Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge



Before her birth, Nyx’ father made a deal with the evil ruler of their land, Ignifex: his beloved wife would have children, but a daughter would be become the lord’s wife. In a wicked twist to the deal, Nyx’ mother dies in childbirth, leaving her and her twin sister to be raised by a vengeful, grieving father. Instead of enjoying a normal childhood, Nyx is trained to find a way to destroy the evil lord once she marries him. But, once Nyx becomes Ignifex’ wife, she discovers that her mission is not as simple as she once thought it. She may not be able to destroy the lord after all…and, most importantly, she may not want to.

If you’re looking for a weird dark romance/fairy tale retelling, this is it. While it wasn’t my favorite book I’ve read recently, it was certainly interesting. I enjoyed the mixing of fairy tales and mythology, and I think there is a lot of room for the discussion of the relationship between Ignifex and Nyx. I do think, though, that there’s just too much happening at the end of the book, and I would have liked to see the author split some events up over multiple books.

Rating: 3.5/5

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