Crimson Bound, Rosamund Hodge
Published May 5th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Source: e-ARC from Edelweiss
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?
This is an extremely overdue review for a book that I really enjoyed. There were a few books that I read to keep sane last year while doing some very stressful hospital visiting and Crimson Bound was one of them. Wouldn’t you agree that a book that kept me focused while in an ICU waiting room sounds pretty compelling?
This will be short since I did read this forever ago – but Rachelle was an awesome Little Red Riding Hood. She’s not facing a Big Bad Wolf per se but something else that can devour her whole. This was a dark story and much, much more than a girl and a huntsman facing down one villain. That was what I loved about it! But in the face of it all Rachelle is so brave! She’s giving everything she can to her kingdom, while facing a terrifying future herself. Basically, she’s a badass. The romance moved a bit faster than I would have liked, but I liked the way it all played out in the end. The players were all in tense situations all the time, so I’ll credit for that for intensifying emotions.
This was a beautifully written book that became much bigger than I expected from the description. I highly recommend if you like fairy tale retellings!
Thank you Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss for this advance copy in exchange for an honest opinion.