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The Monstrous Duke's Adopted Daughter   
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Associated Names
A duquesa monstruosa e a princesa de contrato
Bản Khế Ước Với Nữ Công Tước Ác Ma
Canavar Düşes ve Sözleşmeli Prenses
Die Monster-Herzogin und die Vertrags-Prinzessin
Księżna Potworów i Księżniczka Kontraktu
L'enfant des ténèbres
La duchesse monstrueuse et la dame du contract
La duchesse monstrueuse et la princesse par contrat
La duquesa monstruosa y la princesa del contrato
Nữ công tước quái vật và công chúa hợp đồng
Putri Kontrak dan Duchess Monster
The Monster Duchess and Contract Princess
The Monster Duchess and the Contract Lady
The Monster Duchess and the Contract Princess
Witch's Counterattack
Княгиня чудовиськ та принцеса за контрактом
Княгиня чудовищ и принцесса по контракту
Мангас гүнгийн гэрээт гүнж
داچس هیولا مانند و شاهزادهی قراردادی
魔女的逆袭 Witch's Counterattack
괴물 공작가의 계약 공녀

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150 Chapters (Complete)
5 Volumes (Complete)

S1: 60 Chapters (1~60)
S2: 70 Chapters (61~130)
S3/Side Story: 20 Chapters (131~150)

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Generic mushy plot  
by MorganaReads
October 4th, 2022, 5:11pm
Rating: 4.0  / 10.0
I'm 40 chapters in and it's your basic "FL is mistreated by dumb evil parents and family backed by crafty evil young empress but is then saved by the richest, most influential, and noble family in the kingdom and everyone loves her immediately because she is so smart, cute, and fair looking." I want to root for the FL because she has a spine and it's different that her adoptive mother is a badass Duke, but I'm quite bored only a few chapters in and it's off-putting that her adoptive family treats her like she's younger than she is
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(she's 12 at the start, but they act like she's 6. They spend a great deal of time baking a cookie then won't dissolve in her hot chocolate because she cried the first time. She evens cried after dropping a flower pot and smashing the flower. What 7th grader cries over a ruined flower? Her family constantly carry her in their arms like she's a toddler, even when she reaches the age of 16!).
I don't understand why the author didn't make her under the age of 10 if they wanted Leslie to act like a baby and to be babied. There is a difference between making up for the lack of love she received at her birth parents residence and infantilising her. Also, the father and older brother have little personality or depth beyond dotting on Leslie and being cringely over protective of her
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(the typical physically intimidating any boy who shows interest in her or LITERALLY RUINING the whole family because a son proposed to her? That's not funny, it's stupid and childish)
I've just been skimming through the chapters since Chapter 14
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once she was rescued from the carriage fire and officially stayed at the Duke's household

... Last updated on October 9th, 2022, 10:51pm
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Just not feeling it  
by SeesARead
June 2nd, 2022, 11:08pm
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
Stopped at ch 64, not sure if will be continuing. Just can't get into the story. All of the characters feel so.....2D. There isn't any character that sparks my interest.
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by TribesX
May 10th, 2022, 10:56pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
It's good. Characters are tropes, but it's not a problem.
The 2 first chapters are there to explain plot, and I find it badly done. Almost dropped there.

After that, it was ok and cute.

But machine/bad translation stopped me from continuing further than chap. 77
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by aaarghstopp
October 30th, 2021, 9:55pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
its pretty good, lots of family dynamics and wholesome moments.
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Starts with a bang but then falls like a feather...  
by Yunwu
September 27th, 2021, 6:26pm
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
In the beginning, I never thought I'd come to one day drop this. I've come to adore the FL and her new family. The start was amazing, but around chapter 70-80 the plot started dragging and that's where it started to get boring. It felt as if I was scrolling through chapters more than I was actually reading it. And that's when I knew I had to make a difficult decision. It seems like things are picking up again around chapter 100, but if I'm barely reading through 30 or so chapters just to get there, it makes no sense. Unfortunately, this is one of those stories that starts with a bang but then falls like a feather.

