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.
I loved this book so much! So much so, that like Cruel Beauty, it's one of my most favourite books of 2014! It was just that freaking fantastic! And it is not a part of the Cruel Beauty Universe, no matter how similar the covers of the 2 books are!
I really enjoyed her interactions with Armand, she's supposed to be his jailer in the guise of bodyguard, but she falls in love with him, tells him he's crazy, and stupid, which apparently other people have told him before. And yeah, they were just so cute together!
I loved all the twists and plotting that went around, and how some people weren't who they said they were, some where exactly what they seemed like, and yeah, finding out who fit in each group, was very, very entertaining!
Rachelle was dark. No kidding, she had to kill somebody to live, and she wanted to live. So there's that. And she wants to find a sword, so she can face the darkness. She's expecting to die, and yeah, it's pretty dark, but seeing how it ends up, that's just so, so, so good! Loved this book!
Part of the story, is the legend of Zisa and Tyr, and how they barricaded the Devourer away from the world. I really enjoyed how we got bits of the tale interspersed between the story. Though the part where the swords, Joyeuse and Durendal, where made out of the bones of a sister and a brother's bones who had a grudge to pick with the Devourer, yeah, that was creepy! And then it turns out it's not quite a legend, in the telling, so yeah, really enjoyed that twist there!
This was a really incredible book, and it just cements my opinion that Rosamund Hodge is an author that I have to read more of!
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Read: November 22nd, 2014
Reason Why: Loved Cruel Beauty, and yeah, it's a SAC 2014 Book, Sophomore Challenge Book, and it's going to be a WoW Book!
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Expected Publication: May 5th 2015