This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

“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”. These are the haunting verses of a children’s song from Victoria Schwab’s novel This Savage Song. In this beautifully crafted story, the monsters described in the children’s song are very real. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab is a haunting story, full of action and adventure.

The world and atmosphere of This Savage Song is dark and cruel but vital to the story. The monsters themselves are born from cruel acts, acts of murder. If a murder is committed out of the shadows will come a monster. This is most common in the cities but even more so in Verity City, or V-City. Verity City is the home to most of the monsters, as well as the main characters in the novel. The city was split into two, South-City and North-City. South-City is led by Henry Flynn and his family while North-City is led by Callum Harker. The Flynn’s face the monsters head on and Callum Harker uses money to “fix” the problem. In South-City safety is fought for, but in North-City safety is payed for.

This story is told from two perspectives, Kate Harker and August Flynn. Kate Harker is the daughter of Callum Harker. She wants to be as ruthless and cunning as her father so that someday she might lead North-City. She has a troubled past and needs to be in Verity City where she can show her father that she is not weak. August Flynn lives in South City, and is the child of Henry Flynn. Only August isn’t human, he’s a monster. He is one of the most powerful monsters and there are only three of them, him, his brother, and his sister. All three of them live with the Flynns as family. Only August hates that he is a monster and he wishes that he could be human, not a monster that steals people’s souls with a song. When August and Kate meet they form an unlikely friendship, in order to save each other.

This book is very dark but very enjoyable. Victoria Schwab’s story is full of twists and unexpected betrayals. I enjoyed this story a lot and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys dark and atmospheric reads. The characters are deep and believable and also grow throughout the story. With such an interesting world and complex characters, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab is a very haunting and atmospheric novel.

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