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The Bloodsworn ❰Download❯ ➵ The Bloodsworn Author Erin Lindsey – Thomashillier.co.uk 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, t 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 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.


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  1. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum question, I was particularly eager to get my hands on this third book of The Bloodbound trilogy, especially after that bombshell Erin Lindsey left us with at the end of The Bloodforged And it appears she s not done with us yet The author has saved the best surprises for this final volume, along with some of the toughest battles and most challenging decisions our characters will have to face The momentum of the war 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum question, I was particularly eager to get my hands on this third book of The Bloodbound trilogy, especially after that bombshell Erin Lindsey left us with at the end of The Bloodforged And it appears she s not done with us yet The author has saved the best surprises for this final volume, along with some of the toughest battles and most challenging decisions our characters will have to face The momentum of the war in Gedona is approaching its zenith, and by the time the dust settles, no one will be left untouched.The Bloodsworn is the excellent result and reward after two books of build up to this final showdown between the Kingdom of Alden and the invading Oridian forces Since this is the last volume in the trilogy, the following review may contain mild spoilers for The Bloodbound and The Bloodforged so you might want to be caught up before proceeding The previous book ended with a troubling revelation about Erik White, the king of Alden, leading to the creation of a secret plan known only to his majesty s closest friends at court A rumor is purposely spread that the king is ill and unable to appear in public, while his sister in law and bodyguard Alix prepares to go on a dangerous mission to save him a quest which would take her beyond enemy lines Erik himself is locked away to prevent him from being a danger to himself and others, while Alix s husband Liam is left behind at the palace to guard his half brother and keep up the fa ade.Alix also seeks the council of her brother, General Riggard Black Though Rig is unable to leave his post, he does send his lover the priestess Vel to accompany Alix, knowing that the two most important women in the world to him will be able to help each other However, despite Vel s handy healing skills and knowledge of the terrain, the priestess is no fighter, and on this particular mission Alix knows what a liability that is Speed is of the essence if they can t get to what they need in time, terrible things will happen to Erik and Liam back at home and the kingdom of Alden will fall.This is a book that covers a lot, a lot of ground The story itself has several peaks as our characters have to deal with multiple disasters in their respective plotlines, until they all eventually converge in one explosive ending Oncewe have diverging POVs as our main couple is separated again in this book, with Alix heading out into the wilderness to mount a daring rescue while Liam continues settling into his new role as prince by trying to fill in for Erik Their marriage is further strained as Alix s guilt and Liam s lack of confidence remains an obstacle between them, but with everything that happens over the course of this story, they soon realize what is truly important Thus even amidst all the action scenes and battle sequences, I feel that this book might actually be the most emotional one of the series.Then there s Erik, who spends the bulk of his time in this novel imprisoned This doesn t make his arc any less interesting though, and in fact, after Alix s POV my next favorite one was probably Erik s Out of all the characters, I think he s the one who has grown the most While it s true that most of his battles are internal, without giving away any spoilers, I have to say Lindsey wrote his sections very well, making his personal conflict and the nuances in his personality feel utterly convincing To be a good man, or be a good king Those two roles sometimes clash, and Erik s mettle is tested when that problem arises, though others like Alix, Liam, and Rig are also forced to ask a similar question of themselves when confronted with their own dilemmas Lindsey has a knack for challenging her protagonists by putting them in extreme situations, which makes for gripping entertainment, but because you know deep down they are all kind hearted and inherently good characters, their decisions are often predictable.Still, like the previous two books in the trilogy, The Bloodsworn is meant to be a feel good read, and I think we can safely say, mission accomplished Granted, there are some darker undertones here and there we are dealing with brutal war and plenty of blood magic, after all but even through the hardships and heartaches, I feel like I can always cheer for these characters Every book has also added something new to the world and its history, and I love how incredibly deep the setting feels Mix in the excellent world building and brilliant characterization with the action, romance, and thrills of the story, and you have yourself the ultimate fun, enjoyable summer vacation kind of fantasy novel.In fact, according to the author s website, that s exactly the kind of book she was aiming to write, with the perfect blend of action, heartbreak, and triumph The Bloodbound trilogy is all that and , with The Bloodsworn being the outstanding conclusion I d been hoping for This is a series very much worth exploring if you enjoy fast paced and adventurous character focused fantasy Highly recommended


