Imagine a world where evil deeds create monsters. This Savage Song, book one in V.E.Schwab’s new series Monsters of Verity, is set in a world full of monsters, crime and fear. Kate Harker is a girl trying to be ruthless and August Flynn is a monster trying to be human. They need to help each other to overcome the violence that surrounds them in Verity.
There are so many things I love about this book that it is difficult to know where to begin. The world Schwab has created is rich in detail and different to what I’m used to, travel is difficult and movement is restricted. I could see the surroundings vividly in my mind and especially like the tunnels of the subway system – they sound completely terrifying.
I really appreciated the monsters in this novel. While they bare some similarities to vampires and werewolves, they are definitely unique; Schwab puts an interesting twist on these traditional monsters. My favourite monster, August Flynn, is unlike anything I’ve read about and uses music to capture his prey. The music created the theme the book is based around; instead of parts, the novel is split into verses and includes a very creepy nursery rhyme. I love it.
The characters are well rounded and felt real, especially August and Kate. You see them grow and change throughout the story, you get to know them. I also like that despite the potential for a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ thing, there is no romance in this story. I think it’s more realistic that way – they are fighting for there lives, of course there’s no time to date!
Overall, I think This Savage Song is an excellent combination of great story-telling, fast-paced action and interesting characters. I gave it 5/5 stars and eagerly await the next installment.