Review: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) by V.E. Schwab

Kate Harker and August Flynn are from two sides of a divided city. Kate is the only child of the ruthless ruler of northern Verity; August is the youngest son of the good-hearted leader of the south. Only  a crumbling truce holds the city together. An assassination attempt forces Kate and August to join forces, but there is more at stake than just their lives.


I started reading this because the concept seemed so intriguing and I ended up loving it. The entire idea of “sins” turning into monsters just worked really great.

The character building is great as well. Kate is badass and so complex, and I really liked that. August on the other hand is really sweet and I adore him. I was really rooting for both of them.

What I really really liked is the complete lack of a romance plot. There’s family relationships and friendship but no romance and it was so great to read and so refreshing to have a story without romance. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with romance, but not every story needs it. August’s and Kate’s friendship was so great to see for a change, especially with the amount of books that seem to think it’s impossible for girls and guys to be “just” friends.

I also loved that there was no clear villainous side. You start out thinking you know who the villain is, but Schwab manages to turn expectations on the head and surprise you by the end. It’s much easier to see the heroes in this story, but even they are not perfect. the complexity of the characters in This Savage Song is really great.

I would have wished for a little more explicit diversity though. One of my favourite things about the Shades of Magic series was how casually diverse it was, and Monsters of Verity is missing that so far. I really hope it will get there with the second book, because it would be sad for a series with such an interesting premise to stumble over that.

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 Stars)

Additional Information


Publication Date: 7 June 2016
Publisher: Titan Books
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 411
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
ISBN: 9781785652745


Kate Harker and August Flynn’s families rule opposite ends of Verity, a grisly metropolis where violent acts summon real monsters: bloodsucking Malchai; clawing Corsai; and soul-stealing Sunai. The truce that keeps the families at peace is crumbling, and August is sent to spy on Kate. But when Harker’s men try to kill her and pin it on the Flynns, August and Kate find themselves running from both sides, in a city where monsters are real…



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