July 14, 2017
“I’m willing to walk in darkness if it keeps humans in the light.” ― Victoria Schwab, Our Dark Duet
The greatest heroes are the ones we don’t expect.
Take a monster who steals souls for instance, would he ever save the world? Good question, I guess you’ll have to read this book to find out. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab is the second novel in the Monster of Verity duology following This Savage Song. I read book one back in September of 2016 and I loved it so much. I thought it was one of the most original ideas I had read in a long time. You can read my review on book one HERE fair warning, not spoiler-free. Anyways, the long awaited sequel was published in June of this year and I finally read it and man oh man did it feel good to be back in this world. Book two’s synopsis is as followed:
FROM GOODREADS: 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?
If you read book one and thought it was crazy, then you haven’t seen anything yet when it comes to the monsters… All three of the original monsters, Corsai, Malchai, and Sunai are back, but a new player has come to town and from its first appearance, things start to go downhill.
Like book one, the novel changes point of view, it works very well for the story. I did find myself wanting to skip some parts because of some of the cliffhangers in the other POVs but I wouldn’t recommend it because it’s worth it.
What I like most about these novels and two in particular is not just the original idea, but the way Schwab was able to use monsters to really showcase the struggles of humanity. Using August and the others gave the reader an outsider’s view of the world of human beings and I think that was a brilliant move. The monsters are made from human choices and if that isn’t a metaphor in itself then I don’t know what is.
Along with Kate, August, Henry, Ilsa, etc, there are a handful of new characters that I really enjoyed getting to know and if this wasn’t a duology then I would love to get to know them, especially Soro. Even though I wish there was another book I think the story was wrapped up nicely and will be reading both of them again. Did I get all the endings I wanted for each character? No, but in the end, after thinking about it, it ended just the way it should have.
There is a lot to be said about my emotions as I read this book. If I could become a sinner because of all the profanity and violent screeches that came out of my mouth as I read this then my soul would be BRIGHT RED. In a good way…I think. Do not think that I hated this book because it is the COMPLETE OPPOSITE. I loved it so much, but my heart can only take so much… I had to set it down a few times to regain my composure after certain moments. If you have read this book then you know exactly which ones those are. I think it’s safe to say that I was locked into an emotional rollercoaster for the duration of Our Dark Duet.
Calling it a page turner would be a bit of an understatement. I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN. I tried to pace myself as I tend to barrel through books and never remember key details *cough* THRONE OF GLASS *cough*. However, I did manage to hold onto quite a bit during my read and I can definitely say that it hooks you in and you better hold on tight, my friends. Also, if you didn’t love August Flynn in book 1 (for some horrible reason) then you will in book 2. Both he and Kate go on separate and combined journeys that really make the story full of layers and offers something for everyone.
Overall, I give this book 5/5 stars. I thought it was entertaining, heart-warming, full of action, and a twisted tale of two people who will fight for everything no matter the cost. If you don’t think you will like the series, I implore you to give it a go. Both books are something special and I will definitely be checking out Victoria Schwab’s other novels. I will leave you with the song that started it all
“Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul”
– Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song
Happy Monster Hunting!