A New York Times bestseller
The bestselling sequel—and conclusion—to Victoria Schwab’s instant #1 New York Times bestseller This Savage Song.
Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human. No matter how much he once yearned for it. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.
Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is a terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.
A gorgeously written dark fantasy from New York Times–bestselling author Victoria Schwab, and one to hand to fans of Holly Black, Laini Taylor, and Maggie Stiefvater.
Gr 9 Up—Six months after This Savage Song, Kate Harker is now in the town of Prosperity, hunting monsters with an underground group of humans. August Flynn, on the other hand, has reluctantly risen in the ranks of fighters in their hometown of Verity, where the humans are locked in a bloody stalemate with the monsters on the other side of the seam. When Kate is infected by a new and troubling kind of monster, she tracks it back to Verity with the intention of killing it herself. However, she must work with August and the rest of the Flynn family to stop the new monster and keep the city safe for humans. In the course of fighting for Verity, Kate must also confront Sloan, her father's former henchman, and Alice, the shadow created by Kate's own act of violence. The first few chapters of this dark fantasy contain artful reminders of what happened in the first volume. Lyrical verse is also strategically woven throughout, giving readers a peek behind the eyes of a monsters and adding to the darkly beautiful atmosphere. Creating a world where "violence begets violence" and monstrous acts literally create monsters gives the author lots of room to explore interesting issues such as guilt, sin, and forgiveness, which she does to great effect. Masterly writing, a fast-moving plot, and just the right amount of bittersweet romance make this book hard to put down. VERDICT A necessary first purchase for all teen collections.—Sunnie Scarpa, Wallingford Public Library, CT
“If This Savage Song was a tense exploration of human nature, this sequel is a reckoning....Schwab folds questions of identity, morality, and judgment into her stunningly crafted narrative. ...readers will be hard-pressed to put this action-driven finale down.” -- Booklist (starred review)
“The breakneck packing of the climactic latter half eventually resolves into a poignant ending. ...Schwab’s style is on point, as always. Happily, the many ardent fans waiting for this volume...[will] delight in the feels.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“Alternating between [Kate and August’s] immediate, propulsive perspectives, this sequel’s narrative reveals that each is still hunting the violence-created monsters that plague their alternate United States. ...Suspenseful action sequences are well paced, with affecting moments of understanding and tenderness, building to a satisfying ending.” -- Horn Book Magazine
“Masterly writing, a fast-moving plot, and just the right amount of bittersweet romance make this book hard to put down. A necessary first purchase for all teen collections.” -- School Library Journal
“Explosive . . . Be prepared for a breakneck pace, new monsters, darkness, and all the feels.” -- Brightly
KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.
AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. But no longer. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.
The war has begun.
The monsters are winning.
Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.
Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?
Victoria Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, ranging from middle grade to teen to adult. Her books have garnered critical acclaim and been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, and NPR; have been translated into more than a dozen languages; and been optioned for television and film. Schwab, an avid traveler, received her MFA from the University of Edinburgh, where her thesis was about the presence of monsters in medieval art. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.