Monsters of Verity Duology: Review
Friends, it's time to review a DUOLOGY! I'm not sure that I've reviewed an entire series in one go before because that can get a bit spoiler-y, but I'll do my best in this review to avoid giving anything away. I'll focus on the writing, the fabulous character development, and the spine-tingling chills that I got while reading this duology by one of my favorite authors, Victoria Schwab.
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
This Savage Song may sound creepy... and well, to be honest, it kind of is. It's dark and filled with nightmares that take shape in the form of monsters who look just like men and women. And then there's August Flynn, who just wants to make things right and keep humans safe. The play on morality is deep and complex, but it's a constant thread throughout the duology that makes this dark urban fantasy much more than just a dystopian series of good versus evil. There are of course, elements to an urban fantasy that makes this story a bit more familiar and comfortable to readers- high school drama and bullies, teenage rebellion, and the lingering flames of a star-crossed romance.
Where This Savage Song tests August and Kate's mettle and forces them to come to terms with what they thought was evil and what they thought was good, Our Dark Duet flips all of that upside down. Obviously, I can't go too far into details here but I highly recommend these two books back to back to get the full effect of how every little detail in This Savage Song influenced the paths that August and Kate ended up taking in Our Dark Duet. The second book introduces new characters that bring much-needed levity, and I ended up falling in love with their witty banter! After all, Kate needs more friends.
This entire duology is hopelessly, romantically tragic. To be clear, romance is not a strong theme in this series, nor does it need to be. The action and moral mayhem are enough to captivate readers and more importantly, both Kate and August's characters are strong enough to stand on their own without needing to rely on another character for development.