Sunday, 10 November 2013

Review: Treason (The Grimoire Saga, 2) — S. M. Boyce

 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.

My Review:

I think I’m a little slow. I read the synopsis multiple times and yet still couldn’t put Kara and ‘the thing they hate’ together. Maybe I was just too eager to start the book to spend time on guessing what would happen. As a reader I like to be taken for a ride, trying to guess the author’s path makes me feel somewhat detached from a good fantasy book. As you know I really loved the first book of this saga. The big question is: is it as good as the first book? The answer is yes, yes it is. Unfortunately because I had no more than a day break between the first and second book I can’t really compare which is better, I’ve been reading this as more of… a long story than separate books, such is the joy of starting a series when (some of) the other books have already been written.

The beginning of this book is written with links to the last book – just in case you forgot what happened and needed a reminder. For someone like me this is great! If there’s a gap between books it is very likely I could have forgotten something important and it saves me having to reread or skim the first book all over again before moving onto the next book.

I feel that the second book includes a lot more characters and we get a much better feel for characters beside Kara and Braedon. With all the sinister plots that go on, I am less optimistic about Ourea uniting. Finally the Bloods truly seem self interested and unable to pull together for any good cause. I liked this because it means the books aren’t heading in a predictable, rosy direction.

This second book has all the good stuff from the first – it’s got the vivid description, the personal struggles, betrayal, self discovery, interesting characters and enough happening ‘unseen’ by the reader to leave lots of surprising reveals. This book has a lot more danger in it than the first. Kara loses allies, is left alone and turned upon by Bloods. It makes this book a lot tenser than the first one which makes it all the more thrilling. The inevitable romance between Kara and Braedon is also refreshing with the constant push/pull dynamics. Are they both doomed to unhappiness?

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About the Author:

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.

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  1. Glad to hear you're enjoying the Grimoire Saga! Thank you for the great review.

    Oh, and if you're interested, I would love to have you on my ARC reviewing team. If you're interested, there's more detail here:

    1. No, thank you for sharing such a quality story!

      Thank you! I would love that and have signed up :)


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