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Gallant was the first book by V. E. Schwab that I read and I know, I know, I’m late to the train.

But hear me out: Gallant is the perfect ghost story. It’s got everything you’d ask for: mysterious family, grand empty houses, dying gardens, ghouls…

It’s a properly spooky story but the most stand-out part for me was the heart. The main character is simply fantastic. She’s powerful, confident, tenacious, stubborn, clever. This book has a relatively small cast, but goodness they’re all essential to the plot.

A warning: I did cry!

Gallant is a simple, clever, gothic story and it’s quite unlike my usual reading so I am super pleased that I enjoyed it. It kept my attention more than most books and it made me want to believe that doors can hold impossible secrets.

Have you read Gallant? Tell me what you liked about it in the comments!


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