  2. Lisa Lisa says:

    Review from Tenacious Reader the final chapter in a trilogy It is always bittersweet when pick up that last book in series, excited to find out what comes next, yet wondering how the final chapters will go for characters you have grown to love during the series, sad to think that your journey with them is almost at a close I have really enjoyed the books in the Bloodbound series, so I definitely felt this going in There s almost a sense of nervousn Review from Tenacious Reader the final chapter in a trilogy It is always bittersweet when pick up that last book in series, excited to find out what comes next, yet wondering how the final chapters will go for characters you have grown to love during the series, sad to think that your journey with them is almost at a close I have really enjoyed the books in the Bloodbound series, so I definitely felt this going in There s almost a sense of nervousness if I will be satisfied the end of series No one wants to depart on a bad note, and it is hard know that even if you love it, there s no guarantee you will get to readabout the characters But, excitement to read overshadows all of that, and so I dove into The Bloodsworn without hesitation.The Bloodsworn takes off immediately, with our beloved characters facing situationsdire than ever before as they face the prospect of the complete loss of their land and people The threat is very real and quite dire With King Erik, well, let s just call him indisposed , due to the bloodbinder from the last book, Alix and Liam face new challenges of running the land, while trying to not advertise the threat they faced from the blood binder The plot moves at a great pace, and the tension and excitement last through out the book This series is written in such a way that is is just fun to read and hard to put down In other words I race through these books, fully immersed and excited to find out what is on the next page.The book also examines cost versus reward as opportunity for advantage present itself, but the characters have to ask themselves if the opportunity is moral, and how far are they willing to bend their beliefs to save Alden What meansthem Standing the moral high ground or the fate of their land and people It is an interesting dilemma to face because while it might be easy to say they would do anything to save Alden, is that actually true How much is too much to ask to save the lives and future of not just those you know and love, but also all the people depending on you As for the characters, I continue to love them for all the same reasons as the previous books Alix is still fierce and independent, the type of female lead character I love She does face some challenges still identifying herself as Liam s wife and adjusting to how that impacts her status She is used to having status on her own, and acquiring it through her relationship with Liam is something she has to face Liam is learning to have a bitconfidence in himself, but he always seems to shine He has a natural way with people, and it is hard to not love him Rig also faces the challenge of routing out a traitor in their midst Once again, I found myself equally engaged with all of the POVs in this series, and I find that quite impressive.This was a fantastic and exciting conclusion to The Bloodbound trilogy and so I highly recommend the series It has excitement, intrigue and fantastic characters


  3. Wanda Wanda says:

    Actual rating 3.5 starsI liked this book just a little less than the first book And as I sat down to write this review, I realized why I ve accidentally read book 3 before book 2 Oops That would explain all the references to events in the past that I was unfamiliar with I enjoyed the book anyway and I ll read book two when it becomes available at the library , but that explains why I sometimes felt like I was in the fog.The main reason that I would remove half a star from my rating is the Actual rating 3.5 starsI liked this book just a little less than the first book And as I sat down to write this review, I realized why I ve accidentally read book 3 before book 2 Oops That would explain all the references to events in the past that I was unfamiliar with I enjoyed the book anyway and I ll read book two when it becomes available at the library , but that explains why I sometimes felt like I was in the fog.The main reason that I would remove half a star from my rating is the amount of agonizing that Lady Alix, Prince Liam and King Erik do during the course of the novel All three of them flagellate themselves over decisions they ve made Now, most people regret some actions from their past, but don t most of us also realize that there s no use dwelling on our mistakes and move on Do what you can to right the situation and move forward I think perhaps this is the author s way to prove to her readers that these are good people Evil people are sure they are doing the right thing, good people are forever questioning their own motives Nevertheless, fantasy is my happy place and I have to appreciate that a woman with a sword saves the day as often as any of the men do The author will be at a conference that I m attending this summer and I ll be most interested to hear what she has to say on any number of topics


  4. Danya Danya says:

    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 surprisedthan once by the way things played out for our protagonists Alix, Liam, Eric, and Rig.Beg 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 surprisedthan 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


