By Rosamund Hodge
Read by Elizabeth Knowelden
Published by Harper Audio

[Available EXCEPT in the UK and British Commonwealth.]




The download period is now over, but  you can locate a CD or download at:

PublisherAudible | Amazon  | Library Edition



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 seventeenth birthday, she abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, disarm him, and break the nine-hundred-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.

AudioFile Magazine Review:

 “Knowelden’s subtle inflections add to the mystery and mood as Nyx explores her new home and builds her plans even as she grapples with her growing feelings toward the Gentle Lord and her ambivalence toward her mission.” – AudioFile Magazine

Oedipus the KingPaired in SYNC with:
By Sophocles
Read by Michael Sheen and a Full Cast
Published by Naxos AudioBooks






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  1. Taylor

    I have downloaded the audiobooks to the app on my iphone and was wondering if there was any way to transfer them to overdrive on my computer.

    1. Michele Cobb

      You can do it one of two ways – via the OverDrive Cloud or you can go back to the download page from your computer and download it a second time to your other device.

  2. Brian

    I downloaded previous titles in previous years but my PC died and was wondering if there was a way to access any of these older titles?

    1. Michele Cobb

      Unfortunately once the download period has ended we can no longer access the titles. OverDrive supports many local libraries and you may have access to the titles that way.

  3. Giela

    I downloaded this last week. Now when I try to open it in Overdrive Media Console I get this message.

    “Unable to acquire a license to play the selected title. Error 1003: The requested license is either invalid or already acquired.

    All my other downloads have worked fine. What to do?

    1. Michele Cobb

      Send information on your device, browser and the title to

  4. Ruth

    I downloaded this book when it was available but I have started it today and there’s a problem with part 2 (chapters 3 and 4) because it’s still downloading and I can’t reproduce it… What can I do?
    Thank you :).

    1. Michele Cobb

      Email with specifics on your device so we can best assist you.

  5. El London

    I missed last weeks audiobooks due to a funeral. Is there somewhere to get them free or do I have to buy them now. I would really like to hear Cruel Beauty.

    1. Michele Cobb

      It is no longer available from SYNC, but check your local library to see if they have it available.

  6. Alysia

    I am having a hard time downloading a well. What to do? What to do?

    1. Michele Cobb

      Please email with specifics.

  7. Shahidah

    its very nice story

  8. Shahidah

    it is really nice story… liked it :)

  9. Keely

    This is a beautiful story!!! Thank you for introducing it to me!!!!

  10. Suzanne Kilmer

    By Rosamund Hodge

    This download is not available in your region.

    Cannot download off of Canadian internet or USA internet via VPN. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    1. Michele Cobb

      Hi there – please email with full details – what device – what browser etc.

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