This Savage Song by V.E.Schwab


I was excited to receive a copy of This Savage Song as part of the June Nerdy Bookworm Box last month. V.E. Schwab is an author I had heard a lot about and who I’ve been meaning to read for a while. This Savage Song is the first book in the Monsters of Verity series.

‘For one dazzling, infinite moment, August felt like he was standing on a precipice, the end of one world and the beginning of another, a whisper and a bang.’

The story is based around the city of Verity, a city that is divided with its inhabitants facing violence and something even more sinister – the monsters that roam free. There is a truce in place to keep each side of the city at peace with one and other. Kate Harker is the daughter of a ruthless father who allows the monsters to roam free whilst offering his protection to the residents – at a price. August Flynn is a good natured monster, desperate to feel human, and to live in peace. But his curse is to be the subject of the humans fear and he is forced to cover his true identity when he heads to an Academy. Here his paths cross with Kate Harker, and she is determined to find out the truth…

‘He felt alive – so alive – but tarnished, his senses screaming and his head a tangle of dark thoughts and feelings and power, and he was drowning and shivering and burning alive.’

I found this to be an enjoyable read and I was intrigued about this world Schwab has created where humans and monsters roam the streets together. I liked the idea of having different kinds of monsters, one of which uses music to extract a person’s soul – ‘This Savage Song’. I was interested in the relationships between humans and monsters, and the fact that certain humans’ behaviour can be considered more monstrous than that of the creatures they live in fear of. I also found the characters to be fascinating and enjoyed the interactions between Kate and August, two people from very different backgrounds who are forced to form an alliance in the wake of the frightening events unfolding around them. Both Kate and August are powerful in different ways, but there is also a vulnerability to them. The book was well paced and I was intrigued right until the ending which left me wanting to revisit this world again.

“Why are there so many shadows in the world, Kate? Shouldn’t there be just as much light?”

I really enjoyed This Savage Song. In it, Schwab has created an exciting, intriguing world of humans and monsters and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series – Our Dark Duet – to find out what is in store for Kate, August and the city of Verity.

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