This Savage Song by Victoria SchwabThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song

byVictoria Schwab

Paperback | May 16, 2017

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#1 New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed 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, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.

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. In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side—including the monsters within.

Victoria Schwab is a fantasy writer best known for her novel Vicious.
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Title:This Savage SongFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.08 inPublished:May 16, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062380869

ISBN - 13:9780062380869

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from go read now! In a world where crime and hate are ever growing, do you wonder what’s the boiling point? The ultimate outcome? Well, it turns out any individual who commits a crime is creating a monster. In the city of Verity there are 3 types of monsters: Corsai, Malchai and Sunai. Corsai feeds on flesh and bone, they are made by non-lethal acts of violence. Malchai feeds on blood and are made by lethal acts of violence. And Sunai (my fave for obvious reasons), they feed on the soul of tainted people, and are born out mass-murder kind of acts. So there, how’s that for an entrée? The city is divided in two, the north is ruled by Harker, ruthless and calculating, he makes his citizens pay a lot of money for protection. His daughter, Kate, is trying her best to make her father love her, by acting like him. On the south side Flynn rules in a different manner, people work hard to be protected and feel like a community. His son August, a Sunai, wants desperately to feel human, to feel like he belongs. Now Kate and August seem to be walking the same path, towards survival and discoveries of the soul. At first, I was a little biased, thinking this is just another monster meets heroine book, its not. It’s so much more. I lost sleep because of this book, it made me laugh and cringe, it made me reread whole pages because I was so thrilled I was flying through it. So, do yourself a favor and go read this.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Alright Interesting enough to read to the end but not to continue with the series
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I read Victoria Schwab's other novel "A Darker Shade of Magic" and decided to give this one a try, safe to say I was not disappointed!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting! I read this book a while ago, and I remember loving every second of it. The characters and the concept were very original and entrancing. Please read it if you have not already!
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just OK... This Savage Song is an urban fantasy set in a kind of post apocalyptic world where monsters have risen up out of the darkness and the country has been divided into 6 different realms, all separated by the lawless “waste”. Verity is one of those realms and Verity City is fractured in two between Harker and Henry Flynn (North City and South City). Harker has made some kind of deal with the monsters whereby they won’t harm anyone who pays to be under his protection. On the other side, Henry’s Flynn Task Force is trying to rid the city of evil. Kate Harker has been kicked out of boarding school after boarding school and her father has finally allowed her to return to V-City. However, the truce between North City and South City is fracturing, so Henry sends his adopted son, August, undercover into North City to get close to Kate and see if they can use her to their benefit. Kate and August become close, everything goes to hell, and suddenly they find themselves fighting for their lives across Verity City. I had mixed feelings about Schwab’s Darker Shade of Magic series because while I did like it and thought she had some really great characters, I never really felt that engaged while I was reading it. But afterwards, even though I hadn’t totally loved the series, I just couldn’t stop thinking about it and think fondly of Kell, Lila, Rhy, and the whole London gang. I don’t know if that will be the case with this series as well. Again, I liked the characters and I did fly through reading this, but I was never super into the story. Maybe I just don’t love Schwab’s writing style? I honestly don’t know. This is another beloved series, but despite all the monsters and the high stakes, I just never got into it. The book did have an interesting ending and there’s only 1 more book in this series, so I would like to read it, but I think it’s going to fall pretty far down on my list as there are a lot of other books I’d rather prioritize. I did still like the book, I just didn’t really see anything that special about it. Oh well.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Absolutely excellent. I knew Schwab was a superb writer, but this book definitely hammered that home again. Right from the beginning, she weaves a complex story about humanity and emotion while crafting a unique world filled with unique and terrifying monsters. Kate and August are both amazingly crafted and layered characters with realistic good and bad sides. Their relationship is one of the many highlights for me, followed closely by the strong action and tension throughout. And of course, only Schwab could put a huuuuuge twist on the final freaking page of this book, all but guaranteeing you'll be the sequel. And honestly, you should. This is a beautiful, haunting story crafted by a stellar author who knows how to whisk you away into a new and engaging world. I honestly cannot wait to see where the sequel goes and recommend THIS SAVAGE SONG to anyone looking for a book they will never forget.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Victoria Schwab is an incredible writer. She creates amazingly real worlds with complex characters that are fascinating to read about no matter what they're doing. I really invested myself in the characters. This was not a fun story, though. It's a gritty dystopian world. There's no romance or fun adventure here. It's more just getting to know August and Kate as characters and seeing where they stand. Don't read this book if you want to read about something fun and lighthearted!
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is so dark and beautiful you can't help but fall in love. Schwab really has a way with words
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Every time I read a Schwab book and love it is a major win. Why I keep putting any of them off is beyond me. Schwab always manages to come up with the most interesting premises and she does it again with the concept of monsters and a place called Verity. It was a confusing at the beginning, just being thrown into this world with names and pieces of history thrown at you, but it slowly comes together. It looks like this world is going to expand even more in the sequel, which is one of the things I'm most looking forward to. Kate Harker and August Flynn are the two central characters and it's fascinating to watch them interact. They both float around that invisible line between human and monster, and you learn their perceptions and wants and how their upbringings affect it all. Loved the non-romantic Romeo and Juliet spin because their relationship was refreshing and beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. I think the plot was a little too straightforward, with not much actually occurring over the course of the book, but the way things ended has me already picking up the sequel. I think the finale is going to be over the top bonkers, in the best way, and I can't wait.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Song Will Steal Your Soul The hype that surrounded this book was completely insane when it came out. It was everywhere you turned, which may have been why it took me this long to actually get around to this book. And when it came down to it, it was a good book, but I don't quite get the insane hype. It's awesome that we finally get a book that doesn't have romance in the YA age range, but that was the only real stand out thing for me for this book.  I loved the distinctions of the monsters in this book. It was one of those things that were kept simple, but that was what made it so interesting sort of things. I almost wanted a bit more about all these monsters, just because I was so fascinated by them. I also loved our two main characters. They were both super well done, and while pretty standard as far as YA heroes go, well rounded and had great voices. I loved how the world was put together, so simple again, but complex enough that it felt complete. I absolutely adored the fact that the Sunai use music to do their damage. While I found some of the music descriptions a bit strange (I may be biased though), this was such an awesome change of pace. I use music to give life to people's souls - the Sunai use it to steal people's souls. Amazing.  But at the same time, aside from the contrasting use of music, this didn't feel as stand out to be as I felt led to believe. I get the feeling I won't remember much of this book in a few month's time. But I am definitely going to be checking out the next book in the series, and I did really enjoy listening to this one.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yes awesome book. incredible writing
