Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
The Devourer once ruled over Rachelle’s world with endless night. The Devourer and his Forest Born servants terrorized and killed all in their path, until Zisa and Tyr defeated him. But that was a long time ago and few people believe in the Devourer anymore. Even fewer believe that he’s coming back. Rachelle knows the stories are real, and fears what will happen if the Devourer is not destroyed once and for all. The problem is Rachelle is a bloodbound. She was marked by a Forest Born three years ago and will eventually turn into one. Even though she’s sworn service to the king she knows it’s only a matter of time before the darkness consumes her. Rachelle is desperate to find a way to defeat the Devourer, but the king has assigned her to protect one of his illegitimate sons, Armand, who has become a favorite of the people. Being a bodyguard severely limits Rachelle’s time to search for a weapon to use against the Devourer. At first she hates Armand for being in her way, but she slowly learns to trust him. Together they are able to defeat the Devourer and save the kingdom.
Crimson Bound is loosely based on the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. Hodge creates a very intricate and exciting world for this story to take place, filled with vivid imagery and detailed descriptions. The dark-fantasy aspect of the book is very intriguing. However, the plot and characters were disappointing. The romance between Rachelle and Armand felt very sudden and forced. Rachelle goes from hate to love quickly and with little reason for the change. The narrative meandered through the plot making it difficult to understand the purpose of some character decisions. It also felt like the book could have ended multiple times. When the story did finally wrap up, it was unsatisfying. Overall, the story had great potential but fell short of reaching it.
*Contains mild language and moderate violence and sexual content.