Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

My Rating: 4/5 Stars!

Cover Rating: 6.5/10 stars! I love the imagery of this cover and it made me interested in reading this story, but it isn’t completely my style. I feel like there could’ve been something different for the cover that would capture the story better.

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Publish Date: May 5th, 2015

Number of Pages: 448

Received: Through a epic reads insiders opportunity.

Purchase: Amazon


When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

Opening Sentence:

“”In all your life, your only choice,” Aunt Léonie said to her once, “is the path of needles or the path of pins.”

Rachelle remembered that, the day that she killed her.”


Crimson Bound was a book I had wanted to read since I first saw it in Barnes and Nobel in 2015. It’s been a long time since then, but I am so glad I was finally able to pick this book up! It has a great sense of lore and at times it is heart pounding and truly magical. It is an all around fantastic fantasy read!

What I Liked:

The lore. In between chapters there was a story separate, but also important to understanding the myth of the novel. The way this story is told in a fashion of the way old myths and stories are told to us as small children was really wonderful to see. It put a smile on my face and I really enjoyed it.

A-moralistic. Rachelle is not the only character that has done questionable things in the past. A few of the others have questionable pasts and intriguing back stories. In a way, I wish the story went to an even more into a grey area then it did.

Internal conflict. Rachelle struggles with herself. She has her inner demons and she doesn’t believe that she could ever truly atone for her sins. It also felt like she in some small ways was struggling to have a relationship with God despite her transgressions and that was really interesting to me.

The forest. The fact that the forest bleed into reality and is just as real as what is around is so curious and magical. The touches of this sort of mystical other place mixed in with the generally lush writing of the story was really cool. I loved this aspect of the novel.

Hate to love romance. Rachelle has good reason to dislike Armand. The slow burn and the way they get to know each other little by little made me happy. It was nice to see a romance that wasn’t immediate like many other ya’s seem to have.

Final Thoughts:

Crimson Bound is a retelling that takes you away into another land much in the same way that fairytales swept you away as a child. It’s beautifully written and tells a unique tale that fills you with wonder. It has action, adventure, and magic to capture your heart in its thrall. I really enjoyed this book and I hope you all give it a chance!

About the Author:

When my older brother was thirteen, he started a writing club with his friends and wouldn’t let me join because I was only eight. I promptly swore that I would become a writer and make him sorry.

He still isn’t sorry. (I checked.) But in 2014 I got to publish my first novel with HarperCollins, so I guess everything worked out okay.

Some other facts about me:

• I got a B.A. in English at the University of Dallas, and an M.St. in Medieval English at Oxford. Naturally, I moved to Seattle and got a job with computers.

• I love some things more than T. S. Eliot’s poetry. But not many things.

• I am represented by Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this if you’ve read it.

-Till next time!

10 thoughts on “Crimson Bound: A Review

  1. I’ve been meaning to read this for the last few years, especially after liking Cruel Beauty. Hopefully I’ll pick it up the next time I’m in a mood for a fairytale retelling

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  2. I’ve had this on my TBR for the longest time. I read the first chapter of Cruel Beauty, the book before this, and I just didn’t like it??? Maybe I need to give it one more chance.

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