Our Dark Duet by Victoria SchwabOur Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark Duet

byVictoria Schwab

Hardcover | June 13, 2017

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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.


Victoria Schwab is the daughter of a British mother and a Beverly Hills father. She has published twelve books, ranging from middle grade to adult, and her books have garnered several starred reviews. Her adult novel Vicious was named to several best-of-the-year lists, and the second book in her adult Darker Shades series was a New Yor...
Title:Our Dark DuetFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.57 inPublished:June 13, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062380885

ISBN - 13:9780062380883


Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY HEART Kate is now in Prosperity, hunting monsters, with a group of people she casually met? This was super weird to me but ok, she’s a hunter, she’s a badass, I like that. August is fighting for the people of the south of Verity, becoming more and more like his brother Leo, losing his humanity with every note he plays. They are barely surviving the war against Sloan (Kate’s father Malchai pet) Now Kate has to go back to Verity, in search of a new kind of monster that’s trying to break her mind. She barely makes it to the South side of the city only to be almost killed by Soro, a new Sunai, who doesn’t understand that the lines are blurring, that a tainted soul doesn’t mean the person can’t change. As you know by now Kate killed a FTF dude when she was running from Sloan on “This Savage Song” which means she created a monster and her soul changed from white to red. What I was waiting for since page one is Kate and August’s reencounter, it didn’t exactly go as I wanted, but it was good. It was what August needed to remember his old self and what Kate needed to not feel so alone. So many events, this book was nothing but a page-turner. I don’t want to go into the plot anymore, because I will be giving away way too many good things, and way too many bad things. BUT THE CONCLUSION. OH MY GOD. Let’s just say I ended with a void in my stomach. I felt like things could’ve gone differently, but again August is not a hero, he’s a monster, and Kate is not a heroine, she’s a human, they both have flaws and make mistakes. There were some loose ends, like Kate’s friends in Prosperity, they just disappeared into thin air, so why introduce them in the first place? Why didn’t we go deeper into August feelings for Kate, and vice versa? I know there was something there. I KNOW IT! but when I think about it, how could it work? UGH! I LOVED THIS STORY BUT I FEEL TERRIBLE
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm so happy I finally read this duology. It's so rewarding reading novels by Victoria Schwab. She writes flawed characters so well, and always has the most interesting story ideas. My favourite part is still August and Kate's friendship and watching it grow over the course of these two books. My heart is so full for them and that ending was completely brutal. I liked getting a look at a different city in this world and seeing how it differs from Verity, but I would have loved to see even more! There could definitely be more story lines in this fucked up nation and I wouldn't hesitate to read more about it. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Finale Like all books written by Victoria Schwab, this was a beautiful, tragic, emotional story that will haunt you long after you closed the book. The story picks up a few months after the events of THIS SAVAGE SONG, with both August and Kate having veered off in different directions but leading vastly similar lives. Fate inevitably twines them back together and pits them against new, terrifying monsters, and even worse, their own inner demons. Kate had exponential growth as a character and faced two unconventional demons, but it was August's inner demons and turmoil that really stole the show. For the most part, this sequel was a little slow in the middle, allowing for a lot of tension and drama between the characters and their internal wars. That said, the ending was explosive and unpredictable, right until its gut-punch, heartbreaking ending. This duology was beautiful and heart-wrenching and unforgettable, and I recommend it to literally every person I know who enjoys reading. It will break your heart, but you'll never forget it.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book put me through such a hard time because of the pain the characters were put through and the fact that i didn't want to finish the book. It was beautiful and heartbreaking but something everyone should experience
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best sequel! This was a fantastic conclusion to the Monsters of Verity duology! V.E Schwab as always as incredible writing which keeps you drawn in the story and make you laugh, cry, shout.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Victoria never disappoints while I enjoyed This Savage Song, Our Dark Duet really blew me away. I love these characters and the ending in my opinion really brought this duology full circle and gave us readers closure despite the sadness. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from V.E. Schwab is a master! This is was such a fitting end for such a dark story. Schwab is one of my favourite authors and this duology was incredible. A must read.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well written sequel ***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!
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book This book really surprised me with the story line and the character growth. Great book indeed!
