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This Savage Song

, || There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake.

Five Books About Monstrous Humans

Monsters come in many forms, from the kind that have claws and fangs to those that look just like us; from the overtly supernatural, or unnatural, to those who carry their monstrosity on the inside, a darkness glimpsed only when it shows through the cracks.

My latest book, This Savage Song, looks at two kinds of monsters, the literal and the figurative, those who feed on flesh and blood and soul, and those who relish destruction, harm, feeding some dark passenger (as Dexter would put it) within them.

As much as I love the classic kind of monster, as a writer and a reader, I’m most fascinated by the monstrous (I even did my Masters in medieval depictions of monstrosity) incarnations of humanity, the darkness that lurks within. Here are five books that deal with monsters of a more subtle nature.

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This Savage Song

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books in the Monsters of Verity series, This Savage Song is available July 5 from HarperCollins.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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