The Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey

the-bloodforged-by-Erin-LindseyThe Bloodforged by Erin Lindsey
Series: Bloodbound #2
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Ace, 2015
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: Sep 29, 2015)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
368 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: As war between Alden and Oridia intensifies, King Erik must defend his kingdom from treachery and enemies on all sides—but the greatest danger lurks closer to home…

When the war began, Lady Alix Black played a minor role, scouting at the edge of the king’s retinue in relative anonymity. Though she’s once again facing an attacking Oridian force determined to destroy all she holds dear, she is now bodyguard to the king and wife to the prince.

Still, she is unprepared for what the revival of the war will mean. Erik is willing to take drastic measures to defend his domain, even if it means sending Prince Liam into a deadly web of intrigue and traveling into the perilous wild lands of Harram himself.

Only the biggest threat to the kingdom might be one that neither Alix nor Erik could have imagined, or prepared for…


  • I like this book better than the first book which doesn’t happen very often!
  • Lots has changed since the first book.
  • This book is much darker than the first book. The book is full of shadows and a sense of doom.
  • Portrays the darkness and savagery of war very well.
  • The Oridians are enemies worth fighting–especially the Warlord.
  • Lots of action throughout the book.
  • Lots of good characters in the story–Erik, Liam, Alix, Rig, Rona, the assassin and many more.
  • I like that we get more POV’s in this book and that characters such as Rig and Liam are fleshed out more. They’re both good characters.
  • I like that there is less romance in this story. We have relationships, but they’re not the focus of the story. That seems more natural in these dark times.
  • Lots of loose ends for the next book to pick up.
  • The ending was a complete surprise.


  • I understand why the story follows three groups of characters, but I didn’t enjoy that aspect. It constantly pulled me out of each story.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • This is a very strong second book in the series.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Erin Lindsey lives in Brooklyn with her husband and a pair of half-domesticated cats. She also writes fantasy mysteries as E.L. Tettensor

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge