My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It’s clear that I am unable to give Schwab any fewer stars. Her fault, she writes such perfection.
Our Dark Duet took off from exactly the point TSS left off. I can’t delve much into the plot without spoiling anything, but basically, in this series, we follow two main characters, August and Kate, who lives in a futuristic dystopian-isque world where acts of violence have started manifesting into actual monsters. We have Malchai, who drink blood, Corsai who stays in shadows and eat flesh and bone. And lastly, the Sunai, who eats soul through music. The concept alone is awesome, right?
I was at first vary to dive back so suddenly, I even played with the idea in my mind to reread the first book. Alas, my schedule was hectic and I had no self-control thus I picked it up. The whole first book was hinted upon in this sequel in a way that didn’t felt on the nose while all the backstory got clear in my head.
This world was dark, to begin with, but in the second part, it got so much more gruesome. The writing style of Schwab was something that I always adored, but it shone especially bright in this book. Every word was chosen to precisely fit in a melody, each paragraph break was a part of a poem. That is also why it took me so long to finish this book because I savored and reread pages that were especially delicious.
Newer and more interesting were introduced, yet the characterization on the previous ones was not compromised.
My favorite part would be the expanding on the world-building. Not only we saw another city at the beginning of the book, which added much more richness to the story. But we also got to see the world through a Malchai’s perspective. Looking at North city and the actual dirty world of monsters through the perspective of their own was such a great addition.
The ending was as dark as it should be, as this story deserved, yet entirely believable and amazing.
Overall, I just adore this whole series and this writer. And highly recommend it.