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good book Not to spoil or anything, but this is a heartwrenching book that not just focuses on love, but focuses on action, life, and hope. Not to mention how it's beautiful too.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOOOOOOVE Yes, thank you Victoria Schwab , I LOVE CRYING MY FACE OFF IN PUBLIC. (This book should have come with a goddamn warning….) While I absolutely adored the first book, somehow the second was even better! The entire premise of these books will leave you questioning your definition of “monster” and mourning your once innocent view of bad guys vs. good guys. A stunning finale to a truly unique and lovely story . *Spoilers Below* Was no one else totally SHOCKED when Kate died????? I had been very slightly spoiled before reading this, to the point where I knew there was an emotional ending. BUT THIS WAS SO BEYOND THAT. I was listening to the audiobook while I was at work and this just led to me bawling, hiding in a back office, trying to pull myself together, (and failing, miserably). If I had to have guessed at the ending I would have assumed that maybe August died? … or “faded,” peacefully? … some sort of happy and heroic ending to fit his character. I was in NO WAY ready to read him mourning for Kate. I gave both books in this series a 5 star review on Goodreads. They are flawless and I would recommend them to absolutely everyone!
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Most aspects of this book were decent, but I had trouble caring about any of the characters or what was happening.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Most aspects of this book were decent, but I had trouble caring about any of the characters or what was happening.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Almost DNFed I hated this book with a passion. The first was alright; not her best work, in my opinion, but an interesting and compelling read. I was eager to move on to the sequel, but honestly, I skimmed through 90% of this book. I am immensely relieved to be finished with it, and I am unsure as to whether I will be picking up anything else by this author.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good so far i'm looking forward to reading this one in my cozy socks. I'm about 60 pages in and loving it so far #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Gave as a birthday present, and the person loved. it.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great sooooo good! but so sad! love Schwab's writing
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful what a unique and well-suited ending for this amazing duology. SPOILERS; if you're one of those people who can only be satisfied with a happy ending, don't read. i'd call it a bittersweet ending, because im hopeful. I LOVE the range of emotions this book put me through. although it was a page-turner, there were some parts that i just had to stop reading because it was bad - not the writing, just where the story was headed had the foreshadow-y miserable aura that i did NOT want to read. it is VERY well written though, and this book couldn't be any more perfect.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even better that the first one Our dark duet is everything I wanted for the first one and even more. While I found this savage song dragging at some moment, this one keep going, I read most of it in one setting. I couldn't put it down. The characters arc was amazing, the plot was thick and it was a roller coster of emotion that let me broken inside, but honestly in the best way.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the 1st Although still a page turner, I wanted the book to end. It wasn't as gripping as the first book and not as much character depth as I'd hoped.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent!!!!! ** spoiler alert ** My god this book filled me with so many emotions. This was a wonderfully painful ending to August and Kate's story. Though sad it was necessary in a way that can't be explained. I have loved reading about these characters so much like I did in Victoria Schwab's other series, she is so good and getting you to care about the characters, to feel for them. This whole story was beautifully crafted and just so incredibly enjoyable to read. The setting was so detailed as well as the creatures that lurked in the dark. The bonds/relationship between the characters were so moving and amazing to read about that it just added so much to the series, I've never read a single one of Victoria's books where I've been able to find a character I didn't like. I loved that we got to see what life was like in a place outside of Verity where the monsters were still generally unknown among the people. I'm also so glad we got to spend so much of this finally seeing August and Kate back together because they are just phenomenal together and they bring out the best in one another. This whole series was mind blowingly fantastic and I would definitely suggests reading it if you're looking for an excellent book
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great duology A good ending, but nearly as great as the first
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great duology A good ending to a series, but not nearly as great as the first.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good It was a decent conclusion.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I NEED MORE I was a tiny bit disappointed about the ending, but overall, it's a great ending to the series
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars for few shudders it gave me when reading from Sloan's POV. Maybe I should have re-read the first book since I forgot the whole plot and the 3 different types of monsters. It was well-written but I just couldn't relate to the characters and didn't have any attachment to any of them either.
Date published: 2017-07-06

Editorial Reviews

“Explosive . . . Be prepared for a breakneck pace, new monsters, darkness, and all the feels.”