Rossian, the young Duke of Violet, wastes away in mad solitude, unable to leave the confines of his decadent castle grounds because of a mysterious invisible barrier...until a strange female intruder arrives at the castle bearing a box of bones.
"Vera Nazarian combines the wry and poignant charm of Hans Christian Andersen with the subversive wallop of Angela Carter in crafting this gem of a fairy tale. No longer merely a promising writer, Nazarian has arrived."
"Vera Nazarian is a writer seemingly so full of story that it just comes bubbling uncontrollably out of her... The Duke in his Castle shows her at the peak of her form in a deceptively simple tale that probes the nature of life and death, of power and succumbing, and ultimately of good and both the evils-active evil and the evil born from apathy."
--John Grant, Co-Editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy
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An interesting tale of power and corruption, "The Duke in His Castle," explores some of the ways power can ensnare us and corrupt us. The Duke, though, is able to overcome the subtle temptations and corruptions and in doing so finds freedom in bondage and salvation in sacrifice. This book explores a peculiar world and the peculiar people who inhabit it. Nazarian's writing style emphasizes the peculiar nature of their world, and though the story moves a bit slowly in places, she twists the plot enough to keep the reader off balance, as though exploring a castle and finding one's self lost among the turns and towers. I must say I was a bit disappointed in the ending, but otherwise a pretty good read.