Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Kate Harker and August Flynn are two halves of a whole. Kate is human, the daughter of Callum Harker who rules over Verity with a mob-like mentality straining at her humanity to make him proud. Her father will keep you safe from the monsters if you have the money.
August is a monster himself, one of the rarest sort, spawned from acts of violence. He doesn’t see himself as a murderer, he only feeds off the souls of those who have killed. Dispensing justice with music as his weapon. The two families are fighting over Verity, struggling against a 6 year truce that keeps the humans at fear and the monsters aching to ravage the streets. The cracks of their agreement are beginning to show and Kate and August are caught in the cross-hairs.
Victoria Schwab is a goddess. I’m saying it now. The way she wrote Kate and August, like I said earlier, they are two halves of a whole. One character so to speak. Both of them start at one end of the spectrum and begin to inch towards the other. She also makes it easy to relate to a character that might not be inherently good.
Take Kate for example, she’s not the best character in the beginning. When we meet her she’s toting a bag full of alcohol to torch a chapel. She’s rebelling against everything, against her past, against her image and what people believe she should be. She isn’t entirely unlikable, she’s just rough. You can tell that she’s upset and taking it out on everything around her, but she doesn’t know why.
August is the monster and you feel for him immediately. The way he’s written, it’s very much a fairly naive scared little boy who slowly realizes that the world around him isn’t as he believed. His vision is clouded by what he is, a monster and how people would react to him. He wants to help the Flynn family, his found family but he isn’t allowed to. Until they decide to have him follow Kate, the enemy’s daughter. Likely to grab her if the truce between their families begins to slip.
This Savage Song is brilliant. It’s a story that will change you. You aren’t the same person you were when you picked up this book, there is something different there. Is it hope? Is it understanding of the world around you? Is it pain? Probably a little pain. I felt myself tearing up a number of times.
I’ve read most of Victoria Schwab’s series other than ADSOM, this is my first young adult series from her and it really doesn’t lose anything by being put in the young adult genre. It just feels like her voice which is so unique. If you’ve read something by her you’ll know what I’m talking about.
I’m really happy I picked this up. I need to read more of my backlist series.