Our Dark Duet by V E Schwab

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Our Dark Duet by V E Schwab

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Category: Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Olivia Tierney
Reviewed by Olivia Tierney
Summary: Exceptional sequel that ticks every box you could possibly think of. Fantastic story, great tension, brilliant character development, and scenes that'll have you laughing then crying. I was completely blown away and this book really cements VE Schwab as my favourite author. Highly, highly recommend.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 400 Date: June 2017
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1785652769

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Monsters, mayhem, revenge

Six months after the final events of This Savage Song, Verity is in chaos. All-out war has broken out and the city is now divided into two – with monsters gaining more and more territory in the North and humans battling for survival in the South. At the centre of the action is August Flynn, a monster of incredible power who once longed to be human. He will now stop at nothing to fight and play the part he believes he must. No matter what the cost, no matter how much of himself he loses. Meanwhile, Kate Harker, V City escapee and kick-ass monster hunter, has been busy in Prosperity. But with the arrival of a new monster leaving devastation in its wake and heading straight for Verity, Kate knows she must to return. She must fight for humanity's survival and play her part just like August. Alliances will be tested; old enemies will rise from the dead and past mistakes will come to haunt both August and Kate at every turn. Will they be enough to save the city? And will they each be enough to save themselves from the darkest places within?

What a story. What a conclusion. What an emotional rollercoaster. Our Dark Duet was un-put-downable from start to finish. I absolutely loved it and can't recommend it enough, very different from its predecessor and very entertaining. I can't put into words just how brilliant this book was but I'll endeavour to try…

Firstly, the plot is very clever and keeps you on your toes. I never knew where the story was going and I didn't want to know either – I loved being constantly surprised. It's expertly put together and every chapter is full of excitement; I was very concerned about ripping pages in such a hurry to find out what happened next! The pacing is also executed very well, giving the reader time in the first half of the novel to see the changes in our beloved characters. We can see just how troubled they are by their inner demons, their struggle to fight every day and their tragic succumbing to darkness. It's heart-breaking, but fantastic character development. August and Kate grow so much in the six months apart that readers won't recognise them and their journey of redemption back to themselves has only just begun. Readers will really connect with them, I cheered with them, laughed with them and cried with them. I was very emotionally invested in their stories and loved every minute.

Finally, the writing is irresistible. It's lyrical, gripping, intense and magical. Everything you'd expect from VE Schwab. She's a genius, there's no question about it. If you love epic storytelling then look no further. You won't be disappointed.

A really superb conclusion. I loved every page, definitely one to read!

Very many thanks to the publishers for providing a copy for review!

In terms of further reading, look no further than Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, an epic heist with incredible characters, and its sequel Crooked Kingdom which carries on the story brilliantly.

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