Common Sense of a Duke’s Daughter


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I was reincarnated as the villain character of an otome game, the daughter of a Duke. However, when I regained my memory, I had already reached my “ending.”

My engagement had been cancelled and if things goes according to its “course,” it was set that I will be imprisoned by the church.

Where is my bright future?

Common Sense of a Duke’s Daughter average rating 4.6/5 - 649 user ratings
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Duke’s Daughter
Koushaku Reijou no Tashinami
Simply Good Sense for a Duke’s Daughter
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Haunted Duke’s Daughter (5)
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New calebra rated it
May 20, 2017
Status: v2c51

This series is one of those with female protagonist that I rarely read and end up liking. Mainly because I'm not very fond of stuff with weak, damsel in distress main characters.

The main character, Iris, is a strong, smart and independent woman who can manage a fief and her own company side by side. She's a very likeable character and that's probably the biggest reason why I love reading this.

For the plot, there definitely is one besides her management and building of her... more>> company and family's land. She is slowly getting involved with the fight over the throne and there are also dirty scheming plots in the background that might end up having their country go to another war.

The flow of the story is definitely great and enjoyable and it even has mystery and political battles included in it. Definitely a great find.

Read it for strong and witty female protagonist and the progressing plot. <<less
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New EliSan rated it
May 14, 2017
Status: c74
What I like about this novel is the idea, which, I think, most of the readers from the west didn't quite understand simple because most of us don't know what otome games are. Heroines of such games always go thought some major changes in their life which lead them to meeting a bunch of handsome guys. players always cose great changes to the world of the game, but what other characters of the game think about such changes? Do they like them? What do they think about a girl, that... more>> appeared out of nowhere and turned their everyday life upside down? If some random girl suddenly started flirting with your betrothed, wouldn't you hate her and maybe even do something to her? In the game those girls are labeled "villains", but are they really?

This novels mc is just such a "villain". It's not a story told from a bad characters perspective like most people tend to think. It's a different perspective at those otome games girls in the eastern countries like to play!

But although I like the idea, the novel itself is pretty plain. I couldn't really feel the tension even when mc was going through big problems. Same goes for other characters. I couldn't really sympathies with them. Basically, this novel is exactly like those otome games. It has only one point and that is mc's love story! <<less
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dorkfall rated it
May 8, 2016
Status: --
A very good read to change your pace from Chant Orbs, gun enthusiasts, slime MCs, kumo chans and hitogami...

1. It starts out slightly slow but skips the obligatory hoopla's of being a kid again.
2. Characters beside the MC are kinda hard to tell apart.. (don't know if i'm the only one)
3. Being better than being bitter after a breakup
4. Sadly... no magic users but still a great read nonetheless
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Sherrynity rated it
June 3, 2016
Status: --
**reading the synopsis**
>tag: reincarnated
"Meh, another reincarnation story?" O.o

**tried to read it because I was bored**
**got hooked**
**keep checking Japtem everyday for the newest release**

"Where's the next chapter, oh Cat-sama...." 😞
... more>>

MC was a woman who works with tax in her previous life. She regain her previous life's memories right when she was almost publicly humiliated. With quick thinking she was barely able to slipped out from such predicament. Now after being 'exiled' from the noble society, she decided to use her previous life's knowledge to create a better place for the people in her dukedom.


It's a slice of life story, about a woman who's more noble than those shitty nobles in her country. <<less
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nEoQuIcKsiLvEr rated it
April 27, 2016
Status: c43
One of the best reincarnation Oujo-sama stories I’ve read yet. As the MC doesn’t have a clue about the future as the ending already happened when she gets there. She’s the "rival villainess girl" and gets her “bad end," yet she’s still trying to prevent any further negative consequences.

She doesn’t get the “prince” and her rival "the main girl of the game" can be all lovely dovey with him. She doesn’t care, It’s all about her rising up and building a brand empire. With memories of her past and... more>> current life, she navigates through politics and business. There’s no action in that sense but there’s a lot of glorious drama. It’s a very good and quick read. There are hints of a romance but that is put on the back burner.

It’s funny how we see the other side of how the main girl of shoujo manga’s are usually air-headed, stupid and not to their own benefit but detriment. They wouldn’t survive in the real world. It also shows how providing care for "everyone" leads to extravagant futility. That the prince was actually a wasteful moron as well. This includes everyone in the "main girls" harem, who having some positive qualities and look beautiful are inept to the real world, blind to reality.

