Oh, man… what a ride this was. You know when a book is good, guys? When it is three o’clock in the morning, you have to wake up at eight and you still have hundred pages to finish, but you just tell yourself that you don’t need sleep and it is crucial to know what will happen with the main characters!
So if you are a fan of urban fantasy you will be stocked about this new book from Victoria Schwab called THIS SAVAGE SONG. I have never come across a concept as the one Schwab is proposing here and the moment I read the synopses I could not wait to get my greedy little fingers on this gorgeus book (btw, let’s just talk for a second about the cover. I mean… how sexy and dark is it? Good job my fellow graphic designers – I salute you!). The writing was flawless. It moves with a fluid rhythm alternating between, excitement, action and just enough monologues between the main characters. We get to see a well structured, futuristic world with lots of new elements presented so interestingly I could not bring myself to put the book down
THE SYNOPSES: 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.
SPOILERS (Kind of):
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!”
― Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song
What we have here is an uncommon concept for a regular old story – we have a boy and a girl that come from two opposite sides of life. The girl is a human, but wants to act ruthless like a monster. The boy is a monster, but wants to act humanly. This sounded like something my masochistic, romantic soul will enjoy… a lot! But don’t be fooled, this is not a love story about two people that are fated to be together, but are torn by the circumstances. It is about something much darker. Monsters! Yes, our two heroes live in a city (Verity) divided by wars, not only between the humans themselves, but also other evil creatures. What is yet another and maybe the best and most special part of This Savage Song’s universe is the way a monster is born. Every time a human does a crime and depending on what it is- a monster is manifested. This concept sounded really interesting and I could see right away that this was going to be kind of a controversial book for me.
I did consider questions like “Isn’t this actually the most natural thing in the world? After all – violence begets violence? Does our soul have a color? “. The author explains the creation of every monster in detail and the depth of this world she imagined only with her mind amazes me.
Not only we have this friendship forming between two people that should be natural enemies, not only they live in an incredible world, with unique setting and obstacles, but there is also this inside struggle for each of the character about their own purpose in this war. I love how Schwab did not make Kate or August perfect. They have made mistakes, the two of them had done things that are not in their nature, but yet they persevered – both of them fighting not to become monsters in their own ways.
I must say I am quite excited about this series. I would highly suggest it if you are looking for something fresh, apocalyptic, set in a futuristic world of urban fantasy. (So many of my favorite words in this sentence).
So what do you think? Does this sound interesting to you? Do souls have color?
I thought it might be cool to share some of my favorite quotes from the book, since this is kind of a way for me to see if I will like the writing: