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 was a cruel trick of the universe, thought August, that he only felt human after doing something monstrous.”
Honestly, I will read anything Victoria Schwab will write. I love this book. I think I love August even more. August is a monster wanting to be human. Kate is a human wanting to be a monster. They are set in a world where violence creates monsters. Both will join sides in order to escape after an uprising. The world building is so unique. I'm still amazed at the story behind the Corsai, Malchai, and Sonai and the world building that captures these different aspects of the world of This Savage Song. Kate and August come from two different worlds but are quite alike. I am sad that it is a duology. But after that ending I just hope Kate and August make it out alive.
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