I’ve heard a lot about Victoria Schwab from her Shades of Magic series, so I finally got around to checking out This Savage Song, and I get why everyone has been talking. I totally get it.
I don’t know how people could not empathize with both August and Kate. August wants to appear human even though he’s a monster, and Kate wants to appear to be a “monster” even though she’s so fragilely human. Can someone say metaphorical paradox?
There are so many symbols and metaphors within this book. The fact that the Sunai are most powerful when they are most vulnerable, come on. Come on. That’s poetic. The whole book is poetic. The prose is gorgeous and starkly honest.
My favorite part of the book is both August and Kate’s desire to be something they aren’t and can’t become due to the world they live in and who they were born. Watching both these characters go against their nature kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time both cheering for them to resist yet to give in. It was such a fine line between the two that Scwab balances so well
I’m very interested in the world that this story takes place and I’m very eager to read Our Dark Duet. August is coming to terms with his true nature and Kate is hunting monsters now, what’s gonna happen!?