This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books / Greenwillow
Release Date: 7th June 2016 (UK) / 5th July 2016 (US)
Genre: Fantasy / Dystopian
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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.
About The Author
Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”
She also tells stories. She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.
I only recently read A Darker Shade of Magic and I adored it, so I pretty much knew I was reading this no matter what it was about. Guess what? Yep, I LOVED this!
Admittedly in the first part of this book, I was a little confused about what was going on, who the different types of “monsters” were and what the deal was with the “Phenomenon”. Once things became a little clearer though, I settled in for this one and practically read it in one go.
The characters were great and I especially loved Augustus. He ponders what it is to be human, reading philosophy and listening to beautiful music, trying to contain his monstrous side. Although the monsters were explained a little, I’m really looking forward to discovering more about them and how they were created, what they can do etc.
I said this about ADSOM but again I liked that there was no romance in this story. The instalove that is ubiquitous in YA is not seen here, yet there is a nice dynamic between the main characters and I thought that was well done.
Schwab can definitely write and she comes up with great stories based in very original worlds. This book felt so unique and unlike anything I’ve read before.I feel myself fangirling over this author more and more, but ya know what? She deserves it!
Can’t wait for the next installment of this series!
Have you read this yet? Let me know you thought of it 🙂