So far so good. <<less
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VanAlex rated it
May 7, 2016
Status: --
Like most of the typical novel “Reincarnation, World Transfer and “Overpowered Protagonist” is applied here, the Exceptional Things are “Political schemes, Economic development and Business Management”

The novel is using frame-up technique, but one of the problems in this novel is the slow pacing execution, It’s not really bad but it’s one of those problems that affects the character development. The story is not really complex, nor simple, but to call it unique is an exaggerated remark, this one in the category of ‘exceptional’. The novel does not rely on... more>> the typical tropes of Shoujo themes nor relies on the Adventure themes, most of the time the novel focuses on Business management and Territorial development, it’s not really bad but it makes the novel very ‘predictable’. There’s only few complex things which was mentioned in the novel and almost are very simple, well the as I’ve stated, the story is slow and it’s affecting the development. The Individual elements are so slow, it’s more on foreshadowing the schemes, planning rather than results. The ‘genres’ does not shine very well, the ‘tags'(shorten version of Business Affairs [just look in the information of the novel] are shining so much that most of the chapters are all about the ‘tags’. So the problem here is the Execution, since the novel is quite intelligent but it’s not very intelligent as it seems to be. Well as for the redeeming factor, it’s Intelligent, most of the time is all about the intelligent dialogue and planning, it’s logical, the Business was logical, it’s realistic, like the Improvement of the Fief.

The characters here are very predictable, only few are well rounded and some are still mysterious. Though that might be the case, at least the characters are developing in a very slow way and at least they are not typical as the other novels. The Protagonist is a very intelligent character, but at least she’s not the Perfect Character as it seems to be, but she’s not flawed either too, the only problem to her is that she’s not good at Romance that have lead to trust issues. The supporting characters are flat or not well rounded, but not so much to consider them as plot devices or stepping stone, just bad execution and lack of written developments about them, the only redeeming supporting character is the Queen Dowager, the Mother of the protagonist and the Prince. The antagonist are still your typical stupid characters, except for Yuri who seems to have a mysterious background. So only few are memorable and most are forgettable, well the main problem here is the execution.

Well I’ve mentioned so much Flaws, but I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve never regretted reading this novel, it’s not mindless like most of the novels out there, nor it’s full of unpredictable intelligent writing, it’s really one of those novel that I enjoy despite of flaws, and those flaws are forgivable. This novel is not dreadful, trying hard, nor stupid, it’s a novel that is aware of itself, the whole series focuses on the responsibility of the protagonist. Well the most enjoyable thing here is the process of transferring the knowledge by using that knowledge to improve the livelihood of the people, where responsibility, discipline, and goal setting shines.

Overall if you like to an exceptional world transfer reincarnation overpowered intelligent protagonist, then this is one of the best pick along with “A Realist’s Kingdom Reform Chronicles” before reading Genuine Intelligent Econmic Focus Novels like “Ookami to Koushinryou” and “Maoyuu Maou Yuusha” <<less
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viper764 rated it
April 20, 2016
Status: --
The premise of the story is very misleading.

The essential idea is that the main character is from Japan, and reincarnates into the body of a villainess from an Otome game she played. Except she “merges” with that villainess, and it happens at the moment where the villainess gets a bad end. Great premise.

The problem? The villainess wasn’t really evil.

Everything she does is petty stuff that is justified later. The entire “redemption” promise is completely discarded. Rather, it’s the good guys who are apparently stupid and bad. Everyone that opposes the... more>> MC is shortsighted, ignorant, or dumb. Everyone that supports her is brilliant and capable. She always succeeds in everything she does.

Characters are flat and one-dimensional. Most exist purely to admire and brag about how brilliant the MC is. Because of this, the story is predictable.

Overall, the writing is decent. I can see why people would like it. But a ton of wasted potential. <<less
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makenai89 rated it
October 2, 2016
Status: c50
Reviewed at c50, rated 4.

Common Sense of A Duke's Daughter is a very nice read. However, I wish it would go more forward at times. The way it develops right now, it is rather half-hearted, be it as an otome game-based novel or as domestic affairs-based novel, as well as the political maneuver around the MC.

