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

Review: The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

the-bloodboundThe Bloodbound
by Erin Lindsey
Series: Bloodbound #1
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Published by Ace, 2014
E-book, purchased
368 pages
Grade: C+
Synopsis: Of all those in the King of Alden’s retinue, the bloodbinders are the most prized. The magic they wield can forge invaluable weapons, ones that make soldiers like Lady Alix Black unerringly lethal. However, the bloodbinders’ powers can do so much more—and so much worse…

A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. But when the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her sovereign.

Suddenly, she is head of the king’s personal guard, an honor made all the more dubious by the king’s exile from his own court. Surrounded by enemies, Alix must help him reclaim his crown, all the while attempting to repel the relentless tide of invaders led by the Priest, most feared of Oridia’s lords.

But while Alix’s king commands her duty, both he and a fellow scout lay claim to her heart. And when the time comes, she may need to choose between the two men who need her most…

He was not afraid. He would be surrounded by friends and allies. He had always been surrounded by people who loved him, ever since he was a child. Strange, then, that he should feel so utterly alone.


“. . . What do you suppose his Domain is like?”

“Hell is full of crows that peck at your eyes, and heaven is an everlasting tournament of verbal jousting and improvised comedy. You never stumble over your words, and everyone laughs at your jokes.”


  • I like the first part of this book better than the rest of it.
  • I like the military, strategy and battle portions of the book.
  • Alix is a good character in her military role, but her romances undermine her authority as a military leader.
  • I did like that Alix is honest with Liam and finally with Erik.


  • The romances.
  • The Epilogue is unnecessary.

About Erin Lindsey

  •  This is the first book by Erin Lindsey. She also writes the Nicolas Lenoir fantasy mystery series as E. L. Tettensor.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I really enjoyed the first part of the book, but gradually realized I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I got to the end of the book. I’ll have to decide whether to read the next book. I wish the author had left out the romance or at least not put in so much . . . maybe waited for future books.
  • I’ve mentioned in the past I don’t like very much romance in my fantasy or science fiction.
  • I have the first book in the Nicolas Lenoir mystery fantasy series so I plan to read that. I don’t think it has romance in it like this book does so I may like it better.

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

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog
  • Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (a book with a love triangle)
  • COYER Winter Reading Challenge–hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading (Christmas gift)