I’ve finished another book this week (hurrah) and it was another 5 star read from the wonderful Victoria Schwab!
Our Dark Duet is the sequel to This Savage Song, the first book in the Monsters of Verity duology by the incredible V. E. Schwab. I read This Savage Song at the end of January and loved it, but had a break from the series (for a week) to read King of Scars. Even though I’d had a break in another fictional world, it was so easy to get back into the story and to remember the characters and plot to date.
This book continues August Flynn’s and Kate Harker’s stories after the events of This Savage Song and wow – it did it so well. You always hear about ‘second book syndrome’ where the sequel to an amazing book isn’t as good, but this definitely wasn’t the case here. I read this book so quickly, and I absolutely loved it. I think the narrative was so good and I love Schwab’s characters and their storylines.
I don’t want to give too much away as this is a sequel, so I’ll be keeping this review short. The characters of August and Kate developed so much in this book, it was great to see. I loved the separate narratives each character had throughout, as well as the narratives of other creatures. The monsters were, again, terrifying, and it was interesting to see the way they interacted among themselves in this book too, as well as with the human characters.
I enjoyed reading more about the Compound in the South side of the city, as we didn’t see much of it in the first book. I also liked seeing another town at the start of this book, one that was mentioned previously, but we had not seen. The characters in that town were great, and I liked how different it was to Verity, whilst keeping some of the same elements.
Again, I can’t seem to think of anything negative to say about this book. The ending did shock me a bit but it was also excellently done. I think that, again, Victoria Schwab has written an amazing series, and created a brilliantly scary world in Verity City, and I will definitely be rereading these at some point. I think they have become some more of my favourite books – unsurprisingly.
Have you read this book/this duology? If so, what did you think? Let me know!