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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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When death is your neighbour…

After reading V.E. Schwab’s Addie LaRue I knew I had to read Gallant. The way Schwab invents and tells her stories fascinates me.

Gallant is about a girl and a house and a obligation to a family she knew nothing about. The day she receives a letter is the day Olivia’s world changes.

The writing, as always is phenomenal. The story intriguing, mysterious and romantic. The notion of home playing a huge part.

The characters are vibrant, admirable and suited to their roles and the part they play in this story of a house.

I enjoyed listening to Gallant as the narration was brilliant. A soft soothing voice caresses the reader as the story unfolds. It was a pleasure to be read to.

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Hauntingly beautiful

A fantastic story, read beautifully by the narrator.
Full of rich descriptions and emotion that grips you and pulls you into the story.
Well written in a way that makes the reader/listener feel they have stepped into the book. One of the best books I've listened to in a while.

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Gothic vibes

Gallant was a fun read. After 'The Invisible Life of Addie Larue' I expected a little more though.

Reminded me of DuMaurier's 'Rebecca'.

I have been wanting to read this for a while, and while the writing and descriptions are enchanting, I thought the plot was a little simplistic. I read this in a day but didn't feel I was as engaged as I expected to be. The characters are a little flat.

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Story and narration

Creepy and imaginative tale narrated with skill and mastery. Characters are well drawn and will live on in your imagination long after the story ends. I’m off to tend to my garden ❤️

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Gallant a truly wonderful book

A spellbinding story and with a wonderful easy toned narration. A book I would highly recommend.

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The perfect novel

Every once in a while, a book comes along that is so wonderfully crafted, so beautifully written, that the story leaps out, grabs the listener, and doesn’t let go until the final sentence… and even beyond. Gallant is one of those rare books.

Part mystery, part horror, part coming-of-age story, Schwab blends these genre conventions masterfully to create something unique, riveting and truly unputdownable. This is YA writing at its very best.

I shall be recommending this book to anyone and everyone for years to come.

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STUNNING.

Oh my word 😱 the descriptive language that Schwab uses conjured the most vivid imagery as I listened to this amazing novel. A great story, well written...and the icing on the cake?.... the narration... Julian Rhind-Tutt , I could listen to his voice all day. I thoroughly recommend this.

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After 30 mins I was board stiff

could get passed 30 mins sooooo boring . depressing and slow narrated in a monotone voice didn't help

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Brilliant!

This has to be one of my all time favourite books. it's a stunning piece of work made all the more incredible by Julian Rhind-Tutt's narration. pure genius.

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Was disappointed by this. Usually love everything Julian narrates, but this didn’t make the most of his talents. A bit like Coraline and not very original.

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beautiful, haunting, excellent narration

this book was beautifully written and narrated. it is a haunting story (and haunting narration to match). it might keep you up at night