Still, Common Sense presents a unique charm in the way a modern woman who was transported into the body of a supposed villain in an otome game faces her adversity (yes, she did face adversity).... more>> Also, the novel's characterization are "make sense" and relatable, be it on how the higher echelon of the country acts or how the stupid youths make mistakes. <<less
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caszandra6 rated it
May 23, 2016
Status: --
Interesting plot, more on government and economy which is uncommon for me, I like iris, the fact that she is selfless and goal oriented protagonist makes the story even more interesting. She reminds me of shuurei from saiunkoku monogatari
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Bunnypillow rated it
November 6, 2016
Status: c50
It's really unique and there's also a manga adaption on it! I love it, it's your usual MC recarnates into a different dimension, but I love how strong and clever she is. One my favorites!
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Kagamiya rated it
July 20, 2016
Status: v2c43
All in all it is a good novel, with fresh idea and plot about social-politic and economy, not so cliche romance and enjoyable MC. But the most disappointing about this novel is the writing style that makes reader sometimes got confused, and there are too much skipping in it that the novel's potential cannot brought out.
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ArgosYesu rated it
May 21, 2016
Status: v2c43
Nice, short read. I like the rambles about the economy building. It's kinda jumbled to read all the POV shifts, but I get used to it when good characters pop up.

Because of pics, we get to see Iris (main character) and the other side characters... this time, instead of a bunch of overwhelmingly beautiful men, Iris is quite pretty~~
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Skoonting rated it
September 1, 2016
Status: --
MC experiences no adversity whatsoever. You would think that maybe as the "villain" character in the game she may have many enemies and few friends, but no. She's loved by everyone and has plenty of attractive, talented loyal allies right from the get-go. In addition to that, the land she is given to manage is described as the second-most prosperous in the kingdom. The only thing that isn't going perfect for our beautiful, intelligent, ultra-rich noble-lady MC is the income inequality of the lower-class, but we're never given a real... more>> example that makes us give two shits about it anyway, so I see no reason why I should be invested in this story at all?

I guess the translation is good though, not like it matters. Entire thing is a wasted potential. <<less
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RandomComment rated it
May 3, 2016
Status: --
Whether its shoujo or whatever shouldnt deceive you. This is, hands down, the best isekai/reincarnation story. Its not like some others where the MC is just OP with cheats or reincarnates with knowledge of the worlds future (ie. because its a game or whatever). Rather, the MC comes into the world as the villain, right when the good ending is reached. She then works hard and, though she does use IRL knowledge, the progress she makes and the success she achieves are due to her hard work. She is a... more>> very hard working, intelligent MC, at the same time entertaining. <<less
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girlycookies rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
Although it’s different from other otome stories, as a reincarnation story, the MC displays cliche traits generally found in many other reincarnation novels (generally male leads). She’s very much like a “Mary Sue”: an idealized perfect character who’s so young and beautiful but can yet solve any problem with unworldly abilities. Lacking in seemingly any character flaws, if not endearing, the story revolves around her achievements at a fast pace.

I agree this story itself is unique because it focuses on business and politics. This brings to light the practicalities... more>> of her accomplishments and, of course, her efforts are done with good reason. So there’s no doubt the MC is very intelligent, and it creates for an interesting turn of events now that the story line is no longer follows the format of the otome game. Naturally, she’s a favorable character.

But like a Mary Sue, she doesn’t face too many problems that could obstruct her, and so her large accomplishments happen easily. The development of other characters is also rather shallow in that they either love her or are against her. And those who are against are always wrong and deplorable.

So all-in-all, it has under-developed characters but the story is okay. <<less
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Nume rated it
April 18, 2016
Status: --
Don’t let appearences fool you. This is not you usual otome game reincarnation story. No, this story is a giant “f*%# you” to the cliches of otome games reincarnation stories and otome games in general. The MC is the “villain”, but is kind, intelligent and caring, the “heroine” have dubious morals, and the “romantic interests” are giant self-centered fools. The whole “downfall of the villain” is a giant injustice. The message of the author is very clear: otome games stories are usually stupid when confronted with reality.

Instead of a usual... more>> pink bubble story type, the author delivers us a story about public service, management and politics that makes you think that you are reading Game of Thrones if Tyrion was the MC. It is one of the best stories in this site and I cannot recomend it enough. <<less
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Shien rated it
April 2, 2017
Status: c71
I am hooked to this novel because of the illustration. It is very beautiful ♡. The story also not bad. The plot is not deep. So if you just want a light reading, this is for you. I have hope in the future chapter the author will give a deep and complex plot.

I am more looking forward for the romance though. ♡ I love Dean.

