Title: Our Dark Duet
Author: Victoria Schwab (V.E. Schwab)
Date completed: July 17th 2017
Goodreads rating: 4 stars
THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.
KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.
AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.
THE WAR HAS BEGUN.
THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.
Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.
Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?
I loved Our Dark Duet just as much as I loved This Savage Song. Honestly, I can’t believe it took me so long to get into Victoria Schwab’s writing, because it’s amazing and she’s amazing and I’m a bit obsessed.
The world was my favourite part of This Savage Song, and nothing changed. I loved that the world Victoria created developed as the plot progressed, rather than remaining static. In a way the world felt like another character, and that incredible depth and detail was what made it really stand out. I loved that we got to explore outside Verity, and see parts of the world where monsters hadn’t yet taken over. I wish I could climb inside Victoria’s brain and watch her worlds come together, because they’re incredible.
The characters continued to stand out in Our Dark Duet. August and Kate in particular get some pretty serious charactet development, which was wonderful to read. They changed along with Verity as the city descended into war, sometimes drastically. The secondary characters were also given a bit more page time, which I loved!
Unlike This Savage Song, which began with character introductions and scene setting, Our Dark Duet jumped right into the action. I thought the pacing was perfect, with a good split between action and more introspective scenes. As for the actual plot arc, it was brilliant. The ending in particular was perfect – dark, sad, but hopeful.
When I attended Victoria’s book signing one of the things she spoke about was how This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet were inspired by the acts of violence occurring around the world, and the need for these acts to have some tangible consequence. The ideas of refugees, soldiers, and banding together dispute historical differences undoubtedly ring true in today’s world.
Basically, if you haven’t read the Monsters of Verity duology, you should. It’s bloody great.