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 no way out, 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.
For my stop on this blog tour S.M. Boyce has dropped by to let us know about her top 5 fictional worlds..
Hey there, beautiful people! I’m S. M. Boyce (call me Boyce)—fantasy author of the young adult Grimoire Saga. I’ve been invited over to chat about my favorite fictional worlds. There are too many to name, but I thought I would share my top 5 favorites.#5—WonderlandIf nothing else, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a fun, fun book. There’s just so much to Wonderland—it’s a treasure trove of the strange and surreal. Every time Alice stumbled upon something new, I connected more with the world itself. Though everything was intensely weird, it was exciting, entertaining, and adventurous—and that’s what I like best in a book.#4— NeverwhereNeil Gaiman’s Neverwhere is yet another intriguing world. It is an urban fantasy that examines the world beneath London that everyone ignores, which is rife with incredible creatures, magic, rebirth, immortality, oddities, the forgotten, and murder.One of my favorite images from the book was when an out-of-service metro car pulled up to the station where our main characters were waiting. It stops for them, opens, and reveals a royal court sitting on the train seats. Now I grin whenever an “empty” train car passes me in the metro.#3— OureaOurea is the world within my Grimoire Saga, so yes, I designed it. Part of me thinks that should automatically disqualify it from the list, but I have so enjoyed building the world of Ourea that I wanted to share a bit of it with you here.Ourea is a beautiful world full of terrifying things. It’s a hidden part of Earth that’s only accessible through portals called lichgates, and magic is very much alive here. The world is a character in unto itself, and often lures back those who have left it. According to the world’s legends, no one who belongs toOurea can escape it for very long.#2— Middle EarthNo, Middle Earth is not the most forgiving place. It’s pretty dark. Tumultuous. Dangerous. But the sheer expanse of Tolkien’s universe has always interested me. It has just as many beautiful and elegant kingdoms as it does dangerous and dark ones.Though bits of the Lord of the Rings trilogy dragged on too long, I pretty much always perked up when they arrived at some new city or kingdom. I couldn’t wait to see what new people and settings Tolkien would introduce next.#1—The Wizarding WorldThe world of Harry Potter is awesome. It’s a vast universe with a lot of fun to it. From the strange names to the candies to the pranks, there’s so much of the wizarding world to explore and love. Every book introduced some new location and new characters, and that was just one of the many reasons I personally fell in love with the books.How about you?So those are my favorites. What are yours?
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Praise for Lichgates
Wow, the world building on this one was breathtaking. The world of Ourea is just full of so many things. Surprises are around every corner.
From the first few pages into this story, it was obvious that Boyce has a way with words.
~Author Becca Campbell
Author S.M. Boyce
International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.
S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.
Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.
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