The Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey

The Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey

The Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey

The Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey
Series: Bloodbound Novel
by Erin Lindsey
On Sale Date: September 27, 2016
Fiction, Epic Fantasy
Ace, 352 pages
Source: Publisher
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

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.

Filled with epic battles, beyond the pages characters, and heartfelt romance, BLOODSWORN is the final novel in Erin Lindsey's epic fantasy series Bloodbound which gives fans the stellar ending they have been waiting for.

One of the main reasons this series continues to impress and excite me is the page-turning blend of political intrigue, epic battle scenes, and characters, a strong balance of lead female and male leads, that find their way into you heart as they fight for all they hold dear. 

Lady Alix immediately caught my attention in Bloodbound and continued on to do so in Bloodforged with her fierce warrior, kickass abilities that balanced a woman of intense loyalty and passions. In Bloodsworn, Erin Lindsey notches up the tension as she sends Alix on her most challenging quest yet. One that takes her on a path away from her king and her husband, right behind enemy lines to destroy the bloodbinder that holds sway over King Erik and his court. Alix, for all her fierceness, is all woman at heart and it is so easy to feel and empathize with her, as well as cheer her on. She continues to be a favorite protagonist of mine and did not disappoint me in any way with this series ender. 

Told through alternating viewpoints, Bloodsworn masterfully weaves in the last final stages of the inevitable war between Alden and Oridia. Along with Lady Alix, the conclusion is brought ever closer with the voices of King Erik, Prince Liam (Alix's husband), and Riggard Black, her brother and fellow warrior to the king. 

Each is battling personal demons and the tension is great as the cost of their very lives and that of their kingdom rest on their shoulders. Told through multiple points of view, Erin Lindsey's writing makes it easy to follow each without confusion while the various views give greater details and range to this epic fantasy, often bringing heartache and danger to the forefront. I loved seeing Liam take on the kingship's responsibilities, and the in-depth look into Erik and Riggard in this final book. No one comes away unscathed but the rewards are worth it.

BLOODSWORN gave me all the twist, danger, and epic fantasy that I was hoping for. It's bittersweet to say goodbye to them. I do have hope that there are future books as I need more time with Riggard and even Erik.

Recommended to readers of epic fantasy, especially those who enjoy strong female leads and plenty of battle scenes and plotting, while balancing it out with a touch of romance and strong friendships.

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