Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publication Date: 2016
Publishing House: Greenwillow Books
I first heard of the author V.E. Schwab as I was wondering through Barns and Noble one day and came across her book A Darker Shade of Magic. I have since read all three books in the Shades of Magic trilogy and loved them. Schwab writes some interesting characters. Nothing in her worlds are simple black and white, there is no clear line between good and bad.
The Monsters of Verity duology is the same in that the lines are blurred but that is where the similarities end. I read This Savage Song in two sittings. It is an easy enough read but it draws you in and makes you want to keep reading. I will admit that it is a little slow to start but once the story starts moving it doesn’t stop.
In this world monsters are created from violent crimes. Different types of monsters are created based on the type of crime. The monsters take on a life of their own, become their own beings with their thoughts and feels, with their own plans.
Kate Harker is the daughter of the man who rules part of the city; all she wants is to prove to her father that she deserves to rule beside him, to make him proud. August is a monster, a being that can steal souls with the beauty of song; all he wants is to be human.
Their story is a dance. Both trying to find their place in the world. Which side of the line are they supposed to be on? Good or bad, hero or villain? How are they supposed to know in a world so divided as theirs?
Schwab is a great writer in that she can present these questions in her story without saying them out loud. She writes a beautiful and deadly word that will leave you wanting more.
The next book in the series is Our Dark Duet. I am currently reading it and should have a review for you soon! What are you reading this week?
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