The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

Posted On 7 September 2015

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The Bloodbound is one of my backburn books.  I’ve had it waiting for quite some time after picking up a copy following glowing reviews.  Why I waited so long remains a mystery but I’m very pleased to have finally started this series.  How would I describe Bloodbound – I would say it’s the perfect beach read for fantasy lovers!  There’s action, blood magic and romance and, yes, I would say that the romance does play a fairly central role but I enjoyed it.

The Bloodbound gets off to a fairly intense start.  We begin the book as a bloody battle rages.  Alix is a scout.  At the start of the story she watches the battle from afar and realises with horror that her King (Eric) has been betrayed on the war field.  The aid he is expecting is not going to arrive and he stands on the brink of massacre.  Completely disobeying orders Alix rushes to King Eric’s aid dragging along with her Liam, another scout.  What you must remember is that these are scouts and don’t normally make up part of the fighting contingent but Alix is bloodbound to her blade which does help to give her ferocious
precision with the sword.  Unwittingly, Alix becomes the saviour of the moment and although she’s never sought any particular attention or regard finds herself newly elected to the position of bodyguard to the King.  Eric has been betrayed by his own brother, who, expecting that Eric is dead has returned home to claim the crown effectively making Eric an exile.  In order to regain that which is his right he must bide his time and form a plan, all the while trying to keep the enemy at his door from swooping through his kingdom and massacring everyone.

That’s all I’m going to go with in terms of plot.

World and characters.  The world has an Arthurian feel to it almost.  Knights in armour, heavy warhorses and swords.  The difference here is that women go to war in this kingdom as well as the men.  In terms of the fantasy elements these are fairly thin on the ground and are mainly related to the blood magic that binds weapons to their owners.  This also plays a huge part in the dark magic that is used by the enemies in the story.

The main characters are of course Alix, Eric and Liam with a few peripheral figures that make up the King’s advisors and such like.  Alix is a very easy character to like.  She stands behind her own beliefs and isn’t afraid to speak up and make her thoughts known.  She’s certainly not perfect and very capable of making mistakes – particularly where her love life is concerned!  What I particularly like about the way Alix is written though is that she isn’t dainty or meek and mild (and let’s face it – it wouldn’t do to be so when fighting on a battlefield).  She’s tall and strong and has a fiery character that matches her hair.  Eric is also a character that I found easy to like – in fact truth be told I probably felt a little bit sad for him in more ways than one.  And then we have Liam, who yes, makes up the love triangle that develops.  Liam and Alix have a strong friendship developed over time that has forged something strong between them.  They’re in a little bit of denial about their own feelings at the start but things are beginning to change.

Now, I’m not usually for love triangles but I do think that this story is well executed.  I think my biggest problem with love triangles is that it makes me all judgemental (sorry but it’s true) about the person who is stuck in the middle.  I confess I don’t like it, probably because I wouldn’t want to be played like that.  That’s not to say that I don’t have sympathy for how the situation could occur it just tends to make me cross at the pinnacle character (that being Alix) and sad for the eventual character that will be left out in the cold.  (And, can I just say, I would have chosen differently than Alix – there, I said it!)

All that being said though, it would be difficult to not like Alix and like her I did.  It’s great to have such a tough female character who isn’t weak, can stick up for herself and isn’t afraid to play her part – even if it could mean a one way ticket to a tea party with the grim reaper.

So, in summary.  This is a fast paced, fun read with plenty of action tempered with a little romance.  I very much look forward to No.2.

This counts as one of my backburn books.  This is a theme run by Lisa at Tenacious Reader.  The idea being to try and read and review some of those books that you’ve let sit around looking all sad and gathering dust.  Time to show them some love.

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17 Responses to “The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey”

  1. avasterlingauthor

    This sounds pretty interesting.

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s well written, the fight scenes are well done and it’s fantasy with romance. I don’t tend to read a lot of romance but I do prefer fantasy so when I’m in the mood this is the perfect book for both combined.
      Lynn 😀

  2. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    No, you can’t stop there! That’s too much of a tease! I want to know what happens next in the plot!

    It seems like the cover art fits Alix’s character pretty well 🙂

  3. Steph

    Sounds like fun. I’m not big on live triangles either. My reasons are similar to yours but you like good books and a little light fun is needed sometimes. It’s good to know where to turn the next time the mood strikes

    • lynnsbooks

      That’s exactly the kind of book this is – if you want some romance with your fantasy it’s perfect.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    This title crossed my radar recently and I’ve added it to the “read as soon as you can” list: I’m glad to see a further confirmation that said radar sent the right signals my way
    🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I enjoyed it and it definitely hits the spot if you want some romance with your fantasy. Makes a change for grimdark and there are still plenty of battles that are very well written.
      Lynn 😀

  5. thecurioussffreader

    I have never heard of this, it sounds interesting. I am not the biggest fan of love traingles but sometimes, they can be fun (if it is well written). The synopsis sounds intriguing so I may or may have not added another book to my to-read list x)

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s a really good book if you like fantasy but you fancy something light with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. The characters are very engaging, it’s well written and still plenty of action.
      Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    I like the sound of the Arthurian world. I must admit though I don’t like love triangles either. They hardly ever pick the one I like!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yep, I was kind of hoping that the other chap would win the girl!! Ahh well, the thing with love triangles, and series, is that things are never as clear cut as they at first seem so who knows.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This was a great book, and at the time I read it, the story was exactly what I needed. Sometimes I just want a hefty dose of romance with my fantasy, you know? 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      I do know and I completely agree. I don’t often read romance but sometimes the craving is there and to get fantasy and romance is a definite win/win.
      Lynn 😀

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