... Last updated on September 27th, 2021, 6:29pm
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Salvatore family is the best  
by hoBRO
June 27th, 2021, 11:35pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
Salvatore, more like SALVATION. Hah. Cause they saved Leslie from her evil biological family.
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by MusicalHiro
April 9th, 2021, 10:12am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
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Not a masterpiece, but fantastic relative to other manhwa series  
by moonmystery
July 19th, 2020, 4:45am
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
The young, malnourished Leslie was born to be a human sacrifice for her older sister in order to fully awaken the sister's black magic. Thus, despite being of noble blood, she was a living secret treated worse than a wild animal by her biological family. Supposedly Leslie must be burned in a black fire after she turns ten years old for the transfer of power to successfully go to her older sister. But instead of dying like her predecessors, Leslie triggered her own magical awakening in the fire. Desperate to survive, she runs off to the Monstress Duchess, head of the most powerful household in the empire. She offers her powers in exchange for their protection and eventual revenge; thus begins a journey of self-healing and growth under the tutelage of the duchess.

Although the magical setting for the story is intriguing, the plot really just boils down to observing the life of a formerly-abused child adopted by powerful-cool-feminist-icon. The villains of this story are very predictably her family and groups that oppose the monstress duchess, and they are portrayed with zero redeeming qualities. Nonetheless, it's quite amusing to see how shameless the villainy gets.

The main protagonists and colorful art style are this manhwa's strengths. I adore the entire duchess' family including their servants. Unfortunately, the writing does fall short of amazing, and the story tends to skip over certain plot elements to speed up pacing. We don't get a lot of detail on Leslie's powers. They keep getting alluded to, but it seems they are not the story's focus.

Up until chapter 60, this is mostly a feel-good story portraying a pitiful child finally receiving stability and love. The story gets really interesting after that as the plot dives more into the lore surrounding the empire.This story seems very focused on the emotional aspects but drops the ball when it comes to world-building. But perhaps that will change with time! I have hope. I'm excited to see where this goes from here.

... Last updated on July 19th, 2020, 4:48am
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Great Character Poor Plot  
by panda360
July 18th, 2020, 9:53am
Rating: N/A
The story does very well at exploring the life of a girl abused by her family and the world immediately close to her.

However after the girl leaves the family, the story starts to deteriorate at a disappointing rate.

The villains (father, mother, sister, high priest) in the story are given plot armor to the extent it just makes no sense, meaning you have glaring plot holes immediately after a brilliant start.

Some really obvious plotholes:
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  • Why do other noble families/royal ask why they are trying to kill her?
  • Why are they trying to kill her with fire? Why not just have her killed in the mansion?
  • Why are the villains the only people allowed to use underhanded methods?
  • Why is the high priest which has shown contempt of court not investigated?
  • If as the plot says, God exists and gave power to the priests, why would God allow the priest to go unpunished? Clearly God loves the people by giving people power to cleanse a disease ravaging the world.
  • The argument that a nobility (father) cannot be executed is nonsense when they are demoted to a commoner. Yet no one questions that. It's also questionable that no misfortune happens to said commoner after the trial before transit.
  • The elder daughter manages to cheat the exam? Really? What kind of institution does not retain the original or copy of the exam script? Also who would trust the temple after one of their high priest has shown contempt of court? There should likely have been an independent party adjudicating the exam - maybe from the duchess or emperor himself. I wouldn't even be surprised if the emperor would be interested in personally watching her.
  • Big Question - An assassination attempt was made in the middle of the city - why does not one ask "Why is the fire black?"

... Last updated on July 18th, 2020, 10:26am
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by anobletiger
May 28th, 2020, 1:47pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
There's a lot of potential for this series (just finished c. 59). I love the dynamic between her adoptive family and Leslie. Leslie is so precious and i look forward to seeing her experience happier times.
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