• Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty


“Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom – all because of a reckless bargain her father struck. And since birth, she has been training to kill him. Betrayed by her family yet bound to obey, Nyx rails against her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, she abandons everything to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, disarm him, and break the centuries old curse he put on her people. But Ignifex is not what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle – a shifting maze of magical rooms- enthrals her. As Nyx tries to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. But even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, could she refuse her duty to kill him? Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny”.


I had been eyeing off this novel for a couple months and kept removing it from my basket when I was shopping for books. I finally bit the bullet and purchased this novel and I am so glad I did – I loved it!

I honestly had no idea what to expect and I can definitely say I was impressed. It is a beautiful and original re-telling, the novel had me enthralled and it was extremely difficult to put down.

The characters were beautifully written – I loved that Nyx wasn’t some helpless girl who was pure and kind hearted - she was feisty, bitter and a little cold hearted. Ignifex; I was (and still am) crushing hard on Ignifex, he was just so attractive in such a bad boy way.

The novel had aspects of the original Beauty and the Beast – the magical castle, the library, Nyx’s love for books – Ignifex, the beast (in a ridiculously good looking way).

It did give me Rumpelstiltskin vibes with the “What’s my name?” thing Ignifex had going on – but it wasn’t a bad thing and was explained further into the book.

Whilst there some parts of the plot I could see coming, it didn’t hurt the novel or the way the plot played out because Hodge wrote it so well and in such an intriguing manner that when it played out you were still in a way surprised by the turn of events and revelations.

All in all, I loved this novel, the pace was fantastic, the characters were delightful and fascinating, the world Hodge created was beautifully strange and I am looking forward to reading more of Hodges’ work.

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