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This Savage Song

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This Savage Song

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

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

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About the Author-
  • Victoria Schwab is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller This Savage Song, as well as the acclaimed adult fantasy novels A Darker Shade of Magic and Vicious. When she's not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 9, 2016
    It’s been 12 years since the supernatural “Phenomenon” that fractured V-City, transforming violent acts into physical monsters: the Sunai, who feed on the souls of sinners; the vampiric Malchai; and the animalistic Corsai, who feed on fear. August, a rare Sunai, has been taken in by the Flynn family, which keeps chaotic South Verity safe. Callum Harker runs North Verity with an iron fist, using the Malchai and Corsai as his hammers; his daughter, Kate, is determined to prove to her father that she’s as ruthless as he is. August is asked to spy on Kate at her new school, but a rebellion is brewing, and Kate and August form an unlikely alliance. Schwab (The Unbound) has built an strange, captivating alternate America filled with offbeat, fascinating characters. August uses his violin to make feeding more bearable, struggling to accept himself as a “monster,” and Kate’s attitude and swagger mask a vulnerability that she’s loath to reveal. Readers looking for a dangerous and engrossing new world to fall into will find it with this fast-paced, frightening read. Ages 14–up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary.

  • Kirkus

    April 15, 2016
    Natural enemies find themselves reluctant allies in a war-torn, monstrous future.Schwab's latest seems poised to grab both her adult and teen readers; the world is fascinating (if sometimes a little thin--education and technology are almost exactly the same in this future), the characters complicated, and the political machinations and emotional depths both charged and compelling. The scene: an isolated supercity in former middle America, populated by the evil Corsai and Malchai and the more complicated Sunai, who can kill only those who have killed (and must do so regularly to maintain their semblance of humanity); all have been born from moments of violence. Against this, Kate Harker (fair-haired, partially deaf, inclined to arson and spying) returns to appease and impress her father, who controls the Malchai and half the city. Across town, Sunai August (seemingly 16, black haired and gray-eyed, a monster who tries to be human) wants his adoptive father's side to succeed in creating a better world. Family and interpersonal dynamics, questions of good and evil, horrifying monsters (some of them human), and moments of violence both graphic and poetic serve as backdrop to a growing sense of kinship between Kate and August, who want a better world--but probably won't get one, based on the zinger of an ending.Crackling with energy, just the ticket for an all-night read. (Futuristic fantasy/horror. 15 & up)

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  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2016

    Gr 9 Up-In a dystopian future, evil deeds begin spawning three kinds of monsters who wreak havoc in human cities; Corsai are created by nonlethal violent acts, Malchai by murders, and Sunai from mass murders. This novel takes place in one such city, which is divided into two parts. Kate Harker's father rules one side by using the monsters as an army and selling protection to residents who can afford it. On the other side, the Flynn family strive to eliminate the Corsai and Malchai by utilizing the deadly talents of the three very rare Sunai who have become part of their family. When Kate returns to the city after being expelled from a slew of boarding schools, August, the newest Sunai, is sent undercover to her elite private school to keep an eye on her. However, the two become unlikely allies when August is framed for an attack that would threaten their fragile peace. This first installment in a planned two-book saga can be described as a postapocalyptic urban fantasy with a Romeo and Juliet theme. The plot unfolds very quickly, with more twists and turns than an average thriller. The budding romance between the main characters is predictable, but Kate and August both undergo an impressive amount of character development, and fans will like them despite their flaws.

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Gaby Salpeter, Books of Wonder "A violently thoughtful, brilliant triumph of a book that will blind you with its genius."
  • Booklist (starred review) "There are no wasted words here, and the end result is a darkly precise narrative that feels like a shiver down the spine...this taut creation about the nature of humanity lingers long after its disquieting finale."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Schwab's latest seems poised to grab both her adult and teen readers; the world is fascinating...the characters complicated, and the political machinations and emotions depths both charged and compelling. ...Crackling with energy, just the ticket for an all-night read."
  • The Horn Book "Schwab explores the natures of justice and humanity in an assuredly built world with a compelling settings and an intriguing music-based magic. And in August and his Sunai siblings, she introduces a type of monster both sympathetic and terrifying. A cliffhanger ending promises a sequel."
  • School Library Journal "Kate and August both undergo an impressive amount of character development, and fans will like them despite their flaws. Combined with the nonstop action and the author's immersive writing style, this first purchase is sure to be a hit with older teens and fans of urban fantasy."
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