The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Book Review by Nathan
This book is great. It somehow takes political fiction and makes it genuinely interesting to read. The Winter Duke was a great read. It really pulled me into the world, made me feel like a part of the ongoings of Kylma Above’s duchy, and all of the plots and schemes of the nobility. The book tells the story of Ekata, a possible heir to the duchy, who wants nothing to do with being a duchess. After her whole family succumbs to a strange sickness, she finds herself becoming a reluctant duchess, and must quickly learn how to do her job on her feet, resulting in a lot of funny moments and mishaps.
It had plenty of humour, and the characters were relatable on multiple levels. As the book went on, the various mysteries slowly became a little clearer, but never too quickly, which meant that I almost never wanted to put the book down. Despite the fact that most of the action is political, it doesn’t feel overly complicated, or hard to track. The overall feeling of this book was one of lighthearted jokes and tense action all at the same time. This book really does do political fiction justice, and even though I had never read anything from Claire Eliza Bartlett, if she manages to make all her books this good, I think I’m going to have to read more of her work.
I would definitely recommend this book. It has a great plot, good characters, and a world that feels as real as our own. If you’ve been looking for something funny to read or just some good political fiction (surely this isn’t the only good piece, right?) then maybe you should give this book a try.