Victoria Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology culminates with Our Dark Duet that picks up a few months after where This Savage Song (reviewed in Books & Authors earlier) left off. The narrative 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 changed 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 uses to build 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 their uses too, and while the Verity City we return to is partly under the control of Sloan — a Malchai (monsters created by an act of murder, and who feed on blood) desperate to have […]

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