Crimson Bound was made for fantasy lovers and romance-a-holics.
Book Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Title & Author: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Retelling
Release Date: May 5, 2015
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
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.”
All the Stars
Oh. My. GOSH! Rosamund Hodge has done it again. She’s taken the essence of a story we all know – Little Red Riding Hood – and made it into something totally and completely unique.
In fact, think of the Little Red Riding Hood as more of a loose inspiration for the story.
Crimson Bound is set in a fae-dwelling world – they’re called woodspawn – with dark magic and French themes (names, words and settings).
Then add in life-altering revenge, an Darkling-type situation and unsuspecting heroes. This book is simply fantastic.
First of all, Crimson Bound has so many layers. We’ve got our conflicted heroine in Rachelle. After a mistake that has cost her her freedom and self-worth, Rachelle dedicates her life to killing the woodspawn.
The description of the woodspawn is a type of Brothers Grimm-style magic. It’s old and dark and malevolent. Also, it’s creepy (but not too creepy if you’re a wimp like me) and definitely sets the tone for the story.
Then we’ve got a twisting mystery, superstition, palace intrigue and so many more juicy details that make this story so rich and full of life.
Plus, there were so many things that happened that I just didn’t expect. They weren’t plot twists per se, but just exciting moments that throw you off the trail and make you rethink what’s really going on.
After her first book Cruel Beauty, I knew Hodge was an author to watch. Now, I know she’s an author to carefully follow all the places.
Note: Crimson Bound is a standalone novel, and it is not a part of the Cruel Beauty universe…despite their similar covers.
This book is an excellent fantasy filled with rich detail and melt-worthy romance. I absolutely loved this story, feeling lost in its exciting storyline and unexpected twists and turns. I cannot recommend Crimson Bound enough – it’s a truly remarkable read.