She survived the curse. Now she must survive the throne.
All Ekata wants is to stay alive -- and the chance to prove herself as a scholar. Once Ekata's brother is finally named heir to the dukedom of Kylma Above, there will be nothing to keep her at home with her murderous family. Not her books or her 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, and no one can find a cure.
In the space of a single night, Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brother's captivating warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers from without -- and within -- her 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 magic and power. And if Ekata is to survive, she must quickly decide how she will wield them both.
The Winter Duke is an enchanted tale of intrigue by Claire Eliza Bartlett, author of the acclaimed feminist fantasy We Rule the Night.
About the Author
Claire Eliza Bartlett grew up in Colorado. She studied history and archaeology and spent time in Switzerland and Wales before settling in Denmark for good. She is the author of We Rule the Night and The Winter Duke. When not at her computer telling mostly fictional stories, she works as a tour guide in Copenhagen, telling stories that are (mostly) true. Claire invites you to visit her online at authorclaire.com.
Praise for The Winter Duke:
"The intrigue begins unfolding immediately and draws readers through to the last page.... Fresh and filled with magic and personality. An enchanting queer fairy tale." —Kirkus Reviews
"A feminist fantasy fraught with tension and political intrigue....
"The twist-filled mystery
and compelling characters will keep readers guessing and the
unexpected but satisfying conclusion will delight those who
long for emotional realism within a fantastical story. Refreshing
and unique story elements abound in this magic-filled political mystery"—SLJ
"Thrillingly atmospheric... Sympathetic characters,
assured prose, and crystalline imagery make this icy dukedom memorable
even after the last page has been turned."
Praise for We Rule the Night:
* "The richly textured world, painted in snow and fire, filled with disparate, diverse people who all want to win the war, is background to a powerful, slow burning story
that develops Linné and Revna's reluctant friendship, their growing
understanding of the world, and their emerging identities as soldiers
who may not entirely trust the country they are willing to die for.
Undercurrents of religion, hypocrisy, betrayal, and honor roil beneath
the alternating third-person perspectives.... A fierce and compelling breakout debut that should not be missed." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Bartlett's electrifying feminist fantasy debut uses keenly wrought
characters, harrowing action sequences, and creative yet economical
worldbuilding to explore misogynistic military culture and the human
cost of war." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Full of sharply realized characterizations, intriguing magical elements, and twisty plots." --School Library Journal, starred review
* "Rich characterizations and an enemy that, while it
looms in the background, never feels quite as threatening as the
country the girls are fighting for complete a story set against the
bright, brutal backdrop of war. A breathless series starter from a new
voice to watch."