The story itself is a typical "reincarnated into villainess noble girl" story. The smart female lead is a point plus to me, because I am... more>> sick reading a dense female lead. Although at beginning MC is supposed to be villainess noble girl, there is no evil bone in the MC. Even the original MC is so kind that she took homeless orphan to her house. It confuse me. How can a kind hearted girl like this has a villain label? <<less
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Yuuki10 rated it
January 31, 2017
Status: c62
This light novel is interesting. A business woman is reincarnated into a otome game being as "wicked" daughter of a Duke. After her broken engagement with the Second Prince, she starts her journey with her fellows in order to seek the happiness. With her modern knowledge (economic and politic), she stays in her hometown and she trying to built a beautiful place for everyone. And like all story of the time of kings, there are the fight for the throne (fraction, corruption, manipulation...)

It's not a classic reincarnation story with... more>> magic, combat (no many physical) or anything else. So that's why, it's pretty good, interesting and novelty. Moreover, we start the story with a strong and beautiful protagonist so it's perfect for me. <<less
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iyok rated it
June 29, 2016
Status: v1c14
Boring stuffs; not because of the content, but because of the writing style. It dragged on and on. If you have a conversation, you started with greeting and pleasantries, then proceed to talk about the thing you want to talk about. Almost. Every. Dang. Time. It's rather tiring to read. I really don't want to read "hello-how-are-you-how-was-your-day-oh-by-the-way-your-house-is-on-fire" every chapter, every conversation. Did I mention conversations are boring? And that the story itself was so slow and full of filler scenes? For example ther's this one time the MC went into... more>> a restaurant, it went like this:

MC and her grandpa went in. Someone greeted her. They went to sit.

"Welcome. What will be your order"

"I'll take xxx"

"Then I'll take xxx"

Waiter went away and came back "Here is your order~"

I mean, seriously? Do I need to know all these info? It always goes on like this. <<less
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ScotlandForsythe rated it
April 17, 2016
Status: --
Not what I expected. It's awesome and sort of slice of life. Not stupid like a lot of the other ones out there. (Mc is actually smart)

.... read. ^-^
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EdemaRuh rated it
March 30, 2017
Status: c70
It's another example of a great city-building novel. But generic it is not.

I have a lot of complains with this book, but it's 5 stars?? Idek why tbh, it's a really attractive read.

The novel does have some huge issues, for example, the time jumps for instance, terrible idea, it results in the novel losing its elegance in a sense. (E.g. I implement plan, and bam a week later project is done) it's as if the author realises the something was required, so let's introduce it in so that... more>> I have it available.

Tbh, it doesn't really affect the story too much, just me nitpicking.

But then, the plot!!! Ingenious I tell you, truly a spectacular!

To me, the author doesn't seem to present them too well, lacks a bit of tension, especially when the plot twists are sometimes a tad bit too transparent.
Of course, it's just a personal opinion.

However, it's fresh. And there's nothing worse then picking up a book and finding it similar to the past 100 books you've read.

The storyline itself is what takes the cake. Albeit the character development is a bit lacking, the author introduces heaps of spectacular scandals and twists. The economic ideas and what-nots (the city-building aspect of the novel) is the best I've ever read.

Finally, here's a necessary non-spoiler. To those of you complaining about the missing romance aspect of this book. I'm at chapter 70, read till chapter 70 and you will complain no more. <<less
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razgallo rated it
February 4, 2017
Status: c63
The story is interesting but the author has the inability to build up tension makes the story rather predictable in many ways. The characters are totally black and white, ally or enemy, no backstabs or any kind of plot twisting mumbo jumbo because you can clearly see who the villains are if you pay attention.

The villains are tacky and somewhat edgy in a sense that why they are called as such is just because they are an enemy of the main character, they do not have any other reasons for... more>> their actions.

Character development is forgettable, they seem to have a single purpose like those two knights or that maid girl or that merchant or that librarian. They look more like tools for the main character to choose from when she needs them and they are loyal to a fault, not resembling close to human's ever changing behaviour and attitudes. As his majesty Claire wills, so shall it be done.

And with that, the conclusion is that it is not really that bad but it's rife with flawed plot progression and robotic characters. Very predictable, very boring climaxes in every arc. You basically know who wins anyway. Read it if you like city building genres like I am but a caveat that it falls off quite fast, I am only interested in what happens on the fief and nothing else anymore. <<less
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