“Lichgates (The Grimoire Saga #1)” by S.M. Boyce
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she’s safe, her new “friends” show their true colors.
Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea’s monsters. 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 stranded girl, there’s something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
There was lots of cool world building going on in the story. It just tended to be almost too high fantasy for me and made for some difficult reading. I could never read for any long periods of time because the story was a bit much.
The mythos of the world was interesting but there certainly was a lot going on. I had a difficult time remembering who everyone was and the roles they played in the story.
I liked having Kara, a girl from our world, dropped in with this fantastical world. It was a nice bit of contrast that I haven’t come across in many high fantasy books.
The bottom line? Enjoyable enough.