I had to read this book because it has taken the blogging world by storm over the past few weeks. All I have been seeing is either people reading it or it being in my fellow book bloggers bookstagrams, you know who you are (Life is a Book Blog). This Savage Song is a YA fantasy novel in which violence breeds monsters and I mean real ones.
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.[blurb from Goodreads].
Overall this had the Romeo and Juliet kind of feel. You have the main characters August and Kate who are separated into North and South of the city Verity. They are both aware of the one another existing but have never had to exist together, until now.
I think my favourite part about this novel was the way in which the main character’s- August and Kate developed. The novel is told from either their perspectives and I found myself really empathising with Schwab’s writing. I also love flawed character’s and both of these were. Kate is as she is the daughter to the ruler of the North of the city and happens to control monsters too. She tries to change to appease her father but it’s soon felt that she is trying to be someone she isn’t. August is a whole different kettle of fish. He is a Sunai, which means he is one of the most powerful monsters, yet wants to be human. I also really loved the love interest between these two. I can’t wait for it too develop more in the next novel, so much so that the ending really annoyed me.
Another thing which I found really original was the fact the violence acts creates all these monsters. I love fantasy novels and it’s a concept that I’ve not come across before and found very interesting. The Malchai, the Corsai and the Sunai are all excellent monsters and perfectly created.
If character and world building is so fantastic in this novel then I feel slightly saddened that I’ve not read anything else by Schwab, the bar has been set high. The creativity and imagination in this novel really did blow me away, so much so I had trouble putting the book down.
Has anyone read anything else by Schwab? Or read this? Would love to hear your thoughts.
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