The Duchess Who Sees Ghosts [1st Impression]

I was expecting The Duchess Who Sees Ghosts to be a more story-driven mystery manhwa, but it’s leaning towards romance adventure.

Alt Titles귀신 보는 공작부인
CreatorsGaramdal, 가람달 (Author)
Honeyrain (Author)
Min3, 934, Gusamsa, Minsam, 민삼 (Artist)
LicensedYes, TappyToon
Release2021
AdaptedNovel
GenreDramaFantasyHistoricalMature Warning: Gore/blood Murder / Attempted MurderRomanceSupernatural
The Duchess Who Sees Ghosts

The Duchess Who Sees Ghosts Summary

Blessed with the ability to see and communicate with ghosts, Lady Julia Robinharts is always trying to make a quick buck off of her talents.

For this self-employed entrepreneur, there is always money to be made in the industry of the supernatural.

When Julia sells one of her talismans to a stranger who seemed to be weighed down by an apparition, she learns that kindness isn’t always repaid in coins, as the mysterious man asks to marry her in return.

This man is actually Duke Leo Sirius Epesia, one of the most influential noblemen in the Floren Kingdom, and he seems to recognize her from 10 years ago.

In the end, Julia is swayed into working as the duke’s personal ghostbuster, in exchange for a handsome reward.

After all, what good is a loveless marriage compared to cold, hard cash?

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The Duchess Who Sees Ghosts
The Duchess Who Sees Ghosts isn’t a bad story, but it’s not exactly my cup of tea.

I was expecting something along the lines of Secret Lady, but it’s not similar enough.

I feel like the story is very much an adventure romance, with some modern values. Our female lead can easily dress up in manly clothes and go off for several nights, without any real repercussion.

I quite like the art, but it also looks very modern with clean lines and vibrant colours. It’s very stylized in a certain way, something I’m not a huge fan off but it does work.

Overall there’s something rubbing the wrong way with this story. Not sure why and I can’t put my finger on what’s wrong with it.

The Duchess Who Sees Ghosts
I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad story, but it’s just something I’m not loving.

A lead character whose only motivation is money becomes boring and quite uninteresting.

As for the male lead, he’s trying to compete with the female lead’s companion and guard. It’s a typical moment of the whole “I knew her before but she doesn’t remember me” trope.

There’s some type of love triangle going on, but it’s unrequited love from the female lead’s side. There’s just more than could be done with it, in my opinion.

Final thoughts: Not my favourite story, but I suppose it could become better later on – given some time to establish itself.

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