Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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.
First Line: "In all your life, your only choice," Aunt Leonie said to her once, "is the path of needles or the path of pins."

Review: Crimson Bound started off to a really strong start for me. I loved the mythology of the bloodbounds, the forestborns and the Devourer. Crimson Bound had a dark undertone and things were kept interesting with all the twists and turns which were what kept me reading.

Rachelle was being trained to be the next village woodwife but one day she decided to try to befriend a forestborn in hopes he will tell her how to kill the Devourer, of course the forestborn are all pretty damn evil and he has no intentions of telling her anything except for turning her into a bloodbound.

As for the main heroine Rachelle I had a love hate thing going for her, at first I liked her she was complex, a total badass with blood on her hands but eventually as the plot moved along and the love triangle came into play I liked her less and less. Her self-pity just irritated me and then she made some incredibly ridiculous decisions. Also the love triangle it was all just to insta love. One minute she hates the guy the next she loves him another minute she thinks one of the guys betrayed her so she jumps in the bed with the other one..it was all just a little too messy.

Overall Crimson Bound probably wasn't the most memorable fantasy book I've ever read but minus the issue I had with Rachelle's character it was a decent read, if not for the characters read it for the mythology.

Memorable Quotes

~"I'm not painting you to hide you. I'm painting you because you're beautiful."

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