Crimson Bound

Crimson Bound - Rosamund Hodge 4.5 Stars

“..You always have to choose between the path of needles and the path of pins. When a dress is torn, you know, you can just pin it up, or you can take the time to sew it together. That's what it means. The quick and easy way or the painful way that works.”

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.

With such a surreal setting and all the mystic talks about the Devourer, Rosamund Hodge has created a beautiful story which is different from the ongoing plots and still is a perfect read.

""I am Rachelle Brinon. I didn't listen to my aunt when she told me to stay on the path and save my own life. Damned if I'll listen to the Forest now.""

Rachelle strays from her path one day and finds herself in quite a predicament; she has three days to kill someone and become a slave to the forest's power or else die.

“I knew you lived,"" her mother said after a moment. ""Any daughter of mine would be ruthless enough.”

After choosing to survive, she works with everything she has to stop the Devourer and chases after myth to find a way to off him for good. She's a complex character but the strength with which she stands for what she believes is quite amazing.

“There were three of them, all with rapiers, and she had only a dagger. It would have been a wretchedly uneven fight, if she were human.

It was still a wretchedly uneven fight; it was just uneven in her favor.”

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