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.
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I just loved the tagline on this book: Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive. It really conjures up the overall feeling of the book and also the jeopardy the characters could be in for!
It’s really the type of book you can see a movie evolving from. Great characters, interesting setting and a typical Hollywood theme that would really work on the big screen.
Kara is a strong female lead, which is a rarity in these kind of books, especially when you have a human lead pitted against supernatural characters. Yes, she develops into a more magical character herself to compete, but the story still retains the kind ‘fish out of water’ you get from the likes of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ or the ‘Wizard of Oz’.
From a writer’s perspective, it was a little slow to start with and could have done with perhaps a prelude that had some action in. There were a few fantasy cliches in there, but they kind of worked, so they didn’t bother as much as if they had just been rammed in there to try to add to effect. The whole thing is written very well and the relationships between the characters are both surprising and a welcome change from the norm – the two main protagonists didn’t just fall hopelessly in love within the first five minutes!
I’ve seen two different front covers online – and this one (above) is by far the better. Eerie and pretty all in one – by far more attractive to readers.
Overall I’d give Lichgates 4 out of 5 stars – an epic new fantasy series that pushes it’s way of the norm just enough to capture your imagination.