When Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she's safe, her new "friends" show their true colors. Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea's monsters.
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 stranded girl, there's something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.
This is the first book in a four book series by S.M. Boyce. This book is 402 pages long.
After the death of Kara's mom her life starts to fall apart around her. Getting away is the only thing that helps and when she notices a mysterious gazebo in the middle of the mountains, she can't help but explore. What she finds is she has been transported to a new realm full of magic and what she thought to be a fantasy. While fighting for her life she meets her future self, the Vagabond. Kara must guard the Grimoire that many would kill to have. Kara may have some allies, but she has many more enemies. When Kara meets Braeden, her trust will be tested. Kara doesn't really know who to trust, because everyone's true intentions are being revealed and they aren't all good. All Kara wants to do is wake up and this just be a dream... Will Kara get her wish? Why is Braeden helping her? Why is she worthy of guarding the Grimoire?
This was a good fantasy book. I loved the twists and the characters were complex. It felt like there were a LOT more enemies than allies in this book, though. Having a female heroine that wasn't making the best choices in the beginning only added to her character's experience in the end. I was definitely not expecting the ending and was on the edge of my seat towards the end. This only has mild cussing and I would consider it readable to most ages. The only problem that I had with this book was how the author described some scenes. I was left really confused at a few parts, but other than that I would recommend this book!!