Kate Harker and August Flynn’s families rule opposite ends of Verity, a grisly metropolis where violent acts summon real monsters: bloodsucking Malchai; clawing Corsai; and soul-stealing Sunai. The truce that keeps the families at peace is crumbling, and August is sent to spy on Kate. But when Harker’s men try to kill her and pin it on the Flynns, August and Kate find themselves running from both sides, in a city where monsters are real…
A lot of people I follow are huge fans of V.E. Schwab and so she’s been on my to-read list for ages. I finally picked up this book during a sale on Amazon as I mistakenly thought it was a stand-alone novel and thought it would be a great introduction. Alas, I was wrong about it not being part of a series but it certainly was a great choice for a good introduction as I ended up loving it.
I’m a sucker for worldbuilding and this dystopian city split in half and stalked by monsters was something that fascinated me. The idea of actions actually having consequences and creating monsters is a fantastic idea and V.E. Schwab develops it really well in this novel. Indeed, I was rather disappointed actually that we didn’t get to spend more time learning about the world as it was brilliant although hopefully there will be more of that in the next book!
The characters though, the characters are where it really shines. You have your classic guy and girl from opposing sides meet and sparks fly, but in this case it seems purely a platonic friendship which I really enjoyed reading about. I’m really hoping that their relationship remains platonic in the next book as the lack of an awkward romantic subplot is what appealed to me most about the book. The rest of the characters are all excellent too and again I’m hoping we get to see more of them in the second book.
I’m not going to say much about the plot because I went into this book completely blind knowing nothing about the plot and adored it, and so I would like people reading this review to be able to have that same experience.
I definitely recommend this book, although I doubt I really need to do that given how many people I know who adore V.E. Schwab. Fun fact – she almost lived with my boyfriend quite a few years ago but they ended up choosing somebody else instead as their flatmate!