• V.E. Schwab

Our Dark Duet


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 matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.


Where do I even begin with trying to put into words how incredibly dark and delicious this incredible book was, which I would have never imagined reading this series in the first place due to my fear of the dark.

After I finished sobbing in my little nook on the couch, I instantly starting writing down little dot points to help assist me with writing this review, yet I find myself staring at the title of the book and struggling to put into words just how much Schwab absolutely nailed it. She kills me, every single bloody time she kills me, but I keep coming back for me.

Our Dark Duet kicks off several months after the events of the first novel This Savage Song. (Can we just take a moment to appreciate the title of these novels, how freaking poetic are they?!). We begin with Katherine (Kate Harker) slaying monsters in Prosperity – the city she fled to after leaving behind Verity following the events in This Savage Song.

Right from the beginning the plot is fast paced, bringing back our returning characters from the first novel (Still swooning over August over here) and then Schwab hits us a brand spanking new and even more monstrous monster than we thought was even possible.

Kate and August – our two main characters went through enormous character growth throughout the dulogy, whether they wanted to or not they both had to face up to responsibilities they were not ready for - to watch the damage it brought upon their souls was heart wrenching, especially August – sweet and lost little August from This Savage Song was no more. Kate was always a badass and she became even more badass throughout Our Dark Duet and I honestly love her character so much, she had lost almost everything she held dear but she kept on fighting to make right what her father had done wrong. Schwab just has this incredible ability to create the most intriguing characters who have so much depth to them and are so unique. When you lose one or two of them it is utterly heart wrenching – no, it’s actually gutting – I’m still crying trying to write this review Schwab!

I found the battle between good vs evil and what classes you as good and what classes you as evil is a strong message throughout the novel and it really makes you think, does one act of bad make you a bad person or does all the good you do and have done since override it?

Schwab’s writing has incredible depth in her writing, she has a sense of poetry, she creates an utter symphony with her words, and Our Dark Duet is a masterpiece. I will forever come back to her works; she is an auto buy author for me no matter how soul destroying it is – I love it.

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