Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
This is the third time I’ve read Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. If you are a fan of retellings and Beauty and the Beast, this one is for you. Cruel Beauty is the story that made me fall in love with retellings a few years ago.
Hodge has a way with incorporating a story we are quite familiar with and gives it a spin that makes it unique. This is not the beauty that loves to read or the beast that is an animal. This is dark and wonderful with an ending that is not what you would expect.
Have you read Cruel Beauty? Do you want to? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
All my love, always