I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This Savage Song Series: Monsters Of Verity #1
Published by Titan on 7th June 2016
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.
Kate Harker and August Flynn belong from opposite sides of the ‘seam’, a partition which separates North V-City from South V-City, Verity. It’s a metropolis full of fear and monsters, actual monsters. Monsters that are created as a direct result of evil acts. Acts of violence breed the CORSAI, creatures who live in darkness and claw their victims to death. Murder creates MALCHAI who drink the blood of the victims, while the worst atrocities create the rare SUNAI, who absorb the soul of their victims.
Kate’s father rules the North of the city. He provides protection to those that can afford it, by working with the monsters.
August’s father rules the South, with his FTF army who try to keep the monsters at bay.
For six years there has been a truce between the Harkers and Flynns, but the truce is on shaky ground and the enemies could once again face each other in war.
V.E. Schwab has done it once again – she has left me gobsmacked by her creativity, attention to detail and general awesomeness.
I mean, the creation of monsters as a result of barbaric, evil deeds – brilliant. The creation of three different types of monsters, depending upon the nature of those deeds – genius!
The Corsai and Malchai are dark and terrifying, but it’s the Sunai that really interest me. By playing music they can coax out the souls of sinners, condemning the sinner to death. Moreover, they must ‘eat’ the souls of sinners regularly to avoid going ‘dark’. I find this to be such a beautiful (if creepy) concept. I love that Schwab entwines the majesty of music with the darkness of death.
As for Kate and August, I really like them both. I loved Kate’s battle to be a Harker, her determination to be as ruthless as her father. August’s own battle was a fascinating once, I truly became invested in his character.
Honestly, I want to tell you ALL about this book but I can’t. I won’t. You’ll just need to read it and admire Schwab’s writing and creativity for yourself.