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Even as I flipped through the very first pages of Gallant, I understood immediately why V.E. Schwab's work comes highly recommended. Through her beautiful storytelling she hits all the right notes of Gothic Horror and displays the decrepit and long-forgotten dead occupying the world of a mute and long-forgotten orphan.
Not only is the story captivating, but the style in which this novel is written and presented is artful. While Olivia is alone for much of her journey, Schwab includes the reader as a constant companion by sharing journal pages. We pour over her mother’s frantic words along with her, pondering her disappearance, the beautiful ink drawings, and the warning in the very last entry.
This is a must-read for any aspiring Horror fan; especially one fascinated by the mystery shrouding Death.
(Young Adult, Ages 14+) - Reviewed by Apollo