The Last Duchess, by Laura Powell

This book follows the story of Pattern, a lady’s maid, the main character in this terrific story of courage, friendship and magic. Pattern seems invisible to the outside world, but she is fearless, clever and fierce. All these qualities help her protect her mistress, the Duchess of Elffinberg. The young duchess is not only threatened by a beast of a dragon, but from the people inside the castle too. She can’t figure out who she can truly trust.

The two girls soon become close friends and the story suddenly turns into a fight for life and death. For only then, they find out that picture-perfect Elffinberg holds a deep, dark and deadly secret under its layers of beauty.

The book’s tense atmosphere and intriguing characters keep you gripped until the end; I just couldn’t put it down. It is a mystery with a devilish twist, humour and a plot which keeps you hooked.

I would rate this book a 5/5 because of its enchanting fairytale backdrop, fascinating characters and most of all its gripping drama, danger and sense of adventure. Enough to make it one of my all time favourites.


Treasure Box fit for Royalty

This royally-red treasure box would look magnificent on your desk. The perfect decoration to spice up your room.


  • Wooden box
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Gold card
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Gems
  • Black marker
  • Tape


1. Paint the wooden box red and let it dry.

2. Draw an outline of a crown on the gold card, cut it out and tape the two edges together.

3. Glue gems onto the outline of the crown and then glue the crown to the lid of the box.

4. Using a black marker write ‘The Last Duchess’ onto the front face of the box or your name.

5. Then you’re done!

Top Tip:

Get an adult to help you stick the crown on to the lid of the box as you need to be very careful, neat and precise.

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