“Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all.”
I’m not sure there are words to describe how unbelievably incredible this book was. I was quite late reading this given that it came out two years ago (when am I not years late to a fantastic book?) so I know that a lot of you will be familiar with it already. If you aren’t, never fear! I’ll give you a quick run-through of the plot, but before I do that I have to reiterate just how absolutely wonderful this book was.
This Savage Song is the first book in V. E. Schwab’s Monsters Of Verity duology.
V-City is divided into North and South: in the North live those willing to pay Callum Harker for their safety from the monsters that are born from violent acts, while in the South Henry Flynn and the FTF fight to protect their people from harm. Kate, Callum’s daughter, returns home from the safety of boarding school determined to prove herself, while August Flynn is equally desperate to show that he isn’t the monster everyone believes him to be. When August is finally given his chance he crosses paths with Kate, and everything becomes increasingly complex from there.
It’s been a whole paragraph since I told you all how much I loved this book, so I should probably tell you again, shouldn’t I? Guys. I loved this book.
There are so many things I loved about this book, from the characters, to the idea of monsters being created as a sort of energy, to August’s sister Ilsa, to the beautiful writing. One of the things I loved most about this book, though, is that it had a male and female protagonist who didn’t develop a romantic relationship. There are definitely hints of it if you want to read into it, but this is mostly just a story of a friendship building between two characters who should be enemies, and I adored that.
If you haven’t read much fantasy or have an interest in it but don’t want to jump straight into something like Tolkein, I would say this is a great place to start. I’ve only been into reading fantasy for a few months or so, and the urban fantasy genre that This Savage Song falls into is a great mix of realism and magic.
If you like well-written books with imaginative plots, believable characters, danger that actually feels like a threat to the protagonists (which can be difficult when you go into a book knowing that it has a sequel) and, perhaps most importantly, a cute cat, then you need to read This Savage Song. You won’t regret it.
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