*A copy was provided to me by the author for review*
Too often fantasy novels tend to “borrow” from each other, or follow the current trend. How many vampire novels did we see on the shelves after Twilight (not that I complained…)? And then there’s batches of novels that all have a blurb so similar that they might as well be the same. Don’t you sometimes just need to push past all these to a breath of fresh air?
Welcome to Ourea.
This gem of a book starts off with heroine Kara Magari stumbling through a Lichgate, which is the Ourea equivilent of the Wardrobe or a Portkey. They take you to a world different than your own. Perhaps from one part of Ourea to another, but in Kara’s case her world is turned upside down when she wanders into Ourea and ends up assuming the title of the very sought after Vagabond. Shortly after entering this brilliant and dangerous realm she meets Braeden, a prince with a tragic past and many secrets.
Sure, there’s tons of fantasy elements in here, from all edges of the spectrum. Muses, dragons, minotaurs, massive wolves, and the unique natives of Ourea that the author herself has invented. And magic, magic, magic. And, perhaps, you think, “How can one person mash all these things together in a YA novel and not make it the cheesiest of the cheese?” Well trust me on this, SM Boyce is one crafty lass. She weaves such beautiful fantasy realms my imagination begs me to keep reading so it can keep running wild.
My only complaint is that I want more! Haha, I’m very impatient, and knowing the next book is on its way is killing me.
Trust me, I am dying to dig into the next one, and I’m sure you will too. Definitely for lovers of Tolkein-esque series who want the fantasy, but not the bulk.
On a side note, is anyone still interested in that giveaway I mentioned?