About the Book
The Winter Duke
by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 3rd 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Queer, Magic, Retellings, Romance
My favorite tutor said that other people’s siblings were noisy, argumentative talltales. My siblings tried to murder one another.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 escape is within reach, her parents and twelve siblings fall under a strange sleeping sickness.
I had to go Below.Claire Eliza Bartlett
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.
He stormed out, slamming the door behind him. We all jumped. I resisted the urge to giggle in hysterical relief.Claire Eliza Bartlett
I always say I am not a fan of retellings, yet I often find myself drawn to them. And, surprise surprise, enjoying them! What I’ve come to realize is that I really like retellings that are more Eastern European based. You know, the dark, dreary, and cold ones. So, of course I absolutely loved The Winter Duke!
But not this night. Tonight we had a strict no-murder policy.Claire Eliza Bartlett
Let me just say that Barlett writes so gorgeously. I was just sucked in immediately and I was loving every moment of my read. This is definitely an atmospheric read, so everything is very visceral in it’s descriptions. But because of this a lot of stuff is left not fully described. Yet, it worked in this story! I feel like this helped certain important elements remain at the forefront while the writing style made up for why some other elements were only partially developed.
I preferred the study of bones and trees and the denizens. Below to the study of politics.Claire Eliza Bartlett
Now, the other amazing part of this book is that it is gay. We’ve got an amazing queer mc romance and there was nothing strange about it. Oftentimes when you have LGBTQ+ representation in this setting there are some sort of hurdles the MCs need to overcome, but not in this world. In this book there were no gender norms and people were free to be who they were. I am definitely looking forward to reading some more Bartlett (I’m already eyeing The Good Girls).
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About the Author
I am a writer and tour guide in Copenhagen, Denmark. Though I originally come from Colorado, I left the US when I was eighteen and I haven’t lived there since.
More permanent stops on my travels have included Switzerland, Wales and Denmark. The arrival of a Danish husband has somewhat cemented my living situation, but I get my travel in smaller doses these days.
I like to write fantasy, mostly, though I dabble in soft sci-fi. My short stories are more adult, my novels more YA.
I’ve studied history, archaeology, and writing. I like to take my inspiration from historical events, and the more unknown and inspiring the event, the better.
I am represented by Kurestin Armada of P.S. Literary.
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