This Savage Song | 4 star review
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Also in this series: Our Dark Duet
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Greenwillow Books
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
Lemme just begin by letting you all know how much I love Schwab’s writing. I mean I adore this woman and the words she writes. Vicious still remains one of my favourite books, and the Shades of Magic series is quickly becoming one of my favourite series. So when it was announced that there would be another series for me to devour I jumped right on board and lets just say I got very excited very quickly.
This Savage Song takes place in a warring city where there are three types of monsters each with a different way of killing and the city split in half – one half where they fight against the monsters and the way they are created and the other offers pay as you go protection, brokering deals with the evil. I wish there had been more of the politics involved a little more plot direction – at times it felt like a little aimless.
The characters I loved all the way through. They were so well rounded and so well written that it felt as though they were sat in my room with me as I read through the story and learnt more about the place. I can’t begin to explain how refreshing it was to have male and female protagonists that don’t end up falling into some kind of forbidden love story. I think it added more to the story actually and stopped it from becoming a trope ridden mess.
I usually have a clear favourite when it comes to characters but I think both the main characters deserve a mention if I’m honest. Kate and August brought so much life to this book and turned gender stereotypes on their heads, seeing a girl want to be more ruthless and be a villain instead of shying away was refreshing. That’s not to mention the fact that August struggles throughout the entirety of This Savage Song with his vulnerability and the need for him to be masculine. The way these characters interact with each other and the world around them is something I really appreciated, plus there was no romance whatsoever everything was platonic and well-formed. You just fell in love with the characters and their relationship.
I recommend this book to everyone! There is something in here for everyone, the politics, the monsters and the relationships. Once again V E Schwab hasn’t disappointed and I can’t wait to grab the sequel!
Have you read V E Schwab’s work? What is your favourite? Does this one rank anywhere on the list?