Friday, 5 August 2016

Book Review: This Savage Song | V.E. Schwab

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab from the amazing folks over at Titan Publishers. You cannot imagine my excitement when I tore open the envelope to find the beautiful cover of this exciting book staring back at me. I’m not going to regurgitate the blurb to you as you can read that for yourselves below, but what I will say about this book is that it is absolutely incredible.

As fans of V.E. Schwab will already know, she writes with the natural creativity of a poet and her words are always constructed beautifully in a lyrical manner that takes her storytelling to a whole other level.  Her characterisation, exposition and world building is by far some of the best I have seen/read in a very long time. There is little humanity in this story but only in regards to the characters, everyone seems to be a different kind of monster or manifestation of darkness. Even humanity itself is seen as the ultimate monster in this book for man is the true wielders of a power darker than they can even imagine themselves. The power to manifest monsters as a direct result of acts of pure brutality.

The main focus in this book is on Kate and August, two very different people/creatures unable to find their true identity while struggling with the ones that have been pre-determined for them by society and the people closest to them.

What we have is also a power struggle between rival families and when you add this to the fear of monsters and the thirst for survival we have a very colourful and exciting story on our hands. I found this to be an addictive read and finished reading it in two days. I fought against reading it so fast but when the story is as fast paced and entertainingly written as this, the urge to find out what happens is next is strong. Wild horses could not have dragged me away from this amazing book.

I was also lucky enough to meet Victoria in person a couple of days ago when she did an event in Liverpool in the Waterstones in which I work. It was an honour and a pleasure to meet one of my writing idols and I am grateful to Victoria for the lovely little conversation we had. She is one of the most inspirational writers and people I have met in a long time, and if I grew to be half as talented as she is then I would be a very happy writer.

This Savage Song has to be one of my top books of 2016, and I highly recommend everyone to read it or read it again if you already have.

I gave this book a savagely beautiful 10/10

Victoria’s stories are strong and filled with beautiful darkness and each one is as deliciously addictive as the next.
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