Book Review: The Archduke by Elisabeth Wheatley

THE ARCHDUKE,
A Daindreth’s Assassin Novella

Daindreth had spent most of his life learning to ignore the voice in his head, but that didn’t stop the demon—the cythraul—from speaking.

Daindreth Fanduillion has learned to live with it after inheriting the curse that drove his father mad, but a sorceress’s assassination attempt changes everything. She fails, but temporarily frees him from the demon that has plagued him for more than half his life.

To his surprise, Daindreth learns that she is Amira Brindonu, half-sister to his betrothed and daughter of a sworn enemy. Guilty of high treason, she should be sent to the gallows, but Amira is his only hope and Daindreth is willing to pay any price for the chance at a cure.

Against the advice of his friends and advisors, he becomes determined to do whatever he must to win her over into his service—if she doesn’t kill him first.

Then again, losing his life seems a small price to pay for the chance to save his soul.

The Archduke is a 18,500-word companion novella telling the story of Amira and Daindreth’s meeting from Daindreth’s point of view. It can be read before or after Daindreth’s Assassin.


**THE ARCHDUKE releases on September 21, 2021. I received an early copy through the author’s newsletter.**

5/5 stars

This novella offers wonderful insight into Daindreth’s perspective through many decisions he makes and odd happenings from Daindreth’s Assassin, book 1 in Wheatley’s intriguing new series. It really pulls together the story for the reader, having now read both Amira’s POV and now Daindreth’s.

We get to see and feel the struggle Daindreth has been experiencing for years. Caa Iss, the demon inside his head, is creepy and annoying. You will wish nothing more than for Daindreth to be free of him!

While I would’ve loved reading all of Daindreth’s Assassin in Daindreth’s perspective, a novella’s worth was very satisfying! It left me wishing for more of the story from his eyes.

PLOT: 5/5

PACING: 5/5

CHARACTERS: 5/5

ESCAPISM: 5/5

Read Daindreth’s Assassin right now, and while you’re at it, preorder your copy of The Archduke for later!


About Elisabeth Wheatley

Elisabeth Wheatley

Elisabeth Wheatley began what would be her first novel at eleven and hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not daydreaming of elves, vampires, and/or princes in need of rescuing, she can be found wasting time on the internet, fangirling over her latest obsession, and pretending to be a functional citizen.


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