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
The Author has succeeded in this first book in creating some very well-rounded and complex characters, not too complex they baffle the reader, but just enough that the reader wants to engross themselves in their world and continue on the journey with them. The main protagonist is a regular everyday female; but this female is struggling with loss and a feeling of being adrift that, could in another Authors hands, have led to a very despondent and down personality. This is not the case here as, when she finds herself in an unusual and totally alien world, the character pulls on her inner strengths, talents and humour to make the best of her lot. Alongside her is a host of others that are equally well written and full of life, there are no elves or orcs as is usually the case in this kind of novel, but new a strange characters that add dimension not only to the novel, but to the main protagonist as well. The characters are written in just enough detail to pull the reader into their world, and make them care about the outcome.
It takes a great imagination and a certain writing style to bring to the page a world totally different from anything else in this genre, after all so many people have written this kind of novel in the past, but the Author manages to do this with grace and ease exhibiting a creative mind. Although the world she creates is full of amazing detail, but not bogged down with too much ‘fluff’, I did feel that at some points it could have done with a little cleaning up to make the descriptions more precise; regardless of this though it did not interfere in my enjoyment of this book in any way, and I am looking forward to reading the remainder of the Saga.
I would highly recommend this book to lovers of epic fantasy novels, it is also suitable for teens and YA readers.