Our Dark Duet

Our Dark Duet

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A New York Times bestseller

The bestselling sequel--and conclusion--to Victoria Schwab's instant #1 New York Times bestseller This Savage Song.

Kate Harker is a girl who isn't afraid of the dark. She's a girl who hunts monsters. And she's good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows--one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim's inner demons--it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She'll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

A gorgeously written dark fantasy from New York Times-bestselling author Victoria Schwab, and one to hand to fans of Holly Black, Laini Taylor, and Maggie Stiefvater.


Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780062380883
Characteristics: ii, 510 pages ;,22 cm.


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Dec 22, 2018

'Our Dark Duet' isn't quite as good as its predecessor. I think the main reason I didn't like it as much was the romance. August and Kate were amazing as best friends. There was none of the superficial and angsty romance that populates most YA—until now. It was unexpected and abrupt and totally unnecessary. The plot also didn't have as much purpose as the first book, but it still grabbed me and kept me reading for a long time.
One thing I admired about 'Our Dark Duet' was the message. How people are not defined but what colour their soul is, that people change—

For the worse, or for the better.

Jan 25, 2018

This sequel breaks the scale. Schwab is not playing nice in this book, but it was brutally amazing! Our Dark Duet begins six months after the end of the first book, with Kate in Prosperity fighting monsters and August doing his rightful duty, reaping sinners, with his FTF crew. North City has been overtaken by monsters and Harker’s Malchai, Sloan alongside his eerie accomplice Alice; Kate’s monster. Kate and August are like a closed saga- two characters that aren’t expecting to ever meet again despite the time they shared together in which they slayed monsters and ran from civilization. But when war presses on both sides and the fight is humans against monsters, will the scales ever tip in their favours? This book was fast paced and thrilling, the perfect combination for this creepy and yet somehow heartwarming novel. Rating 5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 13, 2017

***Possible spoilers below. You’ve been warned***

The plot was off to a pretty slow start in this one. Before I start, I’d have to recommend you read This Savage Song before going to this book. You would need the foundation that was set up in This Savage Song to really benefit and enjoy reading Our Dark Duet.

As mentioned before, the plot was off to a slow start. Kate and August are on both different ends of the spectrum but have changed drastically. They’ve definitely ‘grown up’ so to speak. Kate becomes monster hunter extraordinaire. August leads his own squad in the FTF. Kate’s part of the story was definitely more interesting. Despite trying hard not to warm up to people she manages to have her small group of friends (but of course, shuns them anyway despite one of them trying to reach out to her numerous times). I love this quality in Kate. It makes her so much more realistic and puts her way from the group of those ‘stone cold butt kickers that apparently have no soul’.

That being said about Kate. Oh. Lord. That ending. Kate dying with August nearby got my stomach into knots and twists. I can’t believe it. It was beautifully written though and a suitable ending for her. Kate was pretty much a pariah and a lone wolf. August was one of the few that was able to get to know Kate at a more deeper level. It was only fitting that she meets her end with that one person by her side. Beautifully done.

I didn’t really think the romance scene between Kate and August was necessary. It was a minor filler that didn’t need to be added. I never saw August and Kate that way. They were too different and didn’t have that nice ongoing chemistry together. Fighting partners, yes. Partners in love? No I don’t think so.

So more about characters dying. Am I the only one that felt a punch to the gut when Ilsa died? Ilsa was a character I really loved in these two books. She went down in a blaze of glory though (albeit, a shocked blaze of glory.)

You have to admit, Sloan is one of the better villains I have read in a long while. I like him teaming up with Alice even though villains they are, they are looking out for themselves. He’s creepy, malicious, calculating, and cunning. He’s a perfect villain.

The last half of the book, which was filled with action, blood, explosions and all the good stuff set the pace for the great ending to a wonderfully written duology. I know fans out there are asking for more, as it’s not the end of the adventures for August and Soro. For me, it’s just enough and it’s a perfect ending. Well done Ms Schwab! Now I’m off to read your other works!

Oct 25, 2017

Monsters and monster hunters. This book has a Walking Dead feel to it. Strangely interesting.

Oct 19, 2017

This book is very dark. More violent than I usually like, but I think it was necessary given the story it was telling.

Schwab does an excellent job of developing a strong flawed heroine fighting her inner demons. Kate isn't necessarily somebody you want to be, but she's definitely somebody you want to learn about.

I wasn't as interested in August in this book as I was in This Savage Song. He definitely takes a back seat to Kate in Our Dark Duet, and he has changed quite dramatically in the interim.

I can't exactly say I loved reading this book, but I was fascinated by it and it kept me turning the pages. Definitely for more mature readers though.

Jul 13, 2017

I waited so long for it and I'm not lying when I say it was worth the wait

Jul 10, 2017

I enjoyed the first book a lot more. The idea is interesting, and I can't point to any specific things that are really wrong with this, but I just did not get emotionally engaged.


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Dec 22, 2018

Sexual Content: Two characters passionately kiss and embrace each other. A minor character is gay.

Dec 22, 2018

Coarse Language: Occasional uses of sh**, damn, and hell. F**k is used two or three times.

Dec 22, 2018

Violence: 'Our Dark Duet' is crammed with blood and gore from beginning to end. Humans fight humans, humans fight monsters, and monsters fight monsters. There are some detailed descriptions of fights that involve weapons such as guns, knives, spikes, teeth, nails, and claws. Monsters tear our each other's throats and feast on humans.


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Dec 22, 2018

It finds death
in ten thousand
beating hearts
ten thousand
restless bodied
tuned like
to be played
and together
they will
- Page 471

Dec 22, 2018

People were messy. They were defined not only by what they'd done, but by what they would have done, under different circumstances, molded as much by their regrets as their actions, choices they stood by and those they wished they could undo. Of course, there was no going back—time only moved forward—but people could change.
For worse.
Or for better.
It wasn't easy. The world was complicated. Life was hard. And so often, living hurt.
So make it worth the pain.
- Page 510

Aug 26, 2017

"I'm willing to walk in darkness if it keeps humans in the light." -August Flynn

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Dec 22, 2018

KATE HARKER isn't afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she's good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.



Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims' inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

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