The Bloodbound (#1)

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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…


“Sturdy characterizations and intriguing magic anchor this solid series launch, the first fantasy novel for Lindsey […] [by the end,] Lindsey’s mostly balanced mix of romance and heroic fantasy will have captured readers’ hearts.”

Publishers Weekly

“The appealing characters of Alix and her suitors make both aspects of this series debut work.”

Library Journal

“This exciting and enthralling tale provides a delicious adventure that centers around a strong, opinionated female, and a war-torn land that features both mystical and pragmatic elements […] those who enjoy tales of bravery and loyalty mixed with a little chaos and magic will be delighted to find a fun and exciting adventure to read.”

Night Owl Reviews

“THE BLOODBOUND is an epic high fantasy with a captivating world, interesting characters, and non-stop action. The plot had some interesting twists and was full of great suspense that keeps you interested throughout the whole story […] This was a terrific high fantasy and I would highly recommend it to all fans of the genre.”

Dark Faerie Tales

"THE BLOODBOUND is the gastropub of high fantasy…[It is] – in its own right, a blast: a fun, fast, invigorating and inspiring book, packed to the gills with tension, heroics, twists and adventure. And, more than that, it is also a symbol of something more: an epic fantasy with all the scale and excitement readers demand, but infused with a casual modernity."


“THE BLOODBOUND offers romance, intrigue, and a fast moving plot that will immerse readers in this new world […] Blending all the hallmarks of sword and sorcery with the modern, romantic feel of urban fantasy, THE BLOODBOUND is an effortless adventure that will sweep readers away.”

All Things Urban Fantasy

“Strong romantic elements and a dash of humor enliven Erin Lindsey’s fantasy debut set in a kingdom besieged by dark forces and torn apart by betrayal.”

Jacqueline Carey, The New York Times bestselling author of Poison Fruit

“Lindsey puts the hero back into heroic fantasy with action and intrigue and flawed but likable characters who, in complex political/personal situations, make hard decisions and stand by them.”

Tanya Huff, national bestselling author of The Future Falls