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Gallant

By: V. E. Schwab
Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
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Publisher's Summary

From the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and A Darker Shade of Magic comes a stand-alone novel where The Secret Garden meets Stardust.

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Prior is missing three things: a mother, a father and a voice. Her mother vanished all at once, her father by degrees and her voice was a thing she never had to start with.

She grew up at Merilance School for Girls. Now, nearing the end of her time there, Olivia receives a letter from an uncle she’s never met, her father’s older brother, summoning her to his estate, a place called Gallant. But when she arrives, she discovers that the letter she received was several years old. Her uncle is dead. The estate is empty save for the servants. Olivia is permitted to remain, but must follow two rules: don’t go out after dusk and always stay on the right side of a wall that runs along the estate’s western edge. Beyond it is another realm, ancient and magical, which calls to Olivia through her blood.

©2022 Victoria Schwab (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"A haunting and beautifully tilled garden of darkness, Gallant unearths the shadows - webs of family history, the price of deadly bargains, and the secrets we guard - a triumphant tale that can’t be missed." (Dhonielle Clayton, best-selling author)

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So tedious!

There have been some excellent reviews but I cannot see why. Rhind-Tutt is perfection as a narrator but I have nothing kind to say about the book. There was very little plot, an enormous amount of repetition and angst and it wasn't particularly well written. I did something I very rarely do and gave up at about two thirds of the way through.

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boring

Struggled to finish this story. Kept getting lost in what was supposed to be a story line.

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Spellbinding

I was just hooked with this book. Captivated, I felt each emotion the characters felt and I drifted deeper and deeper into the concentric circles of this book.

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The narrator was amazing!

I enjoyed Gallant, I was definitely in the mood for a haunted house read 😂 so it suited me perfectly! The narrator was so so good. The sound effects when he is reading the journal gave me shivers. Amazing!

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Loved this!

Beautifully written and perfect narration. A dark, haunting tale that reminded me of The Woman in the Black Dress and The Innocents. I loved every minute of listening to the beautiful words that evolved to an absolutely engrossing story.

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YAF done well

V.E.Schwab tells intriguing stories with remarkable macabre beauty. It is a tale of integrity and family. A horror perhaps. A quick read for fantasy-oriented teens and young adults. It doesn’t have the epic nature of Addie Larue but it has its heart and the soul. So this is lesser but not disappointing.

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It’s okay

The reading is excellent the story is okay when I would rush out and read having really enjoyed the invisible life of Addie, this felt like a disappointment.

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bit hard to enjoy

I found this book a bit boring and long winded. very descriptive but it just kept dragging on and to no end. narration was spectacular loved how he sounds just wish it was a better story.

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Wonderful writing.

Vivid writing and feeling throughout. My first Schwab. I will definitely check out her other books!

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Gripping story

Such Fascinating characters and the story is unique, engrossing, thought provoking and gripping. Great performance too.

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