As the war between Alden and Oridia draws to its conclusion, the fates of both kingdoms rest on the actions of a select group of individuals—and, of course, the unbreakable bonds of blood…
Unbeknownst to most of Alden, King Erik, in thrall to a cruel bloodbinder, is locked away in his own palace, plotting revenge. To save her king, Lady Alix must journey behind enemy lines to destroy the bloodbinder. But her quest will demand sacrifices that may be more than she can bear.
Meanwhile, as the Warlord of Oridia tightens his grip on Alden, the men Alix loves face equally deadly tasks: her husband, Liam, must run a country at war while her brother, Rig, fights a losing battle on the front lines. If any one of them fails, Alden could be lost—and, even if they succeed, their efforts may be too late to save everyone Alix holds dear…
Worldbuilding: The world of the Bloodbound series was very well composed, the feudal, medieval-like kind of epic fantasy world where kings, knights, and ladies fight to save the day, while evil forces use magic trying to take over.
Characters: Alix was e very entertaining character, and she surprised me considering what I expected. She was brave, loyal, pretty badass, but also fun – which was pretty unexpected. I loved her banter with Liam most of all, and their dynamic brought out her playful, fun side.
Her and Liam had fun chemistry and they were a charismatic couple. I liked them together, though it wasn’t the main focus or anything.
Plot: The mix of some romance, adventure, action, and intrigue was a good combo. The tempo was pretty good, not too fast, as per epic fantasy standards. Maybe at times it was a bit slow for my liking.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, Alix’s POV. Epic fantasy style, with some humor which I liked and it surprised me.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – epic fantasy craving mood impulsive buy material.
I enjoyed the read, though it was my first in the series – which says a lot about the strength of the writing, when a world so complex makes sense so easily in the last novel of the series. I recommend it to fans of epic fantasy with strong female characters, and I rarely enjoy epic fantasy, lol.