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.
I see Schwab’s name and I’m immediately know I’m going to read the book. She’s a must read/buy author for me and I was not at all disappointed in This Savage Song. It was such an original story, with characters I was completely riveted by. I wanted to know more and I loved how things were slowly revealed throughout the story.
My only small issue with this book was that I had some confusion at times about the secondary characters- like – who’s that again? And the world building was a bit lacking in detail for me. I needed a bit more to wrap my brain around why things were the way they were. I prefer this confusion though to a massive info dump so it’s not a huge issue. And honestly, it might have just been me. I’ll be interested to see if others struggled with this aspect too or not.
The characters! I absolutely adore August. He was such a well developed, and original character. I could feel his inner struggle and sadness. He’s the type of character you wish were real because you would love to know them. Granted, I’d not want our world to be like the one in this book but you get the idea. The idea of having different types of monsters- Corsai, Malachai and Sunai- was so wonderful. Schwab created so much depth within each type and I was completely convinced they could logically be real in this world she created.
I struggled a tiny bit with Kate at the start because she’s not exactly the nicest person but I found her to be very realistic in the sense that she’s dealt with such hardship. I loved how she had tough edges and was set on accomplishing her goal- winning her father’s approval.
The pacing was done wonderfully- lots of action sequences with vivid descriptions which helped up the tension. Interspersed were great moments of character development so really- this all worked so well for me.
Can Victoria Schwab do any wrong? I think not. Once again she has created a beautifully written book with excellent characters.