with three or four stars, but then it didn't . . . end, that is. It just stopped. Okay, I understand that authors and publishers all lean toward the multivolume work these days--call it the Lord of the Rings Syndrome--but this wasn't so much a book as an extended introduction. Nothing much was resolved.

Worse, while the story was pretty standard modern fantasy, I never really connected with the protagonist or a
This book is an enchanting high fantasy that draws on the essence of both The Neverending Story and Alice in Wonderland, plot devices from Stargate SG-1 and Narnia, and a quest like that of Luke Skywalker's. One of my first thoughts while reading it was if I were a filmmaker recreating this story, I would treat it in a matter similar to Watership Down...showing the human dimension in live action, and Ourea's scenes animated (Final Fantasy style at that). Simply, it would be very hard to render a ...more
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If you are ready to get yourself lost into a world of fantasy this book is for you!

Boyce does not waste any time jumping right into Lichgates. I don't think I was prepared to go head first into the story which left me a little frazzled and confused at the beginning, but then when Braeden came on the scene everything cleared up! (Welcome to My Pathway to Books where you will always hear about the Hot guy in the story :D ) I really loved t
Nikki Jefford
Alice in Wonderland meets Lord of the Rings

Kara literally falls down the “rabbit” hole and from there has all manner of creature and kingdoms to contend with as she makes her way through the lichgates of Ourea.

As with my favorite sci fi stories, there’s much more going on beneath the surface of The Grimoire. Once Kara is chosen as the new keeper of the Grimoire she becomes a vagabond and envoy to all the kingdoms of Ourea. Her mission of peace and discovery (just where does she belong and what
C.J. Sarcasm & Lemons
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Newsflash: YA high fantasy is alive and well, and it’s all right here in Lichgates. From the first chapter, I knew this was a keeper. Boyce throws you right into the action without any slow buildup, letting you figure out background details as you go along. Kara, her main character, is a realistic, bright girl with a kind heart and a good brain--but she’s far from perfect, so don’t go worrying about Mary Sue’s. Braeden is the perfect romantic
Rich Weatherly
Imagine a fantasy novel with a taste of Lord of the Rings, Narnia and Harry Potter. You might sense the influences that must have guided debut author S.M. Boyce. From beautifully crafted descriptions and exposition to action packed thrills, it's all there: fight scenes that work, magic, shape shifting creatures, time-shifts and a cast of likable good guys offset by terrifying opponents.

Main character Kara Magari stumbles on an ancient book while hiking on a mountain trail. The talking book, the
Dusty Holloway
This book actually put me in mind of the Fablehaven books, except a little darker and grittier.

Things I loved:

*The story was smooth flowing. There were no jerky starts and stops. Everything blended seamlessly.
Kara. She's a girl with a lot going on in her mind and heart. She can't escape the past, and it drags at her relentlessly. In her efforts to unite the people, she's met with derision, hate, trickery, treachery, and abuse, and yet she perseveres. There's something to love about a girl lik
Dec 10, 2014 Monica rated it 4 of 5 stars
This review was originally posted on Avid Reviews:

I have not read a pure epic fantasy in quite a while now, but after picking up Lichgates I remembered what I love so much about the genre. In the first few pages of the novel Boyce shows us a typical “portal to another world” fantasy, but the story quickly changes when the protagonist, Kara, walks through a portal to the world of Ourea. Boyce’s world building is both detailed and imaginative, with every scene pro
Nov 04, 2012 Bethany rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to read some awesome fantasy!

I recieved a copy of this book from Netgalley on behalf of Immortal Ink Publishing.

Now, I assumed this was a new book, it being on Netgalley and all. But, I've come to learn that that isn't always the case. Lichgates was apparently published in October of 2011, which baffles me because I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW I HAVEN'T HEARD OF IT!!!

This book was tremendous. Yes, tremendous! It's been out for a year and I've somehow missed it. But, no matter. I've found it now and that is all that matters.

Emerald Barnes
Lichgates by S.M. Boyce follows two characters, Kara and Braeden, during a journey in Ourea, a world tied to Earth through lichgates - or gates to other worlds.

