Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

cbTitle: Crimson Bound

Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer & Blay

Format: eBook
Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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 really don’t have many words for Crimson Bound, other than outstanding, amazing, and incredible. The world-building and characters were absolutely amazing, and I was sucked in from the beginning. This was such an interesting blend of two fairytales, what was wonderful was it didn’t feel like a re-telling of a fairytale. If the synopsis/author hadn’t mentioned what was inspired by, I never would’ve known. I think it can stand alone without any explanations, because the world building was incredible.

Rachelle. Oh my goodness where to start. She was never under any illusions about who she was and what she was capable of. She didn’t whine, make excuses, or sob uncontrollably over the twist her life had taken. She was strong, fierce, sensistive, kind, and cruel. She was a dichotomy wrapped up in a complicated package. She was unapologetic, and lived her life as best she could while knowing that she was a monster. I loved Rachelle and loved her ending it was just perfect for her. It was everything she had fought and sacrificed for and it was NOT happiness and rainbows but it was perfect for this character.

Armand was also a great character. He was so good at heart, and had an inner strength that was honestly amazing. I was horrified at what ended up happening to him. And even more horrified once the reader was filled in on the who and why. It was just frankly horrific, and the fact that he didn’t trust Rachelle made sense. It was hard to understand why he didn’t trust her, because the reader is so much inside Rachelle’s head that it’s easy to forget that she hadn’t told him her plans and what she was plotting. There were bits that felt clunky. Where the story felt like it was dragging, and that was  disappointment because the rest of the book was so fantastic.

The story of Tyr and Zisa was quite frankly amazing. It is what sets this book apart from other retellings. It’s why I think they need to drop the whole “inspired by” thing. No one cares, and quite frankly Rosamund Hodge put her own incredibly unique spin on it. It was unrecognizable from the original fairytale. I loved it. It was dark, sinister, but beautiful in tone. There was always hope. Rachelle felt like a tiny speck of grey in the blackness that the Devourer was trying to create. It was incredible.

Initially I was going to give this 4 out of 5 stars because of the clunky bits, but after writing the review I’m going to give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was incredible and if you love dark stories with perfectly, not perfect endings then this is the book for you.





4.5/5 – Fabulous Read, Recommended

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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