Gilded Ashes: A Cruel Beauty Novella

Gilded Ashes: A Cruel Beauty Novella

by Rosamund Hodge

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Gilded Ashes is an atmospheric and darkly romantic reimagining of Cinderella set in the world of Cruel Beauty. Perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Maia doesn't see the point of love when it only brings people pain: Her dead mother haunts anyone who hurts Maia, and her stepsisters are desperate for their mother's approval, even though she despises them. Meanwhile, Anax, heir to the Duke of Sardis, doesn't believe in love either—not since he discovered that his childhood sweetheart was only using him for his noble title. But when Maia's and Anax's paths cross before the royal ball, they discover that love might not be the curse they once thought. And it might even be the one thing that can save them both.

Fans who love Kristin Cashore and Rae Carson will find everything they're looking for in this extraordinary and romantic novella

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062266804
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: Cruel Beauty Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 111
Sales rank: 263,755
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

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

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Gilded Ashes: A Cruel Beauty Novella 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
I've been mesmerized by the World created by Rosamund Hodge since listening to Cruel Beauty last summer. There is something enchanting and heartbreaking about the World ruled by the Dark Lord and his band of demons. "Gilded Ashes" returns readers, via short story, to this World through a sad re-telling of Cinderella. "Gilded Ashes" is not a lighthearted tale. It's a dark and depressing lesson-filled story about family and the lengths one will go to make sure one's family is happy. I did enjoy it as it seemed much more straight forward than Cruel Beauty—not so many twists and turns. I was also more able to see the parallels, from start to finish, with Cinderella's story. Being this is a short story it didn't take long to finish it as a good portion of the book is a preview for Cruel Beauty. Besides existing in the same world as Cruel Beauty there's not a direction connect to the novel. Hodge does spend some time explaining the Dark Lord and the rules for his deals so it is not necessary to have read Cruel Beauty to understand "Gilded Ashes." If someone was unsure about Cruel Beauty or is a fan of that universe, I would definitely recommend reading this short story. "Gilded Ashes" by Rosamund Hodge receives a thumbs up. This review was originally posted on Second Run Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For such a short story it sure packs a lot of feeling. The horrid tragedy of love gone wrong makes it hard to separate from this book. I feel like I need a sequel because I can not let go of these characters at all. Maybe I'll summon the Gentle Lord myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moving on to my next book from this author. Love the way she weaves a story and builds her characters. I just want to keep reading!
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If you love fairy tails youll love anything written by hodge
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novella was an interesting quick read. A fairytale retelling that was written very creatively and definitely worked well at getting me interested in reading more books by this author.