Crimson Bound

By Rosamund Hodge
Published 05 May 2015
Published by Balzer + Bray
Source: Edelweiss
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.)

I loved this book.  It had the same "style" as Cruel Beauty.  So much so that I am not surprised that they had to put a disclaimer on the synopsis that it is in a different universe.  They are easily put together without a second thought. 

I was very annoyed by Rachelle at the beginning- the beginning of the story was choppy and left out many details (much like parts of Cruel Beauty), but as the story transitioned to an adult Rachelle, the story flowed better.  This book read like a traditional high fantasy novel- and I loved it!

 I don't want to ruin any surprises but I will say, even if you didn't enjoy Cruel Beauty- you should pick this book up.  The writer has developed her style more and I found this one to be even better than her first offering.

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