Six months have passed since the events of This Savage Song. Kate, now a resident of Prosperity, hasn’t given up her monster hunting. Although Verity is filled with monsters born of the evil of people, Prosperity isn’t empty of its evils – they are just different evils. Kate has had to attempt to hunt these evils, but has been forced to rely on the help of others.
Meanwhile, August has changed. Having taken over the FTF command after the death of his brother Leo, August has had to adjust. Ever so slowly, August has become more like the monster everyone secretly thinks he is. Though not a human, he is slowly losing the parts of himself that made him closer to humanity. At the same time, the FTF is struggling as they attempt to decide what to do about North City and the influx of refugees.
When a particularly nasty monster escapes Kate and Prosperity, one that turns humans against each other, Kate is forced to return to Verity in an attempt to stop it. She must come together with August and the FTF to save a city that some think isn’t worth saving. Kate is startled by the changes in August and tries to draw him back to the boy she knew. But there are bigger problems to worry about and together they must find a way to destroy a monster they can’t even see.
If you thought This Savage Song was amazing, you will love Our Dark Duet. It’s darker and full of monsters, but it’s also a novel about how things and circumstances can change you – not necessarily for the better – and how one must hold on to themselves. I really loved this book and also how Kate became August’s beacon of humanity. I really love the complexity of this story and how people are not so easily separated into innocent and sinners.
As this is a duology, Our Dark Duet is the end of this tale. Victoria Schwab has completed two series in 2017, but I’m eager to find out what other stories she has in store for us.
My rating: 5/5