“I didn’t stop fighting,” he said, the words so low he worried Kate wouldn’t hear them, but she did. “I just got tired of losing. It’s easier this way.”
“Of course it’s easier,” said Kate. “that doesn’t mean it’s right.”
V.E. Schwab is definitely one of my favourite authors – her ‘Darker Shade of Magic’-series is definitely in my top five – so I was really excited when I heard that she was writing a sequel to ‘This Savage Song’. I don’t love the world quite as much as ADSoM, but nonetheless I was absolutely ready to dive back into the world of Verity.
In a postapocalyptic world where horrible acts create monsters, the city of Verity used to be split into two parts; one ruled by the ruthless Harkers, and the other protected by Henry Flynn and his army. After the death of her father, Kate Harker escapes to Prosperity, where she starts hunting the monsters that haunt the city. Meanwhile, with the balance of power tipped, Verity is thrown into chaos, and August Flynn, Sunai and adoptive son of Henry Flynn must become the leader he never wanted to be and leave the last pretense of humanity behind. When a new kind of monster leads Kate back to Verity, she and August are thrown together again to fight a final battle against the monsters of Verity.
There is something about V.E. Schwab’s writing style that plunges me right into her story, makes the minutes and hours disappear before emerging blinking and realizing that the book is over and it is way past midnight. Her characters are incredible, her plot gripping and unpredictable, and the language she uses is just gorgeous. Kate and August are probably two of my favourite characters of all time, and their plots in this book are lovely and heartbreaking and incredible. She has a way of making you care so much about her characters, even the once that are just introduced for a couple of pages.
I absolutely adore the world this book is set in, the dark city with monsters waiting in the darkness, where light is the most valuable resource and people’s souls can be brought to the surface by the sound of music. Confronted with the simplistic views on good and evil, it is so interesting to see the conflicting opinions on forgiveness, and the possibility of change, even if your soul is stained red. Deeper themes are touched under the surface of the plot of this book, and its amazing!
Needless to say I loved this book, and would give it a hundred stars if I could. If you loved ‘This Savage Song’, or ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’, and are looking for a new series to throw your heart and soul into, this is definitely the one for you!