Cruel Beauty

  • by Rosamund Hodge
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden
  • 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 17th birthday, she abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, disarm him, and break the 900-year-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 - enthralls her. As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. But even if she can bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can 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.

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Dark, Unexpexted, Not your average retelling

Would you listen to Cruel Beauty again? Why?

Definitely, its so much more than a retelling of a fairy tale, it is a story on its own with hints of a familiar tale, yet completely new. It left me wanting more of their struggle and their story... Sequel .... Please!!!


Who was your favorite character and why?

Nyx, I always find myself disliking a weak female protagonist, but not here i loved her she is not the all good, pure girl, take what life gives her in silence, NOPE not here, i loved it how human and real the author makes her seem, i think we can all relate


Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Knowelden – was your favorite?

"The Prince" such a good job with the task.. at the end of the book you realize that it was such a hard task to ... shall we say portray all of his personality


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I did, the story grabs you and for a moment you think think you can let the computer alone ... only to immediately download it on your phone so you can keep listening while running errands


Any additional comments?

It id so worth one credit, but since i was out of them i spend money for this book and i do not regret it...

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- Patty

Best Book Ever!

I read a lot! And the more I read the more picky I become. I've read Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Classicals like Gone With the Wind, Romances, Historical Fiction, Biographies and more. Some of my favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, C.E. Murphey, Patricia Briggs, J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts, Mercedes Lackey, Michelle Sagara and Michelle West. I've read too many others to list.

So I want you to understand my Full Meaning when I say that this is, unequivocally, the best Fantasy Romance I have ever read!!! It was amazing in every detail, beautifully crafted and expertly presented! It's a perfect wedding of narrator and author, where each is brilliant in its own setting, and together are almost blinding in their beauty.

Even the use of my all time least favorite plot device in the past half hour of the book turned into my favorite climactic ending, ever! Without spoilers it's hard to be specific, but when that portion of the story started I almost stopped listening because of how much I hate stories that end the way it was seeming to go, but I was so enthralled that I had to finish, crossing my fingers (without much hope) that I wasn't going to be let down in the last thirty minutes of a an incredible story. And to my surprise, it was fabulous!

Read this! I'm already giving it a second try, and I have a nearly photographic memory, so I RARELY re-read! It's SO worth it!!!
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- C. Jeffs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-28-2014
  • Publisher: HarperAudio