Review & Giveaway: The Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey

The Bloodsworn by Erin LindseyThe Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey (The Bloodbound #3)

Genre: Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Romance

Publisher: Ace on September 27, 2016

Source: Publisher

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My thanks to the publisher for providing me with a digital review copy. No compensation was provided for this review, and all opinions are my own.

The bonds of family, love, and loyalty are pushed to their limits in this thrilling conclusion to the epic saga started in The Bloodbound

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THE BLOODSWORN delivers all the sweeping battles and romantic drama of the previous books in the series, but the stakes are higher than ever before in this final book in The Bloodbound trilogy. In the words of the inimitable Mrs. Bennet: my poor nerves!

Erin Lindsey kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the novel, and although I was able to predict a few of the plot twists I was definitely surprised more than once by the way things played out for our protagonists Alix, Liam, Eric, and Rig.

Beginning immediately after the shocking reveal at the end of book two, THE BLOODSWORN throws everyone right into the thick of things. The war between Alden and Oridia is fully underway, and the odds aren’t looking good for our Aldenian heroes. But these characters have come a long way since the first whispers of war first reached their ears, and they’ve all got a few tricks up their sleeve…

It was refreshing to see Liam finally step into a political leadership role, since his inferiority complex has been a major component of his character arc since the beginning of the series. Sure, it’s not easy being in the shadow of a respected and beloved king, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have something of his own to offer! Alix, meanwhile, has to leave behind everyone she loves – including her husband – to accomplish the impossible: infiltrate the enemy’s kingdom with only a handful of scouts and stop the bloodbinders, the dark magic workers who have Alden’s king in their sights.

Normally I’m not a big fan of books that split up the main cast of characters (that was actually my biggest criticism of book two, The Bloodforged), but I thought it was done well in this one. It actually made perfect sense for these characters to be on their own for a bit, because it gave them the range to bring disparate plot elements of the series together for the finale. Their separation also highlighted once again how well Erin Lindsey has crafted their POV chapters, as each felt unique and completely true to the respective characters. This is one of the few series where I enjoy all the POVs equally – no temptation to skim here!

Endings are tricky, especially for trilogies, but Erin Lindsey knocked it out of the park. The few plot arcs that were seemingly irrelevant to the series overall were revealed to be crucial to the war, and played out in a surprising yet satisfying way. Emotional, tense, and riveting, THE BLOODSWORN is exactly what I wanted from the series finale.

Recommended for those who like their fantasy, politicking, and battle-waging with the perfect sprinkling of romance!

Now for the giveaway! The lovely people over at Ace have graciously given me the entire series to giveaway, so new fans can binge-read it and long-time readers can have the full finished set. US/Canada only!

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  • Sara Letourneau

    Oooh, I’ve heard about this series quite a bit, but haven’t picked up a copy of the first book yet. So the giveaway is very, very tempting. 😉 Thank you, Ace and Fine Print!

    • I’ve really enjoyed the series overall, I hope you like it too if you get a chance to pick it up Sara! Good luck in the giveaway 😉

  • I love that you’re always introducing me to new fantasy series and authors. This is yet another one I hadn’t heard of before, but I’m 100% invested just from reading your review. I dislike main casts being separated too, but if it works well here, then I’m all for it. It sounds like it was a terrific ending for you and that’s always exciting! I’ll have to check this one out. 🙂

    • Eeee yay, that’s what I like to hear! 🙂

      It was definitely a strong ending, which is saying a lot coming from someone who almost always dislikes the series finale – or at least likes it less than the previous books. I think the fact that the main cast was only separated for part of the book helped mitigate any annoyance I would’ve had at their separation while still building tension. I hope you enjoy the series, Nick!

  • I’m definitely entering this giveaway, I’ve heard nothing but raves for this series. So glad you love this one, and I look forward to seeing what everyone is talking about. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Haha yay! We both know how this turned out, so I hope you enjoy the series Tammy. 😀

  • Everyone is reading this one but me, sad

  • Oooo! I remember seeing this book around, but I didn’t know it was part of a series. This definitely sounds like something I would enjoy – I’ll have to see if I can find these in the library. 😀

    Great review, Danya!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Thanks Alyssa!

      I fully admit it: the first time I saw the cover artwork for book one, I knew I needed to read this series. There’s something about a badass lady wielding a sword paired with the words “fantasy romance” that just gets me on board immediately!

  • Lynn Williams

    Great review.
    Lynn 😀

  • Still need to start this series! I’m glad to see it’s still going strong. Maybe I’ll start it after October. All my reading this month is taken up by spooky titles.

    • The best part about the series? It’s only a trilogy, and it finishes strong. As much as I love my long-running UF and PNR series, sometimes it’s nice to know that I don’t need to commit to a cast of characters for 13 books, haha.

      Enjoy your spooky reading! Very on theme. 😉

  • I don’t think I’d heard boo about this series until I was it on The Bibliosanctum and now here. It sounds pretty awesome. I love books with characters each getting their chapters though as you say it’s awesome (and rare) that you don’t have once you like less than others. So Kudos to any book/authors that manages to make all their perspectives work! I’ll add the first of this trilogy to my TBR though I am apparently way behind the times!

    • Funny enough, I think I heard about this series initially on The Bibliosanctum when the first book came out. SFF book blogging is a small world!

      So true! I often find myself wishing a character’s POV chapter would end or even skimming their chapters in a multi-POV series like this one, but Erin Lindsey totally pulled it off. I hope you end up enjoying this one, Stephanie! Something tells me it’s right up your alley.