More fairy tale retellings!
I have been IN LOVE with these retellings lately, and now there’s going to be a second retelling from the lovely Rosamund Hodge, who also wrote Cruel Beauty, which was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I really enjoyed Cruel Beauty and I loved that it was a standalone, as is Crimson Bound, so I cannot wait for this book to release!
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.
Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?
Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.
(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.)
I bolded the last part because I follow Rosamund Hodge’s Twitter, and from a few of her tweets I gather she’s gotten this question a lot! There may be some confusion because the covers do look a little similar with the spiralling staircase. I’m actually very happy that this is a standalone because sometimes serials can become heavy and even though I love them, I don’t want every book to be part of a series; this happens a lot in the fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi/dystopia genres.
I’m really looking to see how Crimson Bound ties into Little Red Riding Hood. Cruel Beauty didn’t copy Beauty and the Beast perfectly, which I really liked, so I’m interested in seeing how similar Crimson Bound comes to its retelling.
Crimson Bound releases May 5th, 2015!