Posted By: Frank Miceli
Book number 2 in the Monsters of Verity duology, “Our Dark Duet” picks up not long after the events in “This Savage Song” took place. Roughly 6 months have gone by and the world that Kate and August knew has been ripped apart.
Kate now resides in a different city with monsters of its own. She has teamed up with a rag-tag group of individuals who call themselves the "Wardens". While each member of the group has his/her own special skills, Kate is the only one who hunts monsters each night. The rest of the group reminds me of a bunch of Felicity Smokes from Arrow. While the Wardens mean good, Kate is the only one making any kind of difference in her new home of Prosperity.
August had spent his entire life studying humans, trying to be as human as possible. However, August seems to lose himself a bit after killing his brother in the first book. He now hears his brother’s voice inside his head. The boy August once was, has disappeared. Instead we are privy to August the soldier, ready to play his part no matter the cost. There is only one person who can seemingly save August and remind him of what he once was but she is in another city battling her own demons.
“I don’t know who I am, and who I’m not, I don’t know who I’m supposed to be, and I miss who I was; I miss it every day, Kate, but there’s no place for that August anymore. No place for the version of me who wanted to go to school, and have a life, and feel human, because this world doesn’t need that August. It needs someone else.”
There are new characters introduced in this book, all of which are very interesting. Whether it be Alice (a Malchai who looks like Kate) or Soro (a genderless Sunai) or the Chaos Eater (a new type of monster). The reason monsters existed was well known to the people of Verity by this point. Corsai arose from violent, non-lethal acts. Malchai were born from murders. Sunai came from acts which took the lives of many such as bombings. However, no one knows where the Chaos Eater comes from or better yet, how to kill it. The Chaos Eater gets into your head when you look at it and forces all of your darkest desires forward. It feeds off of the acts it forces humans and monster alike to commit all while watching from the middle of the fray.
“There were two kinds of monsters, the kind that hunted the streets and the kind that lived in your head. She could fight the first, but the second was more dangerous. It was always, always, always a step ahead.”
The one thing I wanted a little more of from this book was perhaps some backstory into the Chaos Eater or a little more time inside its head. While the beginning starts off a bit slow, the last 2/3rds of the book were utterly amazing. Get ready to have your emotions run wild as V.E. Schwab does not hold back. The most important part of the book in my opinion, the ending, was nothing short of perfect. I could not think of a better way to end this duology. Do yourself a favor pick up a copy of "Our Dark Duet" . You will not be disappointed.
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