I'm pleased to be part of S.M. Boyce's Treason Blog Tour today--she's an amazing author and Lichgates is one of my favorite books of all time. Without further ado:
Anyone who’s already read my review of S.M. Boyce’s Lichgates is familiar with how much I loved that book. The opener to "The Grimoire Trilogy" blew me away and I impatiently awaited book two.
Well, I’m happy to say that Boyce is back. And in a big way! Treason picks up right where Lichgates left off and doesn’t miss a beat in dragging the reader back into the magical world of Ourea.
The majority of the cast of characters is the same—which makes sense, considering their tale is far from over—but a few notable additions blend well with the evolution of some existing characters to create an environment that feels comfortable, but not too familiar.
Overall, the book moves along at a slower pace than its predecessor. It isn’t plodding, by any means, just a more measured pace that seems to indicate an author who knows exactly where the story is going and has the confidence to take it there as she sees fit. Never fear; there’s still plenty of action and intrigue to go around.
As the name suggests, betrayal plays a major role in this novel. In fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen betrayal explored to the level that it is in Treason—in any entertainment form. And, it is masterfully done, at that—none of the circumstances or situations come across as predictable or unbelievable. If there’s one thing that stretched my personal convictions a bit too much, it’s the sheer amount of forgiveness exhibited by Boyce’s characters. It’s a testament to their collective character (no pun intended), but I’m more of an “off with their heads” kinda guy. Still, I don’t think the average reader will mind.
Treason is a worthy—and welcomed—successor to Lichgates, and is the second book in "The Grimoire Trilogy." Book three is too far off to start holding my breath for, but Boyce had better not delay—I’ve got her email address!
I highly recommend Treason to fantasy fans and anyone who loves great fiction. Here’s a bit more about Boyce and her series. Enjoy!
Lichgates (Grimoire Trilogy #1)
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 along a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she's thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying beings that all want the Grimoire's secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, but most just want to control the new-found power the Grimoire bestows upon her.
Braeden Drakonin grew up in Ourea, and all he’s ever known in 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.
Kara cannot escape her new life in Ourea. There’s no going back now.
Grab Your Copy of Lichgates
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Treason (Grimoire Trilogy #2)
Ourea has always been a deadly place. The lichgates tying the hidden world to Earth keep its creatures at bay—for now.
Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.
Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.
To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.
Grab Your Copy of Treason
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About the Author
Boyce writes fantasy and paranormal fiction with a splash of humor. She’s a sarcastic twit, but she still has friends because some people seem to like that. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries. Feel free to connect with her online or check out more about writing on her blog.
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Posted on Wed, December 5, 2012
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