#1 New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year
There?s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed 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, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.
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.
In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side?including the monsters within.
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"The Main Characters August and Kate may come from enemy families but they are no romeo & juliet.
For one thing, no love at first sight here. If you like slow development of friendship, then this is the book for you. It won't take you long to see that August & Kate do not wear their hearts on their sleeves.
So it makes sense that any relationship involving them would develop slowly.
As for the setting, I understand that a lot of readers might be tired of dystopias. But I think a lot would be delighted to learn that it came about from the literal creation of monsters caused by lethal use of violence.
And depending on the degree (from brutal beatings to murder to genocide), different types of monsters come into being.
I really like this idea.
I would recommend this for teens and young adults. Kate and August's interactions are my main draw to this title. And given how their characters and worldview develops throughout this book, I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.
My only complaint is that I find the plot twists to be predictable. So it might put off some prolific readers who have read similar reveals."
NMP (4 out of 5 stars)