  5. Lynn Williams Lynn Williams says:

    4.5 stars of 5Perfect ending The Bloodsworn brings to a conclusion the Bloodbound series by Erin Lindsey and is a tense and action packed ride to the final gate post Reading the last book in a series you ve enjoyed is always sort of bittersweet Part of you desperately wants to rush headlong into the story to see how it all ends but part of you just wants the series to go on a little longer Then of course you have that problem, when reviewing the last book in series, of not giving anything awa 4.5 stars of 5Perfect ending The Bloodsworn brings to a conclusion the Bloodbound series by Erin Lindsey and is a tense and action packed ride to the final gate post Reading the last book in a series you ve enjoyed is always sort of bittersweet Part of you desperately wants to rush headlong into the story to see how it all ends but part of you just wants the series to go on a little longer Then of course you have that problem, when reviewing the last book in series, of not giving anything away So, all that being said here goes with, of course, a quick customary warning that this review may contain spoilers for the previous two books.The Bloodsworn gets off to an immediate start picking up where Bloodforged left off with a rather jaw dropping revelation about The King of Alden, Erik White His closest family and friends are forced to come up with a desperate plan that involves secreting Eric away to prevent news of his condition from leaking out Why is this plan desperate Well, Erik hasn t helped to form the plan and the main thrust of the plan involves abducting and locking him away in his own kingdom, against his will, which is basically treason On top of this Liam is placed in the dubious position of taking up the reins and making excuses for Erik s absence during a period of time when, with war looming, he is neededthan ever We have a suspicious court and a proxy king living on his nerves over a plan with little chance of success, execution hanging over his head and on top of that he s frantic with worry about his wife Alix Alix meanwhile is about to sneak behind enemy lines looking for a remedy to the situation The clock is ticking, she has to find a needle in a haystack and all the while she knows that if anything unravels back at home Liam could be facing execution To make the tension even worse the two of them parted on bad terms.The three main characters, Alix, Liam and Erik are split up for most of the book and this leads to some very intriguing storylines As usual Alix is rushing headlong into the fray and facing impossible danger Along the way she visits her brother, General Rig for advice and as a result winds up taking his lover Vel along for the ride, which of course adds another dimension of danger as Vel is a Priestess not a warrior Liam is forced into a position where he really must overcome his own self doubt and step out from the shadow of his big brother This is a time of war and the people need somebody to make sound decisions and to act with confidence and belief Liam has his work cut out of course because half the court already dislike him which leads to a lonely position in fairness he finally gets a real taste of life in Erik s shoes Erik meanwhile is far from absent from the plot Locked away he feels betrayed and thoughts of revenge dominate his waking moments His story takes a very dramatic change of course that was quite fascinating.On top of all of this, lets not forget we have the enemy on the doorstop preparing for war, we have an underground movement of renegades who have their own agenda We have General Rig holding the frontline, undermanned and weary and we have a traitor in his midst There really is plenty going on in this final story and to be honest I m keeping a couple of things back to maintain the mystery.What I particularly enjoyed about this whole series is the characters and their development It s been wonderful and emotional reading about their exploits Yes, of course, there s a great plot, a wonderful historical setting and no end of action but the characters really pulled on my emotional strings I think evenso in this book than the previous two Strangely, and in spite of the fact that at the back of my mind I expected the author to give us a feel good ending, I became oddly emotional during the final stage of the book, probably because of the overwhelming odds that everyone faced and also because a couple of the characters really do get put through the wringer As it is I think that the author has given us a perfect ending The characters grow and all have moments of revelation but on top of that they remain true to themselves which I really like And, I think the conclusion still leaves a couple of very tantalising threads for further stories from both Erik and Rig and I for one would certainly welcomefrom both of them.A winning series with a very satisfying conclusion


  6. Blodeuedd Finland Blodeuedd Finland says:

    I do feel disappointed Yes, the book was good, but neither this one or book 2 were as good as book 1 That one had promise, but it never got as good.Alix in this one, well she did her thing.Liam did not do a lot I still do not see them together.Eric, I still think Alix should have been with him, and yes that triangle kept popping up It got tiresome It should have been left in book 1 where it was resolved.There is danger ahead The army is approaching, and here we really see how this is light I do feel disappointed Yes, the book was good, but neither this one or book 2 were as good as book 1 That one had promise, but it never got as good.Alix in this one, well she did her thing.Liam did not do a lot I still do not see them together.Eric, I still think Alix should have been with him, and yes that triangle kept popping up It got tiresome It should have been left in book 1 where it was resolved.There is danger ahead The army is approaching, and here we really see how this is light fantasy Epic is was sure not The final battle is in the very last pages and poof, 5 pages later the end, the battle was over in a few pages Was there a battle I do not know They sure defeated them fast.Ok so yes I only have negative things to say But for a reeeeally light fantasy book it was good, a little adventure, some drama Nothing serious But it is hanging loose in that 3, that is does It could have been so much


  7. Roxanne Roxanne says:

    I had forgotten all about this trilogy, but to my surprise it didn t take long for me to remember the previous books and I loved this Great way to end a trilogy.


