**The first half of this review will be what I would consider to be spoiler free. All major spoilers will be put under a read more tag to discuss all major character deaths and things of that nature. Those are what I consider spoilers.**
Our Dark Duet is the second and final book in the “Monsters of Verity” Duology . The fist book in the series is This Savage Song.
Our Dark Duet synopsis as it is on the dust jacket:
Kate Harker isn’t afraid of Monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it. August Flynn once yearned to be human. But no longer. He has a part to play, and he will play it. No matter what the cost. The war has begun. The Monsters are winning. 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 it’s victims inner demons. Which will be harder to concor: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?
Let’s talk about character development and how it was done really, really well with August, because he was the one I felt had the most ups and downs overall over the two books. Yes, Kate certainly had her fair share of it. Not nearly as much as August though.
August has essentually taken up Leos position- and since you’re reading this review, I think it’s fairly safe to assume that you already know that Leo is dead. If you have not read the first book in the series, then well.- That happens and now you know. August also has Leo’s voice constantly going through his head. At first, I thought the poor boy might be experiencing some sympotoms of PTSD. Over the course of the book, and by the time the book broke back into part two, I firmly believe that Leo’s soul perminantly resides in August, and he listens.
This was one of the most frustrating things . Augusts’ dramatic personality change during the first part of the book and about halfway through part two, after Kate’s return, he comes to his senses, and sort of tunes Leo out. Then we get to see the August we knew and fell in love with during TSS. I understand the change. I just didn’t find the progression of in all that natural. That being said- In his defense, it very well could simply be because Sunai are naturally controlling. Leo being as manipulative as he is, probably progressed the change. And in a way, August just kind of accepted and gave in.
He starts to back peddle a bit when he is reunited with Kate, as stated before. Kate knocks sense back into him, and Leo has less of a hold over him. Kate gave August back his “humanity” and I think it’s a wonderful display of friendship. It shows just how much Kate means to August.
Kate, had very little character development in comparison, however I also felt that not much character development was needed with her. She had spent a good chunk of her life fighting, and inner turmoil. The best character development seen from Kate is that she can finally bring herself to let people in. To accept help when she needs it.
Although the reader doesn’t get to hear all that much from the newer characters, (With the exception of Alice) they were all good. Which leads me to believe that this might not be the last we see from Verity. Somewhere in the future- perhaps not the near future with everything Victora has on her plate for the next few years. It’s a fairly safe assumption that there will at the very least, be a short novella.
For those of you who love Diversity! A new Sunai has arrived! And they go by they/them pronouns!
That concludes the spoiler free discussion of this book. If you have not finished Our Dark Duet, proceed with caution. I will be discussing the ending, and who did not make it to see the end of the series.
I believe the epic conclusion is worth the read!
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Kate, Alice, Sloan, and Ilsa all die. And I have very conflicting emotions about some of these deaths.
Obviously, I’m glad that Sloan and Alice are gone. They had grusome deaths, and it fit them. However, what really makes me upset is that Kate and Ilsa died. Not just because they were some of my favorites, but simply because they felt useless in regards to the story.- In war, I know casualties happen. Death happens suddenly, and it’s unpredictable. That’s not what bothers me about it. In my last post, I said i was glad she didn’t wap everything up nicely- and that’s still how I feel! I’ve just been thinking about this more and more the past few days.
Ilsa and Kate dying-in regards to the plot felt like a huge cop out on Victoria’s part. Almost like it would keep her from exploring the word more- And clearly it won’t beacuse she kept so much open.
There was no point in Alice killing Kate. There was no explanation as to why Ilsa turned to ash. She simply did, because she needed to die. And I hate that. It felt out of place, and like a “well, this will keep me from writing more in this world.”
It wouldn’t bother me so much if she explained why Ilsa burned. Because she survived going dark once. Why would she burn this time? It’s just one of those things that irks me when authors do that. Usually, when characters die, it has a purpose. Well, maybe i missed something, but it felt like she just decided it on the spot, and then it was never talked about again.
The same with Kate. I won’t repeat myself. I cried during the end. I knew I was going to cry. I just didn’t know I would cry because 2/3 favorites would be gone.
And it’s frustrating because they died for nothing.