I knew as soon as I finished Shades of Magic I’d be binging Victoria Schwab’s backlist of books. Everything about Shades of Magic was so epic, so exciting and original, I knew it wasn’t a fluke. I also knew that the next series I wanted to try was Monsters in Verity. Look at it! It’s gorgeous! The synopsis has everything. It’s dark. It’s spooky. It’s about monsters! It’s even kind of black and orange!
It’s perfect for HALLOWEEN!
It’s my 2017 Halloween Monster Review!
This Savage Song was exactly what I expected. Total awesomeness! It was as dark and as beautiful as I anticipated, with a monster who should be hero, and a heroine who doesn’t want to be. It was another brilliant and original world unlike anything else I’ve ever read. It’s a world that turns beautiful music into a deadly weapon, and shows a monster can be gentle.
“He wasn’t made of flesh and bone, or starlight.
He was made of darkness.”
August Flynn and Kate Harker are on opposite sides of V-City, a town called Verity that’s been overrun with monsters. There’s an uneasy truce between their fathers, forged after years of war, clinging by a thread just waiting for any reason to ignite again. August, one of the monsters, wants only to be human and as kind and wonderful as his adoptive father. Kate, who was born gentle, has forced herself to become dark and wicked to prove she’s strong. Right away I felt a low level of anxiety ignite inside when we’re introduced to these characters. We know how important it is that August feed, even when he doesn’t want to. We sense Kate isn’t who she was supposed to be, and we just want her to come back over on our side of the line. We know Kate meeting August could mean disaster.
Instead it doesn’t. Kate and August feel a connection right from the beginning. They recognize how they are both lost in their own ways, and being forced to protect each other only strengthens that bond. What they have between them is better than romance. It’s friendship. Part of me hopes it stays that way even in the next book. It’s so rare we read a book without a romantic connection, and friendship is just as important.
I can’t even say it was their relationship that was the strength of This Savage Song because it really wasn’t. It was only one facet of why I loved this book so darn much. Even if they’d never met, or hated each other, I still would have devoured every word. It was in the landscape. It was in the creation of the Corsai, the Malchai and the Sunai. It was in the opposition between Henry Flynn and Callum Harker, one man good and the other evil. It was the beauty inside August, and the fire inside Kate. They were both fantastically written, but I frequently like male characters in fiction. I was extra impressed with Kate. I’ll tell you right now, VE Schwab sure knows how to write women! Even human, Kate was a reckoning.
This Savage Song was one of those books where I figured out what was going to happen before it did, but it was also one of those books where I just didn’t care. Figuring out that twist didn’t even compare to what came before and what came after. It was absolutely excellent, and I can’t wait until I can read Our Dark Duet and be with these characters again.
“That’s what he told himself, over and over and over until he believed it, because truth wasn’t the same thing as fact.
It was personal.”