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On this week’s podcast, Luke Kerr is joined by Bryan Smith to delve into the First Five Chapters of Gallant by V.E. Schwab.
Ghouls and ghosts haunt Olivia, but it is the words of her mother’s diary, which she’s memorized, that are her obsession. Amidst lurking shadows and ominous foreshadowing, readers are given glimpses of hope to keep them turning the next page.
Bryan co-hosts the new Big Brother podcast Big Brother, Little Sister. Be sure to check it out!
Only you can decide whether to read beyond the First Five Chapters!
Gallant by V.E. Schwab Summary
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.