I died miserably, on the day I found out the truth. The truth, that my fiance had a hidden lover and it was my very own cousin.On the second morning, after my 20th birthday, a miracle happened. From that point on, I decided not to believe in love anymore. I want to have a relationship with no strings attached and without any superficial feelings such as love. "Duchess Agentine, will you marry me?" This proposal was nothing more than a marriage to keep up appearances and without love involved.
Initial impressions/summary additions? In a male dominated society, a young woman with an abusive father and a male(!) cousin who gaslights her into submission along with her abusive fiance- who is actually gay and in love with her male cousin. This isn't really spoilers, this is all revealed rather quickly. Yeah, there are some tags and warnings missing. The art isn't the worst I've seen but it's not great and the shading is lazy, the characters are two-dimensional in more ways than one, and the plot isn't anything original. It's been done before and it's been done better, but it's not terrible, just below average.
The story starts off with your typical aristocrat suffering from an abusive household, her wanting to escape from it by proposing a loveless marriage with another noble, and the two eventually falling in love --- despite agreeing not to in the first place. Although it's very similar to other manhwas, I continued reading it in hopes of falling in love with the characters, but for the first 30 chapters or so, I could not find myself charmed by the protagonist. She is bland. The title The Duchess with an Empty Soul is not about her having an empty soul from her past but her being such a bland and empty character. (I'm referring to her as she because I still cannot remember her name because of how flat her character is.) The only charming thing about her is her fighting ability which is showcased later on in the manhwa, but even that's getting old. The artwork is fine, but it's not amazing. I wish they gave some more oomph to the MC's art because the lackluster art is only emphasizing how bland she is. Overall, if you're looking to find a manhwa to read in your spare time, this isn't a bad choice. I just wouldn't have high expectations.
The story is common, with a few unique details but I feel this manga was executed poorly. It could've been better. The art was nice, but everyone has a baby face so I couldn't take them seriously. I was kind of surprised when the 'villainess' was actually a dude. Honestly, the story would've been better if it was between the villain and that blonde bastard. Anyway, the story is too predictable. I do look how calm and collected she is but sometimes everyone's behavior is so corny. I wouldn't really recommend reading this. Warning: The cringe is real. Overall: 1/5 stars
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