Crimson Bound by Rosamund HodgeCrimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound

byRosamund Hodge

Hardcover | May 5, 2015

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An exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood and the extravagant court of Versailles, from the author of Cruel Beauty. A doomed warrior and the king's most notorious bastard must join forces to defeat a dark evil in this gorgeously intricate fantasy—perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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 a vain effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her hunt for the legendary sword that might save their world. Together, they navigate the opulent world of the courtly elite, where beauty and power reign and no one can be trusted. And as the two become unexpected allies, they discover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic . . . and a love that may be their undoing. Within a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Rosamund Hodge grew up in Los Angeles, where she spent her time reading everything she could get her hands on but especially fantasy and mythology. She is also the author ofCruel Beauty. She received a BA in English from the University of Dallas and an MSt in medieval English from Oxford. She now lives in Seattle, Washington.
Title:Crimson BoundFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:448 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.37 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.37 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006222476X

ISBN - 13:9780062224767


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was Alright The story was ok, the characters were ok, everything was just ok. I didn't love any of the characters (which is a huge thing for me). I like to really relate to at least one of the characters so I have someone to root for, but they were all just ok. The flow of the story was good and the writing was well done. I found Armand to be a bit underwhelming. I wish there was more development with Erec's character. Overall I did enjoy the book, just not my favourite.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from She wanted to live with every filthy desperate scrap of her heart. I liked Rachelle in the sense that she's not sorry that she wants to live. She's not sorry that she's selfish at times. There are loads of twists in the book, but I found the love story more believable in Cruel Beauty than in Crimson Bound. I just couldn't bring myself to truly care about Rachelle or Armand.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Retelling I didn't love this book like I loved Cruel Beauty, but it was still good. Some parts of the story weren't well explained, like the world building was very confusing even though it was still unique. Although I shipped Rachelle and Armand together, I didn't looove Armand. I found Erec to be a more interesting character. This was still original although it kinda reminded me of Throne of Glass.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love. I bought this book when it first came out (I had absolutely adored CRUEL BEAUTY) and it did not disappoint. The characters and the world come to life in a tale that is heartbreaking and beautiful. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dark, Macabre Much like her first book, "Cruel Beauty," Hodge introduces readers quickly to a dark and bloody fantasy world that is rich with details. This is absolutely a bloody novel, and she incorporates dark elements to the classic Red Riding Hood story. While this is a good novel, I wasn't blown away personally. The lead character, Rachelle, is direct, focused an determined. She is riddled with guilt for her past mistakes, and is determined to endure the consequences. Armand, the illegitimate but favored son of the king, is interesting.He seems kind, observant and intelligent. I did not believe their relationship, unfortunately. While they both deserve happiness, their connection seemed sudden and inexplicable to me. Overall, a good story but not a favourite for me.
Date published: 2015-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic retelling of Red Riding Hood that's dark and magical! I think Rosamund Hodge has secured a place for her books in my heart. I'm personally not that huge a fan on retellings, because sometimes it doesn't add anything new to the story and it'sfollowing the same usual fairy tale base story. What I loved about Cruel Beauty and what I love about Crimson Bound is that the fairy tales have a dark, fantasy twist to them. Crimson Bound is about Rachelle who was the apprentice to her aunt, who helped keep away the encroaching darkness that is devouring the sunlight. However, as a naive and prideful girl, she walked into the forest and was charmed into becoming one of the dark beings that she was apprenticing to protect people from. So she ends up working for the king and killing the monsters that emerge from the Great Forest, a great and terrible forest that exists on a slightly different plane than the human world. I love Rachelle and her character. She is ruthless and she has a one track mind in her regret over what she has done. She is fighting for her own beliefs, and to try and atone for her own past actions. I love that she is unrepentant for who she is and that she is (mostly) true to herself. Armand confused me a bit in the beginning as to his purpose (since I forgot allll about the synopsis when I started reading this). He is one of the many illegitimate sons of the king and Rachelle is charged with guarding him. He lost his hands to the evil powers that are threatening to take over the world, so they were replaced with silver ones. Also, because he survived the evil powers and isn't damned, like Rachelle, everyone sees him as a saint. There's also Erec D'Anjou. No matter what anyone says about him, I kind of really love him. He's the charming and playboy captain of the guard that Rachelle is on. Though the two are (somewhat) friends, he constantly teases her with kisses and with kind of just embarrassing her. This book is dark. Dark. Crimson Bound is a cross between Red Riding Hood and The Girl with No Hands. It's bloody and violent and magical. The lore is gorgeous and it's interspersed throughout the novel. There's also a lot of French inspiration to the book with the names and also the clothing and makeup as well. I love this book. However, the one thing that bothers me about this book is that there's a lot of religious talk in this book. A lot of religious mentions and also a lot of morality questions too. Crimson Bound is a gorgeous dark fantasy Red Ridinghood retelling that has me both satisfied and just wanting more of the gorgeous worlds Rosamund Hodge creates.
Date published: 2015-05-06

Editorial Reviews

Praise for CRUEL BEAUTY: “[A] fast-paced romantic fantasy.”