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The Bloodboundby Erin Lindsey
on September 30, 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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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…
The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey starts off right in the thick of the battlefield. There’s no slow buildup, it’s head first into a battle between brothers where Alix Black becomes a surprise heroine. She’s of noble birth but has taken up her sword as a part of the guard. She’s red haired, fiery and headstrong. And, she wins the hearts of two men. Yes, there is a love triangle which is resolved at the end of the book. I loved Erin Lindsey’s writing which combines magic, treason, action and romance. The characters are skillfully crafted–many of them won my heart and made an impression. There is a bold protagonist and bonds of both family & loyalty. Some of the battle and romance scenes were a bit too much for me personally. My overall impression of the book was that I liked the authors style and prose. Well written with a swoon worthy king Erik who is endearingly human yet strong.
Erin Lindsey is on a quest to write the perfect summer vacation novel, with just the right blend of action, heartbreak, and triumph. THE BLOODBOUND is her first effort. She lives and works in Bujumbura, Burundi, with her husband and a pair of half-domesticated cats.
She also writes fantasy mysteries as E.L. Tettensor.