Review: S.M. Boyce – Treason


S.M. Boyce

Welcome to Reading Addiction Blog Tour’s stop for ‘Treason’. See yesterday’s post for my review of ‘Lichgates’, the first book in the series.

Kara is just coming into her powers as keeper of the Grimoire. In order to save the one she loves, she has to make hard choices and compromise her beliefs – but will it be enough after-all?

The official blurb:

Ourea has always been a deadly place. The lichgates tying the hidden world to Earth keep its creatures at bay—for now.

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 had high expectations for this book, and it met all of them. All of the action and romance and awesomeness that was in the first book of this series was present here as well, and I was really gripped.

 15764039Kara matures in this novel quite a bit. Her love interest, Braeden, also have to come to terms with what he is. It seems that as their characters progress, all the other Bloods are deteriorating into madness or some other such idiocracy.

I didn’t see Kara’s family history coming at all. The bit of foreshadowing that was included in ‘Lichgates’ for this I’d almost forgotten about, but then rediscovered that nibbly bit in my mind. Poor Kara, it seems like she’ll never have peace.

The title of ‘Treason’ is very fitting. There are so many kinds of treason and betrayal going on, it’s hard to pick which is my favourite. Am I allowed to have favourite betrayals? I’m sure that a rereading of this novel wouldn’t do any hard, as I’m sure I could pick more up from it.

I would have liked to see a bit more of the muses, and I felt that part was left pretty open. I can’t say too much, or I’ll give away all the surprises, but Adele wasn’t exactly thinking rationally about that I can tell.

There are definitely some deeper themes in this novel. The original Vagabond suffered and died, and he couldn’t keep his love safe, so he wants Kara to do the same. It’s entirely unreasonable of him. Kara gets the chance to choose life again, and of course, she needs something big to come back for. But for her, it’s not uniting the yakona who she never had a blood link to, it’s about peace.

The same thing that bugged me about the first one that I forgot to mention was Kara’s relationship with Twin. I didn’t really see very much development, except the tiara episode, because Kara is away so much. Maybe I missed something? You should get your hands on a copy of this trilogy and tell me if I did!

I actually have applied to get the ARC of this trilogy, which doesn’t come out until Fall next year. I think that means October for me, since that will be our spring. It’s far too long to wait in my opinion! If you don’t have copies of these books, get your hands on them immediately and read them. Or, if you can’t stand the suspense of reading them but not having the third book, buy them anyway and keep them for then.

Adults and teenagers alike would enjoy this novel. There are no sex scenes, basically no bad language, and only positive depictions of making hard life decisions the right way. Five stars from me.

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About the Author

S. M. Boyce writes fantasy and paranormal fiction. Boyce is a sarcastic twit, but she still has friends because some people seem to like that. She’s currently working on the YA epic fantasy series the Grimoire Trilogy. Lichgates, the first in the series, is already available. Treason (book 2) releases October 27. Feel free to connect with her online or check out her blog.

You can find her at:

Twitter: @theSMBoyce
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Not sure if you like my opinion? Good thing this is a tour! You can look at some other reviews, guest posts and promos at each of these tour stops:

November 1 – Reading Addiction Blog Tours – Meet and Greet
November 2 – Wonderland Reviews – Review/Interview
November 3 – Book an Appointment With Wisdom Books – Review/Guest Post
November 4 – Cozy Dragon – Review
November 6 – Overflowing Bookshelves – Review/Interview
November 7 –  Lizzy’s Dark Fiction – Review/Guest Post
November 9 – Hooked in a Book – Review/Interview
November 10 – Book Lovers Paradise – Review/Guest Post
November 11 – Spews of my Views – Review
November 13 – Bookishly Devoted – Review
November 14 – Book Nerd – Review/Guest Post
November 15 – Ashley’s Bookshelf – Review
November 16 – My Reading Addiction – Review
November 18 – Emily Ward – Review/Interview
November 20 – My Cozie Corner – Review
November 21 – Read a Holicz – Review
November 23 – Inside BJ’s Head – Review/Guest Post
November 24 – My Daily Obsession – Review

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