Series: Bloodbound #2
Published by Ace on September 29, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Romantic
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: Kissing, non-explicit sex scenes, references to sex.
Reviewed by: Julia
The epic saga that started in The Bloodbound continues…
As war between Alden and Oridia intensifies, King Erik must defend his kingdom from treachery and enemies on all sides—but the greatest danger lurks closer to home…
When the war began, Lady Alix Black played a minor role, scouting at the edge of the king’s retinue in relative anonymity. Though she’s once again facing an attacking Oridian force determined to destroy all she holds dear, she is now bodyguard to the king and wife to the prince.
Still, she is unprepared for what the revival of the war will mean. Erik is willing to take drastic measures to defend his domain, even if it means sending Prince Liam into a deadly web of intrigue and traveling into the perilous wild lands of Harram himself.
Only the biggest threat to the kingdom might be one that neither Alix nor Erik could have imagined, or prepared for…
Classic sword and sorcery, but by no means a simple story, BLOODFORGED explores the intricacies of politics, war, and marrying your ex-boyfriend's brother. In this universe "victory" is more nuanced than defeating a single villain or weakness, forcing Alix and company to face heartbreakingly real obstacles as they fight for the alliances and resources that can turn the tide of a losing war. And upon this stage of high adventure and higher stakes, Lindsay's characters sparkle with wit, emotion, and relationships that ring true.
Much like its predecessor, BLOODFORGED is told from multiple points of view, and much like BLOODBOUND, this structure works very well. Liam may feel hapless as an ambassador, but his witty, self-depricating inner monologue makes his chapters a pleasure. Rigard, as well, is a fantastic narrator. Dashing, astute, and capable despite the great odds stacked against him. Erik and Alix, however, not only have a rough start to their journey, their point of view took awhile to get interesting. Lindsey continues to play with traditional romance tropes, showing the awkward aftermath of a resolved love triangle. And while their attempts to reestablish their friendship and working relationship feel real and interesting, they're not interesting enough to compete with what Liam and Rig.
The pacing of these different narratives smooth each other out, however, into a deceptively smooth trajectory that makes twists and turns all the more exhilarating. Lindsey's combination of wit, action, and intrigue brings a modern flavor to a classic genre, making this series one no fantasy fan should miss.Series Titles:
- The Bloodbound - 4/5
- The Bloodforged