I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Published by Balzer Bray Pages: 448
Also by this author: Cruel Beauty
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.
“In all your life, your only choice,” Aunt Leonie said to her once, “is the path of needles or the path of pins.”
Wind gusted down the twisting nighttime streets of Rocamadour, whipping up the soft rain into a lash.
What I thought of this book
I will admit that I have never read the original fairy tale stories but I have read a lot of different versions of Little Red Riding Hood and this was so nothing like I ever read. The author also said it was part The Girl with No Hands, so I guess that is where the Kings son who has no hands comes in to play. This book was very strange and really hard for me to decide what I wanted to rate it.
Rachelle thought she could take on the forestborn and so didn’t listen to her aunt, now she is a bloodbound. She is one of the Kings bloodbound and is there to protect him and his household. After saving Armand from assassins she now has the job of protecting him as he is the Kings son.
She hates what she is and she wants to destroy the Devourer (who I am guessing is like the big bad wolf) and she need a sword (can’t remember it’s name) to do it and it is hidden and being Armand’s bodygaurd might just be a good thing as they are headed to the place it is suppose to be hidden.
There are a lot of twist and turns especially towards the end and it was just a really strange read. Some times it dragged a bit then other parts were pretty cool. The last 20% was probably the best part of the book.
It was an interesting read, but at the same time I am not sure I liked it that much so that is why I had such a hard time coming up with a rating. Some things were cool and others were just way out there and I didn’t really get how it had anything to do with Little Red, so that confused me. I would say if you want to read it give it a try cause you might just like it more than me.