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.
Rating: 4.5 Star | Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Rosamund Hodge has got to be one of the most complete authors of these days. She has the ability to concisely render the worlds in her books perfectly without repetitiveness.
The magic method she applies is very well structured and rich, nothing is left unexplained. Nowadays most fantasy novels have underdeveloped systems, it is up to you to imagine or suppose the rest; things left to the imagination can be good sometimes but it’s very rewarding when an author actually knows how a novel works.
Her characters are imperfect and distinct which makes them more interesting. Hodge’s writing is always enticing and Crimson Bound was not the exception.
The novel in general had a slightly dark, eerie feel to it. Rachelle, the main character was as realistic as a heroine in a fantasy novel can be, she had her regrets and we could see her distress because of her actions, but the important thing is, that it was never the intention to depict her as a unflawed character.
The descriptions of the forrest and how the author gave it a life on its own was remarkable. Definitely helped bring the book to life and added to the storytelling an even more compelling touch.
The romance was very subtle but not weak. I liked the fact that I was half way through and although I tried, I didn’t know how it was going to end. Why not 5 stars? I think it was a very well constructed novel but somehow lacked impact on me, but just a slight amount.
I loved it, and I definitely can’t wait to read more of her upcoming novels
About The Author
When my older brother was thirteen, he started a writing club with his friends and wouldn’t let me join because I was only eight. I promptly swore that I would become a writer and make him sorry.
He still isn’t sorry. (I checked.) But in 2014 I got to publish my first novel with HarperCollins, so I guess everything worked out okay.
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