  8. Amalia Dillin Amalia Dillin says:

    I definitely did not know how this was going to go down or how everything was going to wrap up, and even while I was reading I was wondering still I think this was a solid conclusion to the trilogy and for people who enjoy high fantasy, this series is definitely worth the read.


  9. Molly Smith Molly Smith says:

    Initial Thoughts I thought this might have been the best book in the series It was passionate and gripping Though I assumed a happy ending there were numerous times I thought I would be wrong I liked how it twisted and turned and that everything isn t completely resolved at the end Though the major plot lines are, there is room for Ms Lindsey to return to the world I truly hope she does I really enjoyed this fantasy series Please click on the link to the full review by myself and my rev Initial Thoughts I thought this might have been the best book in the series It was passionate and gripping Though I assumed a happy ending there were numerous times I thought I would be wrong I liked how it twisted and turned and that everything isn t completely resolved at the end Though the major plot lines are, there is room for Ms Lindsey to return to the world I truly hope she does I really enjoyed this fantasy series Please click on the link to the full review by myself and my review partner, Gikany, posted at That s What I m Talking About blog


  10. The Library Ladies The Library Ladies says:

    Originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com The final book in the Bloodbound trilogy starts out with our heroes in what appears to be an unwinnable situation King Erik is being controlled by a bloodbinder making him erratic and prone to paranoia the extreme kind that leads to executions of close friends and family for treason Rig s battle at the front line has pretty much reached its limit with invasion imminent Alix must venture deep into enemy territory to attempt to kill the bloodb Originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com The final book in the Bloodbound trilogy starts out with our heroes in what appears to be an unwinnable situation King Erik is being controlled by a bloodbinder making him erratic and prone to paranoia the extreme kind that leads to executions of close friends and family for treason Rig s battle at the front line has pretty much reached its limit with invasion imminent Alix must venture deep into enemy territory to attempt to kill the bloodbinder who is controlling the King And Liam is left to manage a country that is on the brink of destruction, all while hiding the fact that he has the King locked up in a room in the castle A fact that would surely lead to his immediate death if it were to be discovered The stakes are high.At this point, it s almost hard to remember that this series started outas a romantic romp with some military fantasy aspects thrown in than anything else Sure, there was a large battle at the end and some political maneuvering here and there But there were a lot of quieter moments where Alix s personal life was the primary focus Then the second book came along and everything changed That entire book was just one massive failure after another for our heroes And here, in the third, everything just seems kind of hopeless All of the odds are stacked against them, and even their best case scenarios look grim I mean, sure, if Alix saves the King, great But they still have to deal with the fact that they have no allies having blown their ambassadorial trips in the second book and an enemy with an army that doubles their own.I was happy to see that Alix once again played a major part in this story While I still very much enjoyed the second book, her reduced presence was my biggest complaint Instead, understandably, given his brain washed state, Erik takes a back seat to the other characters here I also liked the fact that Alix s story line once again took us into the neighboring realms, this time their occupied neighbor whose resistance fighters had helped Rig win significant battles in the second book Vel, also, played aimportant role in this book, joining up with Alix on her quest to find the bloodbinder I still struggled to like Vel as a character, though she had some good moments in this book While it made sense to pair up these two women both for the plot and due to the dynamics that come from their relationships with Rig, I think that it also had the unintended result of negatively contrasting Vel to Alix But this is a pretty subjective viewpoint of my own,than anything.Due to the high stakes nature of most of the action in this book, the story definitely kept me on the edge of my seat There were parts of it where I seriously struggled with the fact that because I was listening to an audiobook and wasn t able to skim forward and relieve any of the tension The author did a great job balancing her parallel viewpoints and story lines in a way that just ratcheted up the stress levels on all fronts And, while the series as a whole is obviously set up to be a generally feel good read, the grim realities of war are never glossed over and there were a few tough moments Alix, in particularly, had a rough road to travel.And, importantly, the personal relationships between our main characters were not shunted to the side even in the midst of all of this narrative upheaval Alix and Liam s marriage is still new and being tested by their own insecurities Liam and Erik are still learning what it means to be brothers, especially given the effects of Erik s brainwashing and his lingering pain due to the death of his other brother in the first book Rig and Vel yeah, I cared less about this But it was fine, too.Ultimately, this series was a very satisfying and consistent read All three books were strong and the characters and plotlines built steadily over the course of the series with very few stumbling blocks I would recommend this series for fans of political military fiction with a strong female leadthan for fantasy lovers While the fantasy element is important to the story, it is definitely less of a focal point than the rest This is a lesser known series, but one that I hope begins to get the recognition it deserves


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