FICTION: THE MONSTERS WITHIN US

Victoria Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology culminates with Our Dark Duet that picks up a few months after where This Savage (reviewed in Books & Authors earlier) left off. The stays with the protagonists from the earlier novel, Kate and August, alternating perspectives between the two lead characters in the same style as that employed in This Savage Song. Our Dark Duet continues Kate and August’s stories in a world that hasn’t at its core — the cities continue to be rife with violence, supernatural terrors lurk in the dark, and each being that lives just to take human lives exists only because human lives were taken. The central premise Schwab to this world remains as intriguing, as exciting and as frightening a second time around: what if, for every act of human violence, a physical, literal monster was born, one that feeds either on flesh or blood, or worst of all, on human souls. But monsters have uses too, and while the Verity City we return to is partly under the control of Sloan — a Malchai (monsters created by act of murder, and who feed on blood) desperate to have […]

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