Published by Ace on September 30, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Romantic
Sexual Content: Non explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
Of all those in the King of Alden’s retinue, the bloodbinders are the most prized. The magic they wield can forge invaluable weapons, ones that make soldiers like Lady Alix Black unerringly lethal. However, the bloodbinders’ powers can do so much more—and so much worse…
A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. But when the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her sovereign.
Suddenly, she is head of the king’s personal guard, an honor made all the more dubious by the king’s exile from his own court. Surrounded by enemies, Alix must help him reclaim his crown, all the while attempting to repel the relentless tide of invaders led by the Priest, most feared of Oridia’s lords.
But while Alix’s king commands her duty, both he and a fellow scout lay claim to her heart. And when the time comes, she may need to choose between the two men who need her most…
Sword and sorcery with a kickass heroine that would do any urban fantasy proud, THE BLOODBOUND offers romance, intrigue, and a fast moving plot that will immerse readers in this new world. I've read quite a few fantasy novels in my day, and Erin Lindsey's mix of historical noble houses with a modern sense of gender equality was an enjoyable surprise.
Perhaps what makes THE BLOODBOUND such a light, enjoyable adventure is Lindsey's deft touch with familiar tropes. Though the nobility bears a less gendered burden of fidelity than usual, after flirtation actual marriage is still dictated more by duty and politics than love. And while this familiar problem creates more than one love triangle in THE BLOODBOUND, these thwarted lovers are never bogged down with melodrama. Even familiar Urban Fantasy tropes are sprinkled in with just enough vigor to offer spice, but not distraction. Alix's impulsive nature, as evident on the battlefield as it is in the bedroom, often lands her in peril but never tips into Too-Stupid-To-Live territory. While this light touch is generally a positive, it also creates a little less emotional weight in the dramatic moments, but that trade off that didn't detract much from my enjoyment.
Blending all the hallmarks of sword and sorcery with the modern, romantic feel of urban fantasy, THE BLOODBOUND is an effortless adventure that will sweep readers away. I only hope that Lindsey brings us back to this world for more happily-ever-afters.More Reviews:
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- For a historical fantasy with curses, betrayal, politics, try the series that ends with Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta - 5/5
- The Fire and Thorns trilogy features a young heroine that finds her own way through the politics and expectations of her rank, and it begins with The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson