Author: Rosamund Hodge
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.
Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?
Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.
I fell completely in love with Cruel Beauty, Rosamund Hodge’s debut book, so I knew I needed Crimson Blood in my life. I mean, c’mon, a twist on Little Red Riding Hood and The Girl With No Hands? Yes, please. It’s not even that it’s a twist on fairytales that’s exciting, it’s more the fact that Hodge is the one wielding the pen. And she has once again shows her creativity with Crimson Bound.
This really is an interesting story that takes us on a fairly dark and twisted journey. I love the whole legend surrounding the Devourer, a powerful entity that has plunged the world into darkness once before, and now he’s set to return soon. This is definitely not something humans want to happen, because if it does, they become the hunted. On the other hand, the dark creatures of the Great Forest are very much looking forward to it. Rachelle, however, is determined to prevent it from happening.
Rachelle is a character I immediately liked. She doesn’t like what she has become, but she uses her skills to her advantage in order to protect people and find a way to defeat the Devourer. She’s pretty badass and snarky, so of course I was drawn to her. Even though she has a tougher exterior, she’s good to the core.
I do have to say the romance felt a bit odd and erratic to me at points. I completely understand all that went on and liked it, but I think the execution of it is what threw me. Ah, but I absolutely adore the banter and chemistry between Rachelle and Erec. Those flirty antagonistic relationships get me every time.
I also enjoyed the world-building. It’s rich and thorough, without over doing it. It didn’t cause my eyes to glaze over once, so bonus points for that (haha)!
Overall, I really liked Crimson Bound and look forward to whatever Rosamund Hodge writes next.