Published: June 7th 2016 by Titan Books
Format: Paperback, 407 pages
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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.
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.
This is the kind of urban fantasy I love – gritty, dark, a little gory, and based on amazing characters whom I couldn’t help but love. This Savage Song highlights the best of Schwab’s writing — awesome story-craft and kick-ass worldbuilding — and introduces us to a world I won’t be forgetting any time soon.
Verity is a city divided between two factions who coexist thanks to a fragile peace. The city, like most of the major cities on the continent, is overrun by monsters. Corsai and Malchai and Sunai, who hunt humans in the dark and manifest because of human violence. There’s a bit of history to learn, not only about the continent and the other cities but about Verity itself, but the worldbuilding is relatively simple because the action is so confined. I am, however, looking forward to better understanding how the monsters are formed in future instalments.
Half the city is under the control of Callum Harker, who controls monsters and offers humans protection at a price. His daughter is Kate Harker — beautiful, witty, tenacious Kate who has a lot to prove and a lot more to lose. The rest of the city is controlled by Henry Flynn and the FTF, a small army of humans who fight the darkness until their last breath. August Flynn is his adopted son, a monster who sings death and calls it justice. Kate and August make this book. I loved them both (is it okay that I loved August a teensy bit more?) and didn’t want my time with them to end.
I particularly enjoyed the writing style of this novel. Schwab has a way of bringing worlds to life. Reading her stories is always a fully immersive experience and when you (inevitably) float back to the real world, you’re surprised that so much time has passed. It’s gorgeous!
This Savage Song was a delight to read, and I’m already desperate for Our Dark Duet. I recommend it to readers who enjoy monsters and darkness, and to those who like urban fantasy. And of course, it’s an absolute must for fans of Schwab’s other books!