Our Dark Duet by VE Schwab
Our Dark Duet continues the stories of Kate Harker and August Flynn, six months after the events of This Savage Song. You should read that novel before going any further with this review. The review for This Savage Song can be found here.
Kate has moved to Prosperity, a town richer than Verity, but slowly being corrupted by monsters, but these aren’t the monsters that she is used to; the Corsai, Malchai and Sunai. The monsters of Prosperity eat hearts. Although these monster attacks are not being portrayed as such. Kate has also realised that although she doesn’t want to make connections she is tired of being on her own and has surrounded herself with a team of hackers known as The Wardens who alert her to these attacks. It is interesting to see Kate struggle with caring about others and letting them into her life and being aware that they are more than just her team.
August has also changed a lot since the events at the end of This Savage Song, with Leo’s voice in his head, he has stopped asking questions about whether he has a soul, and now leads a team that flushes out the sinners from the refugees coming from South Verity, as well as destroying as many Malchai and Corsai as possible. August’s life is much more militaristic and constrictive than previously seen which is sad, but it’s interesting to see more of how the FTF is run.
In Verity things have gone from bad to worse, there is now no connection to the outside world, and only North Verity provides as long as you join up to fight. South Verity now belongs to Sloan and he is making plans to take out the Flynn's once and for all. Sloan still longs for the day that he can kill Kate, whereas he is content to let Alice go after August. Sloan and Alice’s contemptuous alliance is fun to read, as both of their personalities are so different from each other and also from the humans whose deeds spawned them. Sloan is much more obsessive about his goals, while Alice is a playful psycho, who is all about death, death and more death. Alice to me feels like a cat toying with August, just to see how he will react.
Kate comes back to Verity after a very different monster emerges in Prosperity, this monster can intensify and control the hatred in humanity leading them to extreme acts of violence. Eventually known as a Chaos Eater, this monster feeds on violence and proves to be very difficult to find and define. Kate knows that the harm the Chaos Eater can inflict on Verity is substantial and that she has to warn August of this new threat, even though it means giving up the life she is slowly building for herself.
I liked how different Kate and August’s relationship is, how well they know and understand each other, even though they still struggle to communicate properly, in a way they are both reminders of each other's pasts and what they have lost in trying to keep Verity from falling. Kate and August bring out both the best and worst in each other, which is needed when facing Sloan and working out what he is trying to do. It really felt that at times the characters were pieces on a chessboard, with the players having very different strategies with various strengths and weaknesses.
For a book that is over 400 pages in length, the story felt like a quick and easy read. The characters are presented in a way that even when they are hurting and making bad decisions you still want to know what happens next. Whether their decisions will lead to Verity becoming monster free or for some of the characters to work out that there are different ways of seeing that the world is not just black or white, or in this case red or white. The ending of Our Dark Duet is dramatic, I really didn’t see it coming, but it is written in a way that felt like it was the only way this story could have ended.
This Our Dark Duet book review was written by Michelle Herbert
All reviews for: Monsters of Verity
This Savage Song
Monsters of Verity #1
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city, a grisly metropolis where the violence has begun to create real and deadly monsters. All Kate wants is to be a...
Our Dark Duet
Monsters of Verity #2
Kate Harker is a girl who isn't afraid of the dark. She's a girl who hunts monsters. And she's good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No ...
Have you read Our Dark Duet?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Our Dark Duet reader reviews
8.5/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge, they are saved by the Wizard. He takes them into the caves of Fundindelve, where he watches over t...
The Dark is Rising Sequence
On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is ...
Three Hearts and Three Lions
The gathering forces of the Dark Powers threaten the world of man. The legions of Faery, aided by trolls, demons and the Wild Hunt itself, are poised to overthrow the Realm...
His name is West. Her name is Cally. They speak different languages and come from different countries thousands of miles apart, but they do not know that. What they do know...
The Abhorsen Chronicles
Who will guard the living when the dead arise? Sabriel is sent as a child across the Wall to the safety of a school in Ancelstierre. Away from magic; away from the Dead. Af...
The Chrestomanci Series
Diana Wynne Jones
Orphans Eric Chant (nicknamed Cat) and his sister Gwendolen, a gifted witch, are whisked away to live in a castle with Chrestromanci, a much-revered man of magic, wealth an...
It has lain lost and forgotten for fifteen hundred years in the ancient heartland of England – a scrap of glass and metal melded by fierce fire. It is the lost core o...
Charlie Keeper has been forced from her home by a bloodthirsty and terrifying stranger. But in escaping she discovers her house holds the gateway to the Realm of Bellania -...
The Tragedy Paper
Every year at an exclusive private boarding school in New York state, the graduating students uphold an old tradition – they must swear an oath of secrecy and leave b...
The Very Best of Charles de Lint
Charles de Lint
Charles de Lint, a fantasy author who has left the same mark on the genre of myth and legend much as the likes of Sir Thomas Malory, Christian Anderson, Grimm, who has foun...
The Testament of Tall Eagle
John R Fultz
A young warrior's vision-quest unveils an alien city full of magic and mystery. As a tribal rift threatens to destroy Tall Eagle's people, night-crawling devils sta...
Out of Oz
The marvellous land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on...
Alif the Unseen
G Willow Wilson
He calls himself Alif - few people know his real name - a young man born in a Middle Eastern city that straddles the ancient and modern worlds. When Alif meets the aristocr...
After an inexplicable catastrophe on Earth, John Bridgeman is left to scrap out a solitary existence, surrounded by bodies and haunted by the girlfriend he cannot allow to ...
R.H. Ragona's Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass - remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone - are wonders ...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
- Recommended high fantasy books/series
- Recommended parallel universe / Alternate reality books
- Recommended books/series featuring wizards and magicians
Best of 2016
A small group of commuters and tube workers witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They make their escape through a service tunnel. Reaching a door they step through......
It is for the entities known as Sleepwalkers to cross the doors between dreams, and hunt the nightmares that haunt sleeping minds. Theirs is a world of impossible vistas, wher...
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhunes make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods?The answer lies across the...
A Time of Dread
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient en...
The Last Dog on Earth
Adrian J Walker
Every dog has its day... And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can...
The Shadow Crucible
Taking humanity back to their primordial beliefs and fears, Estella confronts Mikhail’s faith by revealing the true horror of the lucrative trade in human souls. All ...
The Dog Stars
Hig, bereaved and traumatised after global disaster, has three things to live for - his dog Jasper, his aggressive but helpful neighbour, and his Cessna aeroplane. He's...
Beren and Luthien
Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien wil...
Life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall - named after the imposing stone barrier which separates the town from a grassy meadow. Here, young Tristran Thorn h...