Gallant By V. E. Schwab
Book/Novel Author: V. E. Schwab
Book/Novel Title: Gallant
AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!“A bone-chilling standalone . . . which fuses Shirley Jackson’s gothic horror sensibilities with the warmth and dark whimsy of Neil Gaiman.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review“Gripping worldbuilding, well-rounded characters, and fantastic horror.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Unsettling and intriguing.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred reviewEverything 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.#1 New York Times–bestselling author V. E. Schwab weaves a dark and original tale about the place where the world meets its shadow, and the young woman beckoned by both sides. The Secret Garden meets Crimson Peak in this stand-alone novel perfect for readers of Holly Black and Neil Gaiman.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?New York Times–bestselling author V. E. Schwab crafts a vivid and lush novel that grapples with the demons that are often locked behind closed doors. An eerie, stand-alone saga about life, death, and the young woman beckoned by both. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Melissa Albert, and Garth Nix will quickly lose themselves in this novel with crossover appeal for all ages.
This was my first time reading a V.E Shwabb novel. The book starts out a little slow, but even then it was written well enough where it kept me wanting to read more. Once it picked up I really couldn’t put it down. This is a great ghostly YA book.
When I started reading Gallant, the first note I made in my reading journal was about the Dickensian atmosphere of the first chapters. Even though these take place in a rather gloomy orphanage, the book didn’t feel depressing at all. The main character, Olivia, is mute, which draws an interesting parallel with the setting: her voice is as trapped inside her body as she was in the orphanage, and as her family turns out to be in their estate. As was the case with some of her other novels, V.E. Schwab tells the story in a very innovative way. She combines art, journal excerpts, flashes into another part of the story, letters with an almost poetic narrative (without it becoming confusing or too philosophical). Her work is so very clever and creative, I’m always impressed by it. Once again, it leaves me hungry for more.
Oh my lord, I just don’t know where to begin. I absolutely loved this heart-breaking, magical, powerful and all-consuming almost fairylike story. I had tears in my end while reading the last few pages. And they fell down hard in the epilogue. The ending was perfect, fitting and it tore out every single feeling in my body.Gallant is the story of Olivia Prior and the Prior family.We meet Olivia at Merilance. It is a school for independent – unwanted and orphaned – girls. They don’t learn much, apart from household tasks. Olivia is able to see ghouls. She is scared of them. Because when she was left at Merilance, her mother left behind her journal/diary. Her mother tells her dreams are just dreams. And that ghouls cannot touch you. She also warns Olivia to stay away from Gallant. And for years Olivia wonders what Gallant is.Olivia also doesn’t have a voice. She even tries to cut herself. In the hope that the pain might make her scream. But no sound comes. The agony is only painted on her face.One day a letter arrives from her uncle Arthur Prior. Stating he has been looking for her for years. And wants her to go come to Gallant. Olivia finally knows what Gallant is. And even though the warning of her mother. She is excited to go home.Once she arrives Edgar and Hannah open the door. They tell her Arthur has been dead for over a year. And that apart from her nephew Matthew no other Priors are left.And that is when the story really develops and evolves. I don’t want to spoil anything about what comes next. Because you truly need to dive into this book blindly. Don’t read spoilers or overly detailed reviews. Just go in blindly and left the story take you on a brilliant journey.This book is a solid book. But it has a huge fairy-tale vibe about it. And I absolutely loved that.The book is about family. How far are you willing to go for them? What is the cost of a lie? Why did her mother warn her about Gallant? Why is there so much mystery about a wall? And why does each and every step, each and every action has such huge consequence?And the ending had me in tears! It is so bloody powerful and heart-breaking and beautiful at the same time. Really, really pick this one up!I also loved all the drawings in this book. I love how beautiful and consuming they were. I studied them all. And I loved how the diary parts were integrated into the story as well. It all fitted so well together and made it even more perfect.V.E. Schwab has given us another 6/5 star book! Thank you so much for writing another masterpiece Victoria. I cannot thank you enough. I will treasure this book forever and keep it close to my heart for as long as I live. I will definitely reread it many, many times!6/5 stars from me! For this achingly, stunning and gorgeous book.
GALLANT, by V.E. Schwab, is a YA novel full of rich imagery, and beautiful wording. I loved our main character, Olivia Prior–the fact that she is mute, yet not “changed” otherwise from the other characters, makes her even stronger in my opinion.”Free–a small word for such a magnificent thing.”Living in a “girls’ school” since she was two years of age, Olivia has no idea of who her parents really were, aside from her mother’s journal. When one day a letter arrives for her saying that she is Olivia Prior, and a family waits for her at the estate called GALLANT, her life is forever changed.While this IS a Young Adult book, it did seem to me more of a Middle Grade read at times. The one thing that kept my attention throughout was the author’s lyrical style, and the paranormal abilities Olivia is capable of.”. . . Real, she is learning, is a slippery thing, not a solid black line but a shape with soft edges, a great deal of gray.”The uniqueness of Gallant is shown through the atmosphere, rather than simply stated. As such, there were some questions I would have loved to have answered, but the way the novel was written wouldn’t have allowed for any other way.”Home is a choice . . . “Overall, it was a hauntingly beautiful tale full of bloom and decay in equal measures. A girl finding her place in the world–even if it’s one she never expected. While I would have personally enjoyed more action scenes, it still possesses a unique place all of its own that I loved.Recommended.
This was such a fun and unique read. I thought the story was super interesting and had such a different take on a lot of things. I liked the use of ghouls/ghosts/shadows, you name it. Love a good fantasy type book and this one did its job! This story had me flipping pages so fast because I couldnt wait to find out what was going to happen next, it was so mysterious and made me curious to know what was going to happen. I also really liked the use of the drawings throughout the book and the journal entries. :)Highly recommend this one.
One thing that V.E. Schwab does amazingly is worldbuilding. I thought the concept for Gallant was cool and there were moments that were satisfyingly creepy, but I was underwhelmed for the most part. I didn’t really understand what the main character’s whole goal was and it was a very slow build. It took me awhile before I could get into it. I struggled to become invested in the characters’ stories and I was just waiting for something to happen but most of it was pretty linear for me – it just felt like there were some things missing. However, I did like how lyrical and vivid the writing was. This book was just okay for me.