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5/5 Stars!! I enjoyed this story!! It was a unique and interesting read :) Looking forward to the sequel!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it! The plot of this story is very unique and I love how it focused on friendship rather than shoehorning in a romance. It was dark and fast-paced and I do plan on continuing with the series!
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This book had a story unlike anything else I have read and I would recommend it to read
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay It took a while to really get into it. I thought it was okay but not great.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love! I really enjoyed this book! I liked how there was little to no romance and mostly focused on the plot and story! Love the characters as well
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I love how this is not a love story.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from dark and fast paced Stayed up probably a little too late to finish reading #ThisSavageSong by #VictoriaSchwab This book is about August who doesn't want to be a monster; And Kate who wants nothing more than for her father to be proud of her. In a world where safety is bought and monsters are everywhere; these 2 teens are really just trying to survive. I decided to give it a read after seeing so many booktubers gush over it, and I was definitely not disappointed. This was a really great book that makes you question your definition of monster. I can't wait to pick up the sequel. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book from VE schwab i loved her DSoM series, and with this one, although it was a little slow to get into, is just as good, if not better. It's got great character interactions and full of action, gripping plot, and the suspense and thrill of Kate trying to solve the mystery of August Flynn. I LOVED IT.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I liked it, the plot was great and it was full of action!
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it! Just read this and enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would! The world is well built and I enjoyed the author's writing style.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! Victoria Schwab is by far my favourite author of all time and the Savage song is just another book that she has written so beautifully.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK This book was so good I loved the characters and the world, it was so different from Victoria's other books and I really liked the friendship between August and Kate. I will be starting our Dark Duet in a matter of seconds, I can't wait to read the conclusion to this novel.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Please read it! I picked it up and just devoured it! I loved how it really showed that no ones perfect, the characters had many faults, and that's just the way people are :)
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful There has not been a book that Victoria Schwab has written that I haven't enjoyed. She has wonderful world building, amazing plots and lovely characters. Love the whole "monster lore" as well that she has created.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book doesn't just have a beautiful cover, it has an very well written story to accompany it!
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved reading every page I didn’t know what the hype was all about until I saw the second book released just recently. Took out this book and in the first day I was half way through. It was addicting and it moved at a fast pace. It took me a little long to warm up to these characters and the setting. The setting is interesting, with the three different groups of monsters infesting the area. There was some sort of catastrophic event and the area was split into two. I rather like the way the world is being set up in this case. We have monsters. Not vampires, or werewolves, or some other mythical creatures we are familiar with. These are different and nothing that I have come across yet in the novels I have read in the past. I rather wish there was more history in regards to world building. Or at least, a bit more information but it doesn’t deter the reader from enjoying the novel. Kate and August are both great characters and opposites. Kate, who is a complete bad ass and August who is trying to fit in and be normal. I like them because first of all, they aren’t filled with besotted love like some YA novels have out there or worse yet, they fall in love and the world crashes around them. I’m glad this book doesn’t have any of that nonsense. They both use each other as a means to an end but they end up being unspoken friends despite their differences. What I like the most about these two is, they both exposed themselves to vulnerability to each other and learnt a lot from their respective groups. The plot itself is very interesting and readable. The action is good and not over the top dramatic. The twist near the end is predictable but what you didn’t see coming is the ending and you’re left with either being blown away or….well there’s no other is there? You’re just straight out blown away. Definitely recommended for YA readers. I’m off to get the second one. I enjoyed this book immensely.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so interesting I loved the world building of this and the characters, very beautifully written
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok The premise was really creative and interesting, but I just could really get into it.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from monstrous, gripping and fantastic ! This Savage Song is for readers who are looking for a novel that is kick butt, gruesome, lively and fantastic urban world-building. I love every bloody scene, to awkard mundane moments between human Kate and monster August. I cannot explain the giddy feeling as the book got darker and more gripping. I think this book is really for readers who are fed up with the same love angst troupes and are craving to the something wicked. I never been let down from Victoria Schwab, I promise you its great. Any reader, Male or Female can read this book because of how raw, and thrilling each character is. Just pick up the book and be place into a trace that will crave for the second one.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So imaginative! This story was dark and addictive. I really enjoyed the creative premise of this book...the way the monsters in the story came into being was so interesting and unique. Great writing, and I found the main characters (both monster and human) to be complex and three-dimensional. Loved the ending and am looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
Date published: 2017-02-13

Editorial Reviews

“Unique, thrilling, and impossible to predict, This Savage Song is something entirely new, and fans of YA will want to seek out this dark and powerful novel. ...Schwab has written a book with moments of cruelty and bleakness that also includes high adventure and heroic achievements.”