“The Duke’s Servant” is a manhwa created by Oh yoon. It’s a gender-bender love story set in a fantasy world where alchemy exists.
|Alt Titles|| Servo do Duque, Duke’s Servant, 린지 앤 린지안|
|Creators||Oh Yoon [오윤](Authors) / A Chim [아침], Jeong Mumu (Artist)|
|Release||2018 (Korean), 2019 (English)|
|Genre||Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Gender Bender, Gore, Historical, Romance|
“The Duke’s Servant” Synopsis:
“Lindsay is a top-secret spy about to take on her most difficult mission yet: to disguise herself as a man?! Her target is the Duke. Rich, mysterious, and… an infamous womanizer.
Cutting her hair, drinking elixirs to hide her voice, as a servant she must infiltrate his manor and investigate the mysterious disappearance of lords and ladies in the area.
However, when she meets the Duke for the first time and he kisses her, is it her identity that’s compromised or her heart…” –1stKissManga
The Duke’s Servant is offering a relatively strong female lead. At least initially. It’s being implied she has great capabilities to defend herself, but unfortunately that’s not exactly shown in the comic more than for a few scenes in a handful of chapters.
It’s like saying someone is a great swordsman and then never fully showing their true potential. Not to mention the badass moment feels cringy. We’re also being introduced to a sidekick which we’ll see like, once more or something. Quite a pity, he seemed likeable and like they were friends.
The relationship between Lindsay and her boss, Euthigen, is quite interesting. It’s hinted they have history, but it seems Lindsay is adoring him more as a leader and brother figure later on, not as a man.
Initially it seemed hopeful he’d be a male lead, but alas, that went to Fian de Lecapullone (Swear to god, all these difficult names).
The initial meeting was quite normal, at least based on it being a shoujo manga with a womanizing male lead.
Of course, queue love-sick Lindsayan fantasizing about her prince regardless of her current job. You’re supposed to be a professional, stop being love-sick on the job!
Halfway through the series, there was a change with the art. With this change, I feel like we also tread down a darker path. Maybe the author didn’t feel like the art was fitting the dark direction the story took? Who knows.
Once the relationship between Fian and Lindsay keeps developing and the truth comes out, Fian isn’t acting like himself. Instead he’s acting like an obsessed creep – not letting Lindsay go. Now, I don’t know about you, but that’s actually really creepy.
Love in all its glory, but keeping someone against their wishes isn’t cool. But of course, Lindsay is fine with that and is even more in love with Fian afterwards.
The art isn’t bad, but it’s hardly anything super amazing. It serves the purpose of the story. What initially threw me off was the change of art between the first season and second. It’s a huge difference, which I’m not sure I like. Of course, you get used to it eventually but I found the art of the latter half quite distracting.
The first part was quite cutesy and the characters looked quite young. However, second season we’re having much older looking characters with more heavy line art.
Overall the story isn’t too bad, but if you start reading into the chapters, it becomes a bit cringey. As long as you’re not looking for something mind-blowing or unique with the romance-situations, it’s a decent series. It’s not awful, but it could have been better.
Recommendation: It’s decent, but I don’t think I would pay for it.
Available to read on Tapas
- Art: 3/5
- Plot: 3/5
- Characters 2.5/5
- Score: 8.5/15 – Above Average