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.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publishing Date: July 5th, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
“The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.”
Schwab’s books are on my TBR for so long, I only read City of Ghosts, all of her books are so hype so my expectations were lowkey high. Unfortunately, I didn’t get what all that hype was about. Let me be honest, I don’t paranormal normally, but it also means that I didn’t have any level to compare it.
It took me 2 whole days to get into the story, still, I can’t say I connected with the characters as I usually do. The story is unique and the world is well built, too much information wasn’t just throw in your face but it was in puzzles here and there which means I had to cling to each and every word that I don’t miss any crucial detail which didn’t give me pleasure.
“We are the darkest acts made light.”
Verity city is divided into North and south parts, not only land or people but also monsters. Callum Harker rules the North part including Malchai and Corsai, his monsters fear him, While South part is controlled by Henry Flynn, Sunai supports him and he treats them like his family.
“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!”
Characters were interesting but not much to make me root for them, Kate Harker is just a girl with daddy problems who try to pretend cold, I didn’t get her psychology, okie her background was bit twisted but her character development could be more convincing. August Flynn, youngest of Sunai who is afraid of himself and don’t want to be a monster. Yes, his character was intriguing and development was also convincing.
“He could be the monster if it kept others human.”
I am not gonna lie, I wanted to DNF this book, so many times I was just bit away to throw it. Only August character was that ray of light which convinced me to finish it, Though after 75% of the book I skim read many parts.
Let’s see how much I’ll skim read the next book.
“People are users. It’s a universal truth. Use them, or they’ll use you.”