Last Updated on January 1, 2023 by ThoughtsStained
“Not for you.”
I realize you have no idea regarding the significance of that line, thrown in out of context like that. But oh is there significance and feels attached to it. So I’m just being cruel and teasing you. Trust me, you wanna find out why that line makes you want to fist-pump the air into oblivion.
(But you can’t because you work in a public library. So you satisfy yourself by whispering, “Fuck yes” instead).
If you’ve read either of my reviews of the previous two books (The Bloodbound and The Bloodforged), you know I have some opinions (<– understatement of the year).
The first in the trilogy, The Bloodbound, gave me a feeling of nostalgia and home I haven’t felt in ages. I returned to a story focused in a realm and time of knights. A time period that I adore and is so close to my heart. These types of stories fueled me during my youth. There, I met Alix Black, who inspired me and encouraged me in a time where I desperately needed both of those things. By the end, I wanted to be a little more like her.
Hell, I still do.
Copy of The Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey graciously given by Literary Agent Lisa Rodgers in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Publisher: Ace Books | Release Date: September 2016 | Pages: 352
Age Range: Adult | Genre: Fantasy | Format: Paperback | Source: Agent
The bonds of family, love, and loyalty are pushed to their limits in this thrilling conclusion to the epic saga started in The Bloodbound…
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..
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Content warnings are written up by me, unless specified. Subject to being an incomplete list, though guided by referencing this list and trying to highlight as many as I can identify.
- In The Bloodforged, I couldn’t even properly describe how many emotions I experienced, so I forced to try and express myself through a lot of nerdy GIFs. It has been a while since I read a book where I kept telling myself, “There is no way this can get any worse,” only to be proven wrong. Over. And over. And over again.It was, honestly, quite fantastic, even if the ending resulted in me abusing my paperback as I threw it harshly against the ground in protest. At such a plot twist, I was both wary and excited to read The Bloodsworn; excited because I had to know what happened next, yet wary because I had a sinking feeling that the events to come would make the events in The Bloodforged feel like child’s play. And I was right.
- You know the advice writers get about being ruthless to their characters? How the best stories are formed by creating the worst possible conflict for your character to conquer? Yeah, Lindsey is obviously a master at this, because holy shit. Similar to book two, every time I dared to hope that the situation couldn’t get any worse, I was proven sorely wrong. More impressively, it wasn’t just one character going through some shit. It was multiple characters dealing with multiple problems, all of which were the most extreme circumstances where the worst possible thing that could happen usually did. But not only that, all of these situations affected and depended on the outcomes of the others. Oh, and with multi-POV, these events were revealed with expert pacing, so the tension continued to build and build until you finally reached that point where you had to know what happened to Alix, only to be shifted to Rig. Or Erik. Or Liam.
Rinse and repeat for 300+ pages.
Friends, this shit is gold.
Complete with twists and turns, political plots of epic expectations and threads that were woven since book one and sewn together neatly, The Bloodsworn was exactly what I wanted. And honestly, have come to expect, to end this fantastic trilogy. This entire series was such a refreshing and needed read. The characters are some I am not eager to leave behind. I’m so glad Lisa pointed this series my way. I have a feeling Lindsey will be an author I’ll be admiring for a long time to come. I can’t wait to see what she comes up next.
PS: I might have a crush on Rig. Maybe a really big one.
PPS: Can we get a spin-off story just on the adventures of Rudi? Talk about most underrated character.