Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (ARC)

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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 recieved a free copy from the publishers via Edelweiss.

My rating: 4.5 stars.

“Her dreams were a tangled mess of blood and shuddering trees.”

I don’t know what to say about this amazing book. It is dark and full of shadows. There is no completely positive characters. The good too closely mixed with evil.

Rachelle is bloodbound. They are the people who have been marked by the forestborns, who are servants of the Devourer.

Rachelle has superhuman abilities, which are intended to kill. And she hates herself for it and wants to atone it with the murder of the huge evil of this world – the Devourer.

So she is looking for a sword that can kill him, and for this case she attracts Armand – a man with hands cut off and replaced with the silver prosthesis.
By the way, he is a false saint.

Now you see what Rosamund did here?
I am absolutely fascinated by her story, and I’d love to say much more (because Ahhhh, you have no idea how many secrets this story keeps), but unfortunately I can’t.
Yet.

I can say that I absolutely adore the characters. I really like the main villain, though his manic action is very scare me (trust me, it’s terrible).
But now my mouth is closed.
But I yell to you:
Do not
stray from 
the path
in
the Great Forest.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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