The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett – An enchanted tale of intrigue where a duke’s daughter is the only survivor of a magical curse. When Ekata’s brother is finally named heir, there will be nothing to keep her at home in Kylma Above with her murderous family. Not her books or science experiments, not her family’s icy castle atop a frozen lake, not even the tantalizingly close Kylma Below, a mesmerizing underwater kingdom that provides her family with magic. But just as an escape is within reach, her parents and twelve siblings fall under a strange sleeping sickness.
In the space of a single night, Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brother’s warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers from without—and within—her own ministry. Nothing has prepared Ekata for diplomacy, for war, for love…or for a crown she has never wanted. If Kylma Above is to survive, Ekata must seize her family’s power. And if Ekata is to survive, she must quickly decide how she will wield it.
Part Sleeping Beauty, part Anastasia, with a thrilling political mystery, The Winter Duke is a spellbinding story about choosing what’s right in the face of danger.
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (March 3, 2020)
Language: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
About the author:
Claire Bartlett lives in an enchanted forest apartment in Copenhagen with too many board games and too few cats. www.authorclaire.com
Review of The Winter Duke
The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett is a captivating young adult fantasy set in an icy land in a state of uneasy truce. The characters are intriguing and full of mystery. They will keep you second-guessing their every move never knowing what they will do next. The Winter Duke is a coming of age story full of political fantasy, loyal friendships, and a budding romance. A fast-paced read that will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more. *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.*