Today I’d like to introduce you to a talented new writer and a novel that will blow you away!
For months, I've been hearing about S.M. Boyce's The Grimoire: Lichgates. From Amazon to Goodreads to Twitter, it seemed that I couldn't go a few hours without encountering another person talking about this book--but they weren't just talking, they were raving about it.
I actively ignored the hoopla. To my credit, it was self-defense. With the current Blog Tour, a follow-up Blog Tour already scheduled, and a second installment in the Vaempires saga currently underway, my reading schedule is (and has been) at an all-time low. The last thing I need is more books in the TBR pile.
I'm not joking. I'm a book addict. I already have more books in my library than I can hope to read in this lifetime ... and I keep adding more. So, I tried to avoid Lichgates.
In a moment of weakness, I purchased the ebook (I prefer physical novels, but it's so hard to resist the lower price of ebooks). I then compounded that weakness by reading the book. Oh, I only meant to scan the first few pages to get a feel for it ...
I was unable to tear my attention away until it was complete; four hours--an afternoon in which Vaempires was neglected--and I don't regret one second of it. You can read my review of The Grimoire: Lichgates below, but here's information about the book and its author first.
The Grimoire: Lichgates:
The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it, and Kara Magari is its next target.
Kara has no idea what she's getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she's thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying things that want the Grimoire's secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most want to control the new-found power the book bestows upon her. Even if Kara does escape, Ourea will only drag her back.
Braeden Drakonin grew up in Ourea, and all he’s ever known of life is lying. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. He has one question to ask the book—one question that can fix everything in his broken world—and he’s not letting Kara out of his sight until he gets an answer.
There’s no going back now.
Watch the Trailer:
S.M. Boyce is a fantasy and paranormal fiction novelist who also dabbles in contemporary fiction and comedy. She's a sarcastic twit, but her friends seem to like her anyway.
She updates her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning (phht, who uses coffee?). Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to both be pompous and serve you french fries.
My Five-Star Review of The Gromoire: Lichgates:
In Lichgates, S.M. Boyce shows--in grand style and with a debut novel, to boot--that she is capable of joining the ranks of the genre's greats.
Her characters are charismatic and endearing. Their story is compelling. Her world overflows with magic, drama, adventure, and layer-upon-layer of intrigue and suspense. Boyce's storytelling is so rich and deftly executed that I found myself bouncing between pure amazement, unadulterated enjoyment, and absolute, perverse envy. She is that good.
Are there flaws? Of course--the fact that we must wait for the second book!
In fact, forget what I said earlier--Lichgates immediately places S.M. Boyce in the pantheon of fantasy writers. It isn't all wine and roses, though. In addition to the epic story Boyce must complete, she now has to contend with the monster of expectations that she, alone, is responsible for creating.
Bottom line: if you read only one new book this week ... this month ... this year, read this one.
PLEASE NOTE: S.M. Boyce is running a contest in which you can make a guest appearance in the final book of the trilogy! Check it out here.
Posted on Sat, April 21, 2012
by Thomas Winship filed under