Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Cruel Beauty #1)


15839984Since 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.  As she 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.


Arrrgh, this book. One of my Goodreads groups chose it as a book of the month so I had high hopes. While the beginning was very blunt and jarring I became interested when Nyx started exploring the castle. It felt like a mini Night Circus, with each door opening up into a different world. A ballroom that turns into a pool of water dotted with floating lights. Libraries that rain on the inside. A room like the bottom of a large, dry well. The setting kept me interested.

But the more I learned about the heroine the more questions I had. Continue reading “Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (Cruel Beauty #1)”