Publication Date: 1st October 2011
Source: Own the paperback.
The final page will leave you breathless.
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.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.
Wow!!! It was exciting! loved the world building ranging from the amazing places of Ourea to the varied and unique characters. Loved It. Can't wait to read the next book in series.
After reading this I feel such an idiot that I had this book since April 2012 and it took me 4+years to finally transport myself to this amazing piece of the world.
This book was huge. I normally like to read a book in one sitting but it was not possible with this one. It took me over 3 days to finally read the last line. Those three days were amazing, all time I was either reading the book even while having my meals or thinking about the characters, latest developments, guessing what will happen next while attending dance workshops :P
STORY- Kara Magari is a 20 something sophomore from Tallahassee who loves here parents and hiking. While on one such solo hiking expedition on a completely new trail in the Rocky Mountains she walked through an unkempt Gazebo and unknowingly entered an entirely different world - Ourea.
Ourea is a magical, dangerous place hidden away from the normal human world in plain sight. Once a person steps into Ourea they can never go back to their normal lives.
Kara meets Braeden and they form a friendship. Braeden belongs to the most evil and hated kingdom of the Yakona race. He hates his kingdom and has been hoping to find Grimoire to become a Vagabond.
The story follows Kara's Journey of whether she will accept what Grimoire had chosen her to be and leave her older life for the new life in Ourea. Will Braeden will be able to fulfill is childhood dream of becoming a vagabond?
As the story progresses Kara will be facing many hardships and Braeden needs to overpower his demons if he wants to keep Kara's friendship and help n protect her in this dangerous world.
CHARACTERS- Boyce has introduced a lot of crucial characters in this book. All the characters lend certain significance to the story and take it forward with very interesting twists and turns.
All the characters carry some or the other secret, their bonds with each other and their loyalty or the enmity described is amazing. It felt like it was all so real as if they were real people who might be hiding in plain sight among us.
Apart from the lead pair I really loved Twin- she is like several of us who hides away all the sadness behind a convincing fake smile and who at the same time care for her friends and love to tease and gossip like any other normal girl.
I am looking forward to knowing all the characters more closely as the series progress and I really would love to know the First Vagabond more as he is irritating but I think there is a lot more to his story.
The world of Ourea in itself feels like a living character on its own. It has its own secrets and keeps throwing new facts about it to Kara and the readers. The people living in it, the unique variety of its very own flora n fauna and the amazing places in Ourea makes me feel like it will be very pleasant to see and know it personally with my own eyes.
WRITING- Boyce had successfully weaved a complex world with the support of very descriptive writing. She has presented everything so beautifully and linked everything so intricately that it feels like this could be a real world hidden somewhere on our planet.
I really loved the story and this beginning to the series has certainly made me eager for the other parts. I am really looking forward to living in Ourea. I am so relieved to know that there are 3 more books in this series, I will be definitely reading all of those. I really hope I get to see this book come alive on my TV someday.
The only reason I am not giving this book a full 5-star rating because It took some time to wrap my head around all the things happening and get some understanding of Ourea. With so much going on since the beginning of the story it was a bit difficult to have a clear imagery but once the story got into a flow with some idea of the characters and the workings of Ourea things started to get a little less complicated.
Now that I know how the things work in Ourea I am hoping I will be able to transport myself there and live in that world more easily in book 2.
My rating 4 out of 5.
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