While out hiking one day, Kara accidentally finds herself walking through a lichgate and falling into a hole in the earth where limbs began grabbing her. She falls into a library, with no doors, and the only furniture is a desk and chair with a red bound leather book sitting on the desk. Curiosity overcomes her, and she opens the book, s
Ray Bliss
The Grimoire: Lichgates (The Grimoire Trilogy #1) by S. M. Boyce

The Grimoire is a very imaginative writing that take the reader to another world which is part of our own, a hollow world setting. Kara, the protagonist, is quickly transported there from a Lichgate (wormhole/teleportation) which she travels through unbeknownst. She quickly discovers that she is now the keeper of a book (Grimoire) that holds all knowledge. Kara is known as the Vagabond as all the other races are blood bound to a mas
Robert Zimmermann
The Grimoire: Lichgates is the first book in The Grimoire Trilogy. In this first book the author, S.M. Boyce, throws Kara (the main character) and the reader into an entirely new work called Ourea. To get to this world, Lichgates are necessary. They are portals linking our world to the dangerous, yet beautiful, kingdoms of Ourea. They are scattered all over both worlds and it is through one of them in the Rocky Mountains that Kara stumbles.

Upon falling into an underground library, Kara finds wai
I love discovering new worlds! Adventures, missions, you name it, everything that has to do with a hero or in this case, a heroine, to bring balance to the world. One of the things that I enjoy to see is how that person struggles to understand the new “world” in which she finds herself, who tries to use magic, to survive in a totally different atmosphere from the one she’s used to and to learn how to get along with it.

The story starts when Kara is hiking in an unfamiliar path, a routine she usua
Kayleigh Grian
*Disclaimer*: I did win a free copy of this book from the author during a Twitter event. This however did not influence my review in any way.

In her debut fantasy novel, The Grimoire: Lichgates, S.M. Boyce successfully engages the reader in a wonderful yet at time terrifying new world, Ourea. Kara Magari has no idea of the journey she faces when she first discovers a magical book that transports her to Ourea. After losing her mother, Kara must deal with the fact that her father (and everything el
Shawn Wickersheim
A richly detailed, wildly imaginative, fantasy adventure with a cast of unique and interesting characters. I look forward to reading more by S.M. Boyce.

I know, I know, this is in no way a long review, however, I'm better at discussing a book with someone rather than 'reviewing' it. I guess it comes from working at a bookstore. Yes, I can give customers a 'quick' review of a book, but I'd rather 'talk' books with someone.

What did you think about the dialogue?

Overall, I felt it was some of the b
I really enjoyed this book once I sat down read it (previously it was when I had five minutes here or there). I liked this book because it was different. There is something refreshing about an author who creates her how world. To many fantasy or urban fantasy have the same run of the mill storylines and characters. But not this story. The author has created an exciting mystical world. The writing allow me to envision it perfectly. I wanted to have my own adventure in Boyce's land. I really liked ...more
My Review: 5/5*
Amazing, amazing, amazing! I am SO glad that I requested a copy of this to review: a book hasn’t captured me so much since Rowling’s Harry Potter. The book tells the tale of the twenty year old figure of Kara Magari and the shocking world she stumbles upon unexpectedly on one of her many hikes. She is thrown into the wonderful, dangerous and beautiful world of Ourea: a world in which she now carries the heavy responsibility of restoring the world’s peace. She has been chosen as th
I read many great thinks about this book on the web so my expectations where really high. But those expectations couldn’t prepare me for this book. From the moment I started reading I was completely hooked. This book is just amazing and in seconds you find yourself in a completely different world. I loved it from the very start. ‘Lichgates’ is a very original story about a young woman lost in a fantasy world filled with dragons, shapeshifters, muses and many other creatures. S.M. Bryce created a ...more
This is one of the best, most interesting stories that I've read for a while. I loved the characters and the story itself was just awesome. Superbly written, it just flowed. I didn't want to put it down and I can't wait for the next book in this series!
Thanks to S.M. Boyce for following me on Twitter so that I could discover her works. I love finding new books and this one was definitely worth it.
This will be a really short review. I am out of the words, this is an amazing book full of imagination and mythical charathers. A story that you wish that never ends.
The main character Kara Magari while hiking stumbles into a hidden world called Ourea where her adventures begin to start.
For all of you who love dreaming, reading fairy tales and fantasy books this is a book for you.
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“Remember that grief is a necessary pain. It’s your only way to heal. To starve it will destroy you.”~The Grimoire” 36 likes
“Maybe you’re so good at listening that you have no idea when to speak.” ~Braeden” 33 likes
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