The Bloodbound #1
by Erin Lindsey
genre: fantasy, romance
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…
Why I Chose the Book
Still working through the books from Cyber Monday or one of the other recent sales. Loved the description because I’m still in the mood for romance, but didn’t want a repeat of last year where I had practically zero fantasy novels read when the Goodreads report came in.
Usually, I write this portion of the review within the first 10-20% of the book. This time, I was so entranced that I didn’t start the review until I finished reading, so I don’t actually remember my exact thoughts. I do remember the relief of finding a book that I could get through in one go. I have about eight that I am half way through right now because I hit a point that I just don’t want to read any more but I also don’t want to leave the book unfinished. So I pause and start something new, planning to return when the goosebumps go down or my tolerance for gore returns.
Loved it! I saw the ending coming, but it didn’t matter. Not many surprises, but the romance and writing made up for it. I’m surprised it hasn’t gotten more ratings and reviews on Goodreads yet, so I may have stumbled on a diamond before the wave of popularity hits.
Pretty sure Lindsey is still writing the second book, so if you don’t like to start a series until it’s complete, wait. Otherwise, rush to Amazon or Audible and grab a copy!
5 out of 5 stars.
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