Author: Rosamund Hodge
Genres/ subjects: YA, fantasy, retelling, romance
Since 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. 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. 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.
🌹💍 Beauty and the Beast meets Bluebeard’s wives.
👹 Greco-Roman world building + demonic baragins + fae.
💕🦇 2-for-the-price-of-1 bad-boys/ love interests.
💃 Nyx is complex — she’s ballsy and determined to sacrifice herself for her country, but doesn’t have to be happy about it. She loves her family but also really bitter and can be cruel. And it’s all okay, the author doesn’t judge her for having flaws. She’s smart and never gives up. My only issue is how quickly she caves to her sister toward the end, but it’s not totally unbelievably.
💔The dreaded insta-love appears — twice.
💜 The prose a little purple in parts, but really rich and descriptive.
😵 The end is quite convoluted and overly complicated.
💋 Audiobook: The narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden, has a wonderfully slow and plumy voice perfect for lush fantasy. It’s fantastic for Nyx and the women but I didn’t like it for reading Ignifex.