This Savage Song is the first book of Schwab’s new series, Monsters of Verity. The book takes place in a futuristic world (but contains more typically fantasy elements), and focuses on a city that is divided into two opposing factions at tenuous peace and crawling with strange monsters that exist off of human violence and darkness. The story features two main protagonists, Kate Harker and August Flynn; chapters alternate between their perspectives. Kate Harker is the daughter of the vicious leader of one side of the city, and she is determined to prove to her father that she is equally dangerous and wicked. Meanwhile, on the other side, August Flynn attempts to live a normal life as human despite the fact that he is a monster and one of the Flynn’s greatest weapons against the Harkers. As the city edges to all out war and the monsters grow bolder, Kate and August are thrown together in a struggle to survive.
I enjoyed this book a lot. The writing is extremely addicting and the characters are well-written and well-developed. However, my favorite thing about This Savage Song was the setting. Even though some of the world building was a bit vague, the city itself was dark, thrilling, and even a little creepy. Schwab is great at building tension, and I was genuinely anxious for the characters in certain scenes. Overall, a very unique and interesting read.
One especially memorable thing about this book was the strangeness of monsters. There are three types in the book; August himself is something called a Corsai. He and others of his kind use music of some sort to steal human souls which I though was a compelling concept.
Reviewed by Emily, Grade 11, Gayton Library