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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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Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.
Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.
To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.
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- Release date November 5, 2013
Kara Magari isn’t normal, even by Ourea’s standards—and in a world of shape-shifters and soul stealers, that’s saying something. To the royalty, she’s a loose cannon. To the masses, she’s a failure. But Kara’s arrival in Ourea started a war, and she’s going to end it.
An ancient isen named Stone takes an interest in Kara’s training, and it turns out he has more answers than he originally led her to believe. In an effort to unearth a secret that might end the bloodshed, Kara instead discovers an ugly truth about her family—and how much she has in common with an infamous mass-murderer.
Braeden Drakonin has slowly rebuilt his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. His father wants him dead, and frankly, his so-called allies wouldn’t mind that either. Private alliances are formed. Secrets are sold. Tension is driving the armies apart. A single battle will end this war, and it’s coming. Braeden may be a prince, but it will take more than that to survive. He must take the fight to his father’s door—and win.
International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.
S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.
Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.
Want to know even MORE? Gliterary Girl got you the info:
GG:Were books a big part of your life growing up? If so, what books would you say influenced you most as a child?
Boyce: Yes! My mother and father read to me a lot as a child, and when I was old enough, I read to them instead. One time when I was really little, I “read” Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. I didn’t actually read it, though; I’d just memorized the book and wanted to show Mom how “smart” I was by reading it to her. She saw right through me when I was “reading” words off the wrong pages. Haha!After that, we would sometimes sit around as a family and read aloud a book at night. Regardless, I was always reading and exploring new worlds, even if it was in my own head.
GG:When and why did you begin writing?
Boyce: I began writing when I was about 5. I wrote & illustrated a short story book about a lonely pickle, the last in her jar, and submitted it to some contest. It was a pretty morbid story, looking back, and I’m happy to say I’ve improved as a storyteller since then. You can actually read more about the tale in a blog post I did on the subject of author origin stories.
GG:Who encouraged you or what made you decide to write a novel and seek publication?
Boyce:I’ve always been an avid reader. When I read, I get to experience life in an entirely new way, through the eyes of a stranger I come to admire or love over time. It’s a thrill ride. And I devour fantasy because I love to daydream about worlds where the “impossible” is real. Authors like Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling, Tolkien, and more all led me to become a novelist. It was a natural transition from bookworm to author, really, and now I have to write every day or I get all kooky.
Publication is merely a means of sharing the stories I develop—there’s nothing else in the world like meeting a reader who loved my novels. It’s surreal and beautiful to hear a bookworm say my work inspired them. It makes me glow inside with an all-around happiness. I have a reverence for my fans.
GG: What drew you to write Fantasy revolving around Ourea, the hidden world in the Grimoire Saga?
Boyce:Ourea is a fun adventure into exploring our Earth. So much of the magical world is inspired by real people and places. If you want to see some examples of the images and locations that inspired me to write the Grimoire Saga, check out my Pinterest boards: My Swipes, Character Inspiration, and Creature Inspiration.
GG: Do we “see” some of you in your characters?
Boyce:I think every author writes elements of him- or herself into a novel’s characters. The trick is to find a balance between relatable and letting each character become a unique person.
GG: Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?
Boyce:It’s hard to pick a favorite child, but if you’re making me… I think I like Deidre best of the characters in the Grimoire Saga. Mind, that’s by a slim margin. But her backstory is heartbreaking, and you’ll get to see it in the upcoming Ourean Chronicles—a spinoff series that details the backstories of pivotal side characters in the core Grimoire Saga. Deidre in particular is fascinating because she is a study in how grief can go wrong if the victim loses herself to her pain. She’s selfish and arrogant, but driven by revenge and a lost love. Her character is rich and complex. And let’s be honest—we all love a good villain.
GG: What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
Boyce: I wire wrap gemstones as a hobby and love watching ghost shows like Ghost Adventures.[su_divider]
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