Cruel Beauty (Paperback)
A smart, compulsively readable fantasy romance with echoes of Beauty and the Beast, Greek mythology, and a downright creepy Bluebeard element? Yes please! This unconventional fairy tale will keep you guessing until the last page (no guarantees you won't be reading that page at 1:30am, like I did)!— Sasha
If you’re excited about the upcoming Disney film Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, don’t miss Cruel Beauty.
The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in this dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Perfect for fans of bestselling An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.
Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart.
Rosamund Hodge grew up as a homeschooler in Los Angeles, where she spent her time reading everything she could get her hands on, but especially fantasy and mythology. She received a BA in English from the University of Dallas and an MSt in medieval English from Oxford. She now lives in Seattle, Washington, with seven toy cats and a plush Cthulhu. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Cruel Beauty; Gilded Ashes, a Cruel Beauty novella; Crimson Bound; Bright Smoke, Cold Fire; and Endless Water, Starless Sky. Visit her online at www.rosamundhodge.net.
— Alex Flinn, New York Times bestselling author of BEASTLY and TOWERING
“A dazzling and clever retelling, CRUEL BEAUTY is delightfully dark, lushly romantic, and utterly spellbinding. I adored it, and can’t wait to read Hodge’s next novel!”
— Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series
“What a stunning debut. This is a book you will want to read as fast as you can for the intricate plot and as slowly as you can to savor the gorgeous world-building and the ravishing love story.”
— Sherry Thomas, author of THE BURNING SKY
“An intricate and arresting tale well worth readers’ time ... Hodge succeeds in creating a refreshingly human and real protagonist and love interest. They are both strong and flawed, and they—even more strikingly—embrace those qualities in themselves and each other. Engrossing.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“The push and pull romance between Nyx and Ignifex is pure fairy tale, but the characters themselves are complex and genuinely human as they struggle with their own culpability in a situation that forces them to choose between selfishness and selflessness.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“An entertaining read for teens who enjoy romantic fantasy.”
— School Library Journal
“Debut novelist Hodge has created a rich, complete world in this twist on ‘Beauty and the Beast.’”
— Publishers Weekly
“Will have readers clutching the book and flying through the pages.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“[A] fast-paced romantic fantasy.”