“I mean, most people want to escape. Get out of their heads. Out of their lives. Stories are the easiest way to do that.”
I’ve had three experiences with V. E. Schwab’s books. The first was The Archived duo, which was interesting enough to read; then came Vicious, but considering I’d been in a terrible slump, it was left to try again another day; finally, in the past few weeks, I read This Savage Song and was convinced to not only go back to the book I abandoned, but also read the others.
There is a city overrun with monsters and war, and that city is separated by its heirs, August Flynn and Kate Harker. The former just wants to be human, whilst the former wants to be as ruthless as her father. But after an assassination attempt, and despite the line that divides them, the two must come together and flee for their lives.
First off, the world-building, otherwise known as a stable balance between not enough and too much. It wasn’t overwhelming for me to understand, and the creatures and settings were what made this so impressive. That itself also never strayed into graphic detail; it wasn’t needed, holding onto an underlying creepiness and intensity to keep one hooked. I’m still asking myself the questions about what the sequel will hold which, even though the story can end as is, doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to the future instalment. Continue reading