Thursday 3 June 2021

Book Review: Monstrous Design by Kat Dunn

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AD* | 1794, London: Camille and Al are desperately hunting Olympe's kidnapper. From the glamorous excesses of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens to the city's seedy underbelly, they are caught in a dangerous game of lies and deceit. And a terrible new enemy lies in wait with designs more monstrous than they could ever imagine... Can Camille play on to the end or will she be forced to show her hand?

In Paris, the Duc is playing his own dangerous games. With Ada in his thrall, old loyalties are thrown into question. The Battalion are torn apart as never before, and everything – Ada's love for Camille, her allegiance to the battalion itself – is under threat. 

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It's my stop on the Monstrous Design blog tour, and I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to share my review today. I loved Dangerous Remedy - the first book in the series - so of course, I couldn't wait to find out how the story continued!

The book is set in London and Paris during the late 1700s. The French Revolution is an interesting era of history and adds plenty to the story. There's so much rich history and the vivid descriptions really do bring the book and the world to life. Coupled with the immaculate storytelling and gorgeous prose, this makes for a masterful, brilliantly-written book.

After the events of the first book, tensions are running high - but the stakes are even higher for the Battalion. With loyalties being called into question, relationships between the main characters are strained and on the line. Of course, this conflict adds plenty of drama, resulting in an intriguing, intense narrative.

A much greater focus is placed on the characters in this book, compared to the first. This makes it much more interesting from a character standpoint, as well as fleshing out the characters we were introduced to in Dangerous Remedy. Similarly, the plot seems to be faster-paced in this book... unless it was just me rushing to find out what happened next! On that note, the ending is totally unexpected and shocking - just like with book one. 

This book is incredible; a brilliant sequel to Dangerous Remedy. I can't wait to find out what happens in book three!

Monstrous Design is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Are you a fan of the Battalion of the Dead series? Let me know in the comments below! 

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