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.
Kate Harker is the daughter of the Ruthless Harker who controls half of the city with monsters and anyone not paying protection money is fair game to the Monsters that lurk in the dark, praying on fear and hunger.
August Flynn is a monster, a rare monster that can steal your soul with a song. All August wants to be is normal, go outside, help with the efforts to pull the city back together like his family.
August is sent to school when they hear word Kate is going to be attending, he is to observe her in case the war efforts are pushed and his family needs leverage against Harker and his Monsters. August enjoys school and even finds some solace in being able to play his music without hurting anyone. Kate knows something’s off with August and aims to find out what exactly is up with the strange boy and his smudgy pictures.
V.E Schwab is an amazing writer. This book started of slow for me but after 50 pages the world building was set, I could imagine the city, the monsters, the humans, the killings, everything was beautiful and haunted. The Characters are well-developed and the side characters all have in-depth back stories and their were no unnecessary 2D filler characters.
I had a few problems with The Savage Song and it was mainly the plot line AND some of Kate’s actions. Okay so plot wise… where was it? I mean yeah there’s a war starting, some action happens but then what? This book was mainly based on the characters and their development. I felt like this was a part one of book one instead of its own book.
Looking back I can’t remember any big event happening in the world. It’s all betrayal and related directly to the Main characters. I would have liked some more world-wide destruction and chaos
a few explosions and maybe a random killing spree is all I’m hoping for is that too much?
Also Kate wasn’t the most likable character, I mean I LOVE an anti hero but she was also a bit diluted and the begining and I felt like she was bratty. I did see the character development towards the end and hopefully the next book is jam-packed with plot to pick up the series and send the story into the direction I’m hoping for.
V.E Scwab is one of my favourite Authors so there is no way I won’t be completing this series.
The characters were a high 4 for me and the plot was a low 3
What V.E Shwab books have you read? Is this your favourite?
- I’d have to say this is my least favourite out of her books I’ve read:
- A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E Shwab
- A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Shwab
- Vicious By V.E. Schwab