Book Review: Gallant
It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday! Okay, I’ll stop with the awful song lyrics. I’m just glad it’s the end of the week, aren’t you? I hope you have some amazing plans set up. I happened to finish all my grad school stuff super early this week so I’m going to enjoy lots of relaxation and zero plans.
Anywho, it’s time for another book review!
This time I read Gallant by V.E. Schwab.
I’m a big fan of Schwab’s work after reading a number of her works and loving them. I especially love her Cassidy Blake series, so check out the associated review links below if you’re wanting to read more of her stuff. It’s great MG spooky fun!
The moment I saw the blurb for Gallant I knew I had to read it. It has portal fantasy written all over it, and I can’t get enough! Keep on reading for the review, people!
Associated Review Links
Book Review: City of Ghosts
Book Review: Tunnel of Bones
Book Review: Bridge of Souls
Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.
Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.
Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.
Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?
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What a fun portal fantasy novel!
I’ve been a big fan of V.E. Schwab since reading her Cassidy Blake series and Vicious. I expect great things when reading her works, and overall I was happy with this novel.
Olivia Prior lives at a girls’ school. She’s never known her parents, the only memento of their existence a journal from her mother with random scribblings throughout. Her gray, dreary life changes when she receives a letter from an uncle beckoning her to Gallant, a place her mother has warned never to go in her journal. Excited to started a new page in life and discover where she belongs, Olivia is taken to this strange location, not knowing the grim quest she’s about to embark on.
Olivia was a fun MC. I always favor characters with interesting flaws or disabilities, and Olivia’s muteness made her unique. I also liked her wild spirit and how she didn’t just accept the cards dealt to her. She questioned authority at every turn, and I really respected that.
The only quip I can think of with her character is that she doesn’t seem to truly connect with anyone throughout. Given her orphan status, I understand how tough that must be, but wanted to see a bit more connection regardless.
I love the grim ambience of this novel! I instantly got a Tim Burton feel, something of a Coraline vibe, and I was living for it.
The plot was entertaining, but more of a slow burn for me. The first half of the book moved a bit slow for my liking and I wanted more answers provided, but it does speed up in that last half and that’s where this book really shines. I loved the portal fantasy aspect of things and the other side had me on the edge of my seat. The ghouls were also instrumental in keeping the tone grim throughout, so kudos to those creepy shadowy figures!
Overall, this isn’t my favorite book by this author, but I had plenty of fun and this is a great book for teens or anyone who loves portal fantasy. Definitely worth a read!
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
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Portal fantasy, you say? 😁
Oh yes, definitely one to read for inspiration in that vein. Definitely Coraline vibes through and through.
Sounds great. Added to tbr!
Marvelous! V.E. Schwab has become a favorite author of mine over the years. 🙂
I’ve only read City of Ghosts by this author but I own several more of her books. This one is definitely on the TBR to eventually read.
Aha! Yeah, she’s got a fairly decent mix of adult and YA reads. I keep meaning to read more of her adult material. Vicious was pretty good in my opinion.
Vicious is one of the books I own.
Whoa, no way! 😀 That’s marvelous. I highly recommend that one. Think I gave it a four back in the day before I started blogging.
I think I also own the Monsters of Verity duet. I don’t know why I haven’t read any of them yet because I’ve owned them for a while now lol.
Oh, I’ve heard of that one! Eh, it happens when someone loves books as much as we do. I have some that have sat on my physical shelves for maybe 3 or 4 years.
Same heck I probably have some that have been on my physical shelves longer than that.
Lol! As long as you’re okay with it, there’s no problem. 🙂 I’m still trying to catch up on my tbr of stuff I’ve purchased. Probably have at least 30 books.
I’m ok with it. I have way more than 30 so I would definitely like to get those numbers lower but I keep buying books lol.
Hey I get it. I’m constantly tempted to buy some more books. Luckily my library kind of keeps me in check since they have a good collection and pretty much buy whatever I tell them to.
I use the library and Scribd and kindle unlimited and yet I still want to buy all of the books lol.
Lol oh no! Well KU does have a lot of great free books, but yeah, the heart wants what it wants.
Thanks for the review, Jonny. I really like the premise of the story and the dark “Burton” tone. Ghouls work! I haven’t read any Schwab, but it sounds like I should. Thanks for the review. 🙂
Sure thing! I’ve been looking forward to diving into this one. It wasnt perfect, but this was still a fun book.
Yeah, go for it! Schwab has both adult and YA works. I’m overdue to read some of her adult books.
That’s good to know. I recognized the name as an author for younger readers. Didn’t know about the adult books!
Yeah! She goes by V.E. Schwab for YA and Victoria Schwab for her adult works. ☺️
Ohh. That’s helpful. Thanks!
Oops I said it backwards lol. V.E. for adult and Victoria for Ya/mg
Ha ha ha. Thanks!
No problem! 🙂