I received this book for free from Balzer+Bray, Harpercollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
on May 5, 2015
Genres: Adventure, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, High Fantasy, retelling, Young Adult
Source: Balzer+Bray, Harpercollins
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 have to be honest guys, it’s been three months since I finished this book, so please bear with me! 🙂
Rosamund Hodge is a sharp writer and she has proven it yet again in Crimson Bound. I remember first reading her first work Cruel Beauty, and seriously that book is one of my favorite books last year and of all time! Comparing both works, I still like Cruel Beauty first just because of the chemistry between Ignifex and Nyx. Somehow, I just didn’t feel anything between Armand and Rachel. And to be honest (is this a confession session? ha!), I read this book because I thought this was the Red Riding hood retelling that I read a synopsis about but it’s actually Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses. 😉
Okay, now that all of that is cleared up, what else do I think of this book? If I remember correctly, the writing is so effectively clear and descriptive. The plot twisted on the right places. It’s full of action and I read the book whenever I had the chance because it was that exciting! I love high fantasy fiction so if you like this genre, I’m sure you’ll love this book too. It has all the right ingredients we look for in a good high fantasy read- great story+ solid background + cool characters. I just didn’t like the romance bit of this book, it was honestly so meh. But the rest of the story? It was really really well written. Seriously guys, I think I’ve lost my ability to review books, haha! My words have left me.
Anyway, to summarize: if you like the synopsis and you like high fantasy and you like Rosamund Hodge, there’s no reason for you not to read this book.
Note: A copy was received in exchange for an honest review. 🙂