Wednesday 7 March 2012

Lichgates Hidden World Blog Tour ; Review & Giveaway

I’m really pleased Chocolate Chunky Munkie is part of the blog tour for The Lichgates.  I have to say that when I read the blurb I was quite excited; this sounded just my kind of book.  For my stop of the blog tour I have my review of The Lichgates.  

Also check out the awesome giveaway being held by author S M Boyce, there are some wonderful prizes up for grabs.  You can find links to the giveaway at the bottom of the page.

Released : 14th October 2011
Publisher: Pillum
Format :Kindle
Source : Kindle copy from Author
Author Site: S.M. Boyce

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Grimoire turns its own pages and can answer any question asked of it, and Kara Magari is its next target. She has no idea what she's getting herself into when she stumbles across the old book while hiking a hidden trail. Once she opens it, she's thrown into Ourea: a beautiful world full of terrifying things that all want the Grimoire's secrets. Everyone in this new world is trying to find her, and most want to control her.

Braeden Drakonin grew up in Ourea, and all he’s ever known of life is lying. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. He has one question to ask the book – one question that can fix everything in his broken life – and he’s not letting Kara out of his sight until he gets an answer.

There’s no escaping Ourea. There’s no going back now.

My Review:

I was given a copy of this book to review fom the author.

The writing style of this book is very descriptive and detailed.  This meant that the book is not a light and easy read, you have to take a step back and soak up all the rich detail.  This book is very imaginative and I liked the fact that is was set partly in another world. 

I will say though that it did take a couple of chapters to settle into the story. Once I got to know the main character a litte more and settle into the flow of the writing style everything was fine.

This is predominantly a fantasy story, it does get a little dark at times.  So don't expect this new world S.M Boyce has created to be all sugar and light.

My favorite character would have to be Kara, she seems a very likeable and multi-layered character.  I was really pleased to see how her character developed throughout the book. She is thrust into a new world and has to adapt with the demands and tasks she has a a Vagabond.  Her purpose as a Vagabond is to bring peace to the four kingdoms, in so doing this it will then fulfill the goal of the first ever Vagabond who died over a thousand years before.  So as you can see..... she has a lot to deal with and a lot resting on her shoulders.  I really liked Kara's spirit and the way she was able to handle situations, lesser people would certainly have crumbled.

Overall I thought this book was a worthy read and I would recommend it to lovers of the fantasy genre.  This is the first book in the trilogy and I have to say it has started off really well.  It certainly opens things up for the next book in the series.  I very much look forward to reading more!

Story: 3/5 - A worthy read.
About The Author:

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Dani Cotton said...

Great review, hun. The book sounds really interesting!
Is the giveaway international? :)

Dani xxx
Pen to Paper

Lauren @ Northern Plunder said...

Sounds like a book I need to read now!

Cassandra Geribo said...

I've been seeing a lot about this book, I'm really looking forward to reading it!!

Robert Zimmermann said...

I liked the review. You touched on many of the aspects of loved from the book.

I'm also looking forward to continuing to follow Kara's journey.

Unknown said...

Your review is spot on and I really liked the character of Kara Magari as well.

I'm looking forward to the next part of this trilogy and anything else that S. M. Boyce publishes!

Thanks for a great review of a favorite book, for me! :)

Shelby Young said...

To be honest I love books that take awhile 2 get into and have a lot of detail so I'm excited for this one. :-)

S. M. Boyce said...

Thanks for having me! I really appreciate you taking the time to review.

Thank you, everyone, for the kindness! For those of you who have read it: you rock! For those who are interested: I hope you enjoy it, and you also rock!

Also: yes! This is an international giveaway.

HilyBee said...

Very detailed review! Love it! :)

roro said...

love fantasy and this sounds grand

Doodle said...

Great review! I love reading fantasy books, so I will definitely be checking this book out!

Reviewing Shelf said...

Thanks. Sounds great!

Noree Cosper said...

Great review. I'm currently reading this one. It's pulled me in.

Eli Yanti said...

hey.. the review is great ;)

In Julie's Opinion said...

This sounds like my kind of book! I love detail in my reading, it helps me get into the book :) Thanks so much for the insightful review and the awesome giveaway:)

H.S. Stone said...

Great review, I can't wait to read it. Also, I like the videos of the author. It's nice to see an author talk to her readers like she did.

Wren B. said...

Love all the cool info and interesting facts.

Anubha said...

Loved the review

bn100 said...

I enjoyed your review, especially about the writing style.

Natasha said...

Great review!

Kelly said...

thanks for the giveaway! Glad you told me it took a little time to get into the book. Sometimes I get frustrated and leave it if I don't think it will pick up!

alicia marie said...

thanks for the review! it definitely peaked my interest and I'm gonna have to read the book now! and thanks for the giveaway : )

Lauren said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the book! Great review :)

Nyx said...

Great review, sounds like my kind of book.

Kara said...

Great review, sounds like such a great story! Thanks for the giveaway, looking forward to reading this one :)

Kayleigh Grian said...

Good review. I agree that this is definitely not a light and quick read due to the detailing needed to paint the world for the reader. But I will definitely say it is worth taking the time to read all the details, as the world is astounding!

I, too, cannot wait until the next one is out :)

IdentitySeeker said...

I've just got a copy of this book recently and was curious to see what other bloggers have to say about it. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Now I'm excited to pick up my own copy and start reading:)

Sarah Bibi Setar

Unknown said...

Like you, when I read this book I found that it took me a while to adjust. The chief thing that sold this book to me wasn't just the good writing--it was the imagination. I feel as though alot of fantasy nowadays(especially YA, which is more popular than ever) follows the same tropes and formulas. Granted, the whole "person enters a magical world" base isn't new, but the fact that Boyce did something imaginative with it is what really made me appreciate this book. The care and detail taken to create different races and creatures, whereas most authors nowadays just recycle creatures from folklore and myth. I'm really looking forward to the next book.

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