There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.
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.
This was one of those books that I just had to read when I first heard about it. I found it in the middle of the recommendation section over on Goodreads and it hasn’t let go since. I fell in love with the synopsis, and being almost unable to contain myself when the book finally came out into the world I started reading almost immediately.
It took me a little longer due to the TOG read-along I did the past few weeks but I finally managed to finish it AND I FRIGGIN LOVED IT ❤
This Savage Song is the story of Kate Harker and August Flynn. Kate Harker is the daughter of the leader of the North City (the Northern part of Verity) and desires to be just as viscious and bloodlusting as him but instead finds herself failing those qualities. She does everything in her power to face her father on equal footing. But keeping her cool proves to be more difficult than she realized as more and more monsters are closing in on her.
In her world there are three kinds of monsters.
First, the Corsai.
Corsai are the weakest kind of monsters but the most murderous. With talons as sharp as knives and bodies made of shadows, they can travel in the dark and rip any animal or human apart without much effort. These monsters rise from smaller acts of violence.
Second, the Malchai.
Malchai are stronger than Corsai and just as dangerous but unlike the Corsai, the Malchai tend to have a more humanlike form. They kind of seem like vampires but they’re not vampires…. They do feed on human beings, though.
Third, and last, the Sunai.
There are only three known Sunai in the world. This species of monster is the most rare and most dangerous there is and facing one means certain death. As far as the Harkers know…. Sunai are made from the foulest of foulest crimes. Mass murders, shootings… name it and that’s why the Sunai are like Death itself.
Living amongst these monsters, the people of Verity are divided between two sides. The Southern part of the city is being ruled by Henry Flynn and his family who have set up an organisation of soldiers called the FTF. These trained men are to protect the citizens from being eaten alive.
The Northern part of the city is under the hand of Callum Harker who offers protection to the people in return for money but in order to establish this kind of peace, Callum Harker has become a man of murder and torture.
And because Harker chooses such a bloody path to rule his daughter is in constant danger of being abducted, harmed or killed by monsters and humans alike. But instead of playing it safe outside the city, Kate wants nothing more than to be in Verity with her father.
On the other side, August Flynn, is the youngest son of Henry Flynn. Born of a mass shooting, August can’t seem to get comfortable with silence. He has difficulties accepting the fact that he is Sunai. A monster that feeds on souls. But he has to put that all aside. Since he’s one of the strongest monsters out there, August is the only one who can keep an eye on Kate and take her to the south if they ever need leverage against Callum.
But then rogue Malchai try to kill Kate and make it look like Sunai did it. August’s only choice is to save Kate, get her to safety and find the man controlling the rebelling Malchai.
If you are still in doubt after that short summary of the book, please don’t hesitate any longer. Buy the book, get it at the nearest library of borrow it from a friend… I don’t care but read it! It is a great read. The writing style is amazing. The world building… OMG I loved how this world was structured 😀 Victoria takes her time to establish the monsters and the way they move, appear and talk. It gave me creeps just reading about Corsai and Sloan…. Ugh, he was the worst!
There’s not really any romance in this book but I still liked to read about the blooming friendship between August and Kate. Two enemies becoming friends is one of the things that I love to read about in YA and this particular one is one of my favorites. It’s so genuine and incredibly written. There’s a sense of this and a sense of that without it ever being talked about in the book. You kind of feel the trust between August and Kate developing but they never actually say they trust each other. Not to mention the sense of doom I felt throughout the book. There was a lot of world building and character development going on but there was such a tension behind the lines… I couldn’t…..
I seriously can’t wait to read book 2, Our Dark Duo.
I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a great book. The first part in a series (THANK GOD because I need more) that I suspect will become a must-read.
Could be one hell of a movie too *teehee*