Title: Crimson Bound
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Synopsis: 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.
(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.)
Review: When I saw this on Edelweiss I wasn’t going to request it at first because I thought it was a sequel to Cruel Beauty so I was so excited when the author said it was not. I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. I can already tell it’s going to be one of the best books I read this year. Everything about it was just simply amazing. EVERYTHING. Rosamund Hodge’s writing is entrancing, I had such a hard time putting this book down, and when I got to the end I wanted more.
I really enjoyed all three of the main characters, yes there is a bit of a love triangle, but for me it was a non-issue. To me it was such a small part that it didn’t bother me at all. I loved Rachelle, she’s a complex character, she’s unapologetic for the things that she’s done, she feels remorse for those things, she’s not ‘perfect’ and ‘badass’, she is a very real character. I’m not going to talk too much about the guys because I don’t want to accidentally give anything away. Erec, oh Erec, how I loved you from the beginning and loved you until the end. Armand was refreshing to see, he’s disabled, not something I have seen often in books, and I found him to be an enjoyable character. Both guys were frustrating at times, but great characters.
Crimson Bound is just an amazing book, with amazing characters, set in an amazingly built yet cruel world.
I received an ARC of this book from HarperTeen on Edelweiss. This in no way affected my review.