Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab is the sequel to This Savage Song, a YA urban fantasy duology.
After escaping their own personal evils, Kate Harker and August Flynn went their separate ways. Kate, left Verity and joined a group of college rebels called the Warden’s, attempting to keep Prosperity safe from ending up like Verity–awash in monsters. August, has become the leader of the FTA, taking on Leo’s role as warrior and losing much of his humanity in the process. August fights to keep the monsters of Verity out of their side of the city and win the war.
But a new evil that thrives on chaos will bring Kate back to Verity, to August and the monsters waiting both within and without. Can August and Kate overcome their difference, their inner demons, and win the war?
Ultimately, this was a satisfying conclusion to a good duology. I am glad Schwab didn’t pull any punches when she wrote this one. This book is promoted as a dark urban fantasy and I think this definitely gets delivered.
I did really enjoy this world of monsters and mayhem. I love this idea of having to face your own evil; that your acts cause actual repercussions in the form of monsters. The fact that you have to actually fight your inner demons is just awesome.
The ending was the highlight of this book. It was just fantastic, they way Schwab pulls at our emotions and yet it feels so right, like the book couldn’t have ended in any other way.
Schwab did the same thing in this one that she did in the first one… she introduces side characters, really interesting side characters and really doesn’t do anything with them throughout the rest of the book. I loved the Wardens. They seemed like they were a really fun team and would add an interesting dynamic to the story. I kept expecting them to show up and help Kate in Verity, but alas it wasn’t to be. Maybe Schwab will write a novella about them or something. But it was just a disappointment to get so much of them in the first 50 or so pages and nothing else.
There were also things I expected from August. Things I thought were being hinted toward but were also never delivered. Again, maybe Schwab isn’t done with this world but I was left with quite a few questions.
Ultimately a good duology but probably not one I would read again. This one gets three stars from me.
That’s all for now!