Premise: When hiking in the Rocky Mountains, Kara Magari steps through a magical portal that takes her to the hidden world of Ourea. She becomes the m...morePremise: When hiking in the Rocky Mountains, Kara Magari steps through a magical portal that takes her to the hidden world of Ourea. She becomes the master of the Grimoire, a book that will answer any question she asks of it. Now, as the Vagabond, Kara must unite Ourea while everyone in it seeks to use her to their own ends or kill her if they can't.
Worldbuilding: First let me say that as a child I always daydreamed of traveling to another world and having adventures there. Not only does this book do that but it does it well, so it holds a special place in my heart. Not only that but Boyce twists the old myths of muses and demons into new races. Ourea is a beautiful vibrant world I enjoyed exploring throughout the story.
Characters: I grew to love both Kara and Braeden as the story progressed. Kara is strong of heart despite her past scars. I loved her intelligence and snark, even though that got her in trouble a lot. Braeden has scars of his own that he tries to overcome. He hides it well with his charm though. He had some of the best lines in the book. Even the villains were well rounded. They were not evil just because. Each had their own goals and reasons.
Story: Wow. Adventure, intrigue, and a little bit of romance. This story has it all and it is just beginning. This trilogy has the beginnings of an epic.
Pacing: It started a little slow, but soon picked up. By the last 100 pages I could not put the book down.
The Bad: The first few chapters dragged a little for me but not enough for me to stop reading. They soon gained momentum.
Overall: Get this book. This is the Neverending Story for a new generation.(less)
I have to say I liked Treason more than I liked Lichgates. While Lichgates had the wonder and discovery of a new world, Treason takes you deeper into...moreI have to say I liked Treason more than I liked Lichgates. While Lichgates had the wonder and discovery of a new world, Treason takes you deeper into the machinations of the Yakona kingdoms. It has a much darker feel, which I love.
You pick up with Kara and Braeden as Kara continues to try to unite the kingdoms and bring peace to Ourea. Unfortunately, everyone else has other plans and most involve using her.
Kara and Braeden's relationship really develops in this and what would The Grimoire Trilogy be without Kara's wit? I think the readers are the ones who truly appreciate it. The other characters certainly don't.
This story is filled with twists and surprises throughout the story. I have several "whoa" moments. However, the part of the story I liked best was the way Boyce used The Hero's Journey element for Kara. I always love this particular story element and Boyce did a good job.
The only real issue I had was that it started a little slow.I usually prefer my stories to be fast pace, but once we got to the Gala it really picked up and I found I couldn't put it down.
If you like fantastical stories with intrigue and interesting creatures, get this book.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. I found Alina to be a strong character, despite her insecurities in the book. Her flaws made her very real and easy to rel...moreI really enjoyed this book. I found Alina to be a strong character, despite her insecurities in the book. Her flaws made her very real and easy to relate to. I have also had times where I felt I didn't fit in anywhere. I also love how Mal grew throughout the book. Some of the characters really surprised me in the book, I won't say who. You'll just have to read the book. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. (less)
I would have to say that this book just wasn't for me. It has gotten some good reviews so this goes to show that everyone has different tastes. (If no...moreI would have to say that this book just wasn't for me. It has gotten some good reviews so this goes to show that everyone has different tastes. (If not this world would be a boring place.) There is a sensible start with the preface, solid description of a world and its peoples. The only detracting point to that is at the end of the preface where the author breaks with the entrance into the world by explaining to the reader that the story is full of disconnection in both location and character, but will all make sense in the end. It is not necessary to inform a reader that things will make sense in the end and sends the wrong message as to what to expect from the story.
The 4 main characters felt flat and 2 dimensional. The progression is jerky and without rhythm that would give the flowery descriptions a hand in fleshing out the world. I also felt the descriptions were over drawn for places that were mentioned in passing. This story is constantly shifting between character, locations and time periods to the point of almost utter confusion, with some level of connection to events most of the story gets left by the wayside. My personal opinion is to remove a lot of the superfluous material and stick with the story of the boy, as it has the most powerful plot (less)