This Savage Song | V.E. Schwab | Review

“The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.”





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.


It is a well known fact that I love V.E. Schwab, she is a wonderful author and a wonderful person in general. I have had the pleasure of meeting her during one of her UK tours. Victoria, without a doubt, is one of my all time favourite authors. I have no fear of picking up her books, I know I am going to love everything that she writes.

This Savage Song was no exception. From page one I was hooked and that continued throughout the whole of the book. I could not put it down. I was so intrigued by the world, the monsters really had me hooked. Honestly, this was so unique, it was like nothing that I had every read before which I think is really difficult in the fantasy world nowadays.

I really enjoyed the characters in this, especially August and Kate. I really liked that the writing was from both of their perspectives and we got to gradually get to know them and make a connection which is something that I did not struggle with. Both of them were so complex, there was so much to learn and reveal that I just could not get enough.

I think the thing that I really enjoyed about this book is the fact that it was not centred around any romance like most ya fantasy books are. Yes, there were romance hints that may be expanded on, however they were not in this book and I definitely welcome that. I feel like a lot of YA books lack depth in the world building and magic system because the author focuses on a romance that doesn’t normally work. The fact that This Savage Song did not do this was a welcome change and something that I really enjoyed.

I’m not going to lie, this review is coming late because I immediately picked up Our Dark Duet after finishing this. I had no time to write a review I needed to know what happened next. I 100% recommend this series, even if I am 4 years late to the party! READ IT.

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