Cruel Beauty (Hardcover)
|Author: Rosamund Hodge|
From the Publisher:
The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known 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 as 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.
For fans of bestselling authors Kristin Cashore and Alex Flinn, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.
Nyx has been raised for this moment: marry the ruler of the kingdom, and free her people from his tyranny. However, when she moves into his castle, she finds herself unexpectedly falling for him. He's charming and attractive, and when she tries to kill him, he finds it amusing. At the same time, she finds herself drawn to one of his servants. Torn between love and duty, between master and servant, Nyx must face her truth and decide hers and her people's destiny.