Author: Rosamund Hodge
Books: Crimson Bound
Genre: YA High Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling
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.)
Fairytale retellings have started popping everywhere within the last year or so and honestly, I have not had much interest in reading them. I was of the opinion that I knew the tale, what really could an author do to change it and make it better or different? Then I found this book and decided to give it a shot. The synopsis sounded AMAZING and the book definitely did NOT disappoint. I feel in love with Rachelle from the first moment I met her. We have a villain who is superb and I just can’t help but love him, we have a disabled hero, who is equally easy to love. There is a tiny bit of a love triangle, something I normally do not like, but Hodge wrote it so well that it didn’t bother me nor did I find that it hindered anything in the story for me. If you’ve not read this one, you definitely need to read it!