by S.M. Boyce
Note: I am reviewing my own Kindle copy that I bought.
Lichgates is a YA Fantasy novel that breathlessly and easily folds the reader into the world of Ourea and its dark secrets. Human Kara Magari has unwittingly become the Vagabond after becoming trapped in a sunken library and opening a mysterious red book called the Grimoire. It's pages reveal only what is needed and when, and now Kara must continue the previous Vagabond's journeys to reunite the splintered kingdoms within Ourea. Unfortunately, her first step into Ourea lands her in hot water and she is captured by the most feared kingdom alongside a mysterious man, Braeden. Braeden's secrets are even darker than most in Ourea, but his strength of honor and his drive for freedom from his secrets make for an amazing partnership with Kara. Help is found in unexpected places, as is danger and deceit. Love and lies go hand in hand.
I won't go into more details...this has to be read to give it full justice! This is the kind of fantasy, mixed with contemporary, that gives our imaginations freedom while grounding us. It makes it believable on every level.
Positive: The depth of the characters, all of them, not just the main characters...is astonishing and does not slog down the story but helps it move forward and bring Ourea to life. I began to care about the characters right away, and was driven to finish the book in one sitting. The narrative is thoughtful and deep, and like the characters, does not bog down the plot at all, but is tastefully woven in with the action.
Negative: Um, it ended? (I had to buy the sequel and read that in one sitting too. Book 3 isn't available yet *cries*)
Rating: 5 stars of 5