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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (September 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425272680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425272688
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Bloodbound

"Lindsey puts the hero back into heroic fantasy with action and intrigue and flawed but likable characters who, in complex political/personal situations, make hard decisions and stand by them." —Tanya Huff

“Strong romantic elements and a dash of humor enliven Erin Lindsey’s fantasy debut set in a kingdom besieged by dark forces and torn apart by betrayal.”—Jacqueline Carey

"Sturdy characterizations and intriguing magic anchor this solid series launch...By the time the relevance of the novel’s title to the bonds of family, as well as to battle and enchantment, becomes clear, Lindsey’s mostly balanced mix of romance and heroic fantasy will have captured readers’ hearts." —Publishers Weekly

"Palace intrigue, military strategy, and plenty of sword-fighting keep the story line interesting and exciting." —Bitten by Books
 

About the Author

Erin Lindsey is on a quest to write the perfect summer vacation novel, with just the right blend of action, heartbreak, and triumph. The Bloodbound is her first effort. She lives and works in Bujumbura, Burundi, with her husband a pair of half-domesticated cats.

Customer Reviews

I understand wanting to be tasteful, but this is so tasteful there is no passion.
ELH
Readers who love fantasy and romance will love the blend that Lindsey has put together with this book.
Deb@Debbie's Book Bag
It's an important part of the story, but overall it really only plays a minor role.
Addicted2Heroines

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Addicted2Heroines on November 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
There was so much that I loved about The Bloodbound. The military strategy, fierce battles, glory and heartbreak of war, and the strong, capable female protagonist in a traditionally male role all made this a win for me.

I adored Alix Black. She was first introduced to us as a scout, but we quickly see her running into battle, risking her life by defying her orders, and soon after she transitions to the role of Captain and personal bodyguard to the king. She was brave, loyal, clever, and could be a bit stubborn. I loved all of these qualities about her. Her only flaw was her decisions when it came to relationship matters.

The story does have a love triangle and I occasionally found myself wanting to skim through the romantic elements so that I could get back to the war and King Erik's fight for his throne. But it wasn't enough to take away from my enjoyment of the story. Also, I was surprised by the outcome of the love triangle and was actually rooting for the other guy.

The fantasy elements in this story weren't as strong as I thought they would be. There is some blood magic involved, but no wizards or witches, elves or fey, or even dragons. Priests and bloodbinders create weapons fusing blood and magic. It's an important part of the story, but overall it really only plays a minor role. The story is more about Alix supporting her king, protecting him from assassination, and the Banner Lords strategizing on how to get the king back to Erroman and how to win against the advancing Oridian army.

The Bloodbound has been one of my favorite stories so far this year. The characters were well crafted and the relationships were complex. It was intense, perfectly paced, and the gripping first chapter had me hooked. I'm anxiously awaiting details for the sequel. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb@Debbie's Book Bag on October 21, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Erin Lindsey brings readers, The Bloodbound, the first in a new romantic fantasy series, featuring swords and sorcery and a bit of trickery. Readers who love fantasy and romance will love the blend that Lindsey has put together with this book. It has all of the usual fantasy hallmarks, including an epic quest to restore the kingdom and enough magic to make things interesting, while also giving readers a good dose of desire. Readers who are hoping to bridge the gap between the two genres will find this book intriguing. A great new book, in a new series!

What I liked:

I have been a fantasy readers for many years and let me tell you, it sometimes gets a little one dimensional because epic or high fantasy tends to be all about the battle or the quest. Romance is practically non-existent, so when I found out that The Bloodbound was a romantic fantasy I was really excited. It's a great sub-genre but not one that is widely popular. I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Lindsey surprised me and surpassed my expectations in a lot of ways.

The world building in a fantasy novel is usually pivotal in whether it's a book I love or a book I hate. Erin Lindsey took a very different approach than what I expected. Fantasy novels often require a map and glossary for readers to get the true gist of what's going on, not so with this book. Lindsey was able to use a minimalist approach here. She gives the reader enough information but does not overwhelm them. There is no need for an information dump because she allows the world building to develop along with story, putting the characters in situations where their purpose and their beliefs become a part of the solution to the current problem. I liked that.
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Romantic fantasy is a new sub-genre for me. You all know I’ve read and loved Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin’s work. But The Bloodbound is fantasy with a huge shot of romance. And I liked it!

Right from page one, Ms. Lindsey throws her reader into the thick of battle and the plot of the story. She doesn’t spend a great deal of time with world building in the beginning. She lets her world unfold for the reader throughout the entire story. I was quite content with that because it’s not too complex of a world. It’s a pretty straight forward world of Kings, Queens, and Banner Houses.

The most complex the story gets is when they talk about the blood binding process and their belief system. I won’t spoil the blood binding details (phhhht, as if). However, I was intrigued by their worship of the Nine Virtues, which I think is related to Norse mythology, as best as I can tell. I had never heard of these before and anything Norse is pretty interesting to me (it’s in my blood). I figured the story had to be Norse based because of the spelling of the King’s name, “Erik” with a “k”. Very Scandinavian (as in my name, too… but I digress).

Speaking of Erik… he is one of three main characters. I almost hate to say this but there is a (dreaded) love triangle, sort of. I can’t say anything more than that… except perhaps that the triangle is resolved (at least to my satisfaction) at the end of THIS book.

But back to Erik. His character was heartbreakingly lovable for being a king. I almost enjoyed his POV more than Alix’s….. almost.

Alix is a great heroine and easy to like. She and her brother are all that’s left of their banner house so they are very close. She’s resourceful, smart, tomboyish, and oh so impulsive.
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