This Savage Song coverSometimes nursery rhymes are more than sing song.  Sometimes they are warnings.

"Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul."


In the war torn city of Verity there are monsters.  Three kinds.  Born from human violence, the monsters are feared by all.  You have two choices.  Accept the tyrannical rule of the Harkers, who own one half of Verity, and pay for protection, or live free but dangerously with the Flynns in their half of the city.  Harker controls the Malchai (think vampire/ghoul), and Flynn has the only known Sunai (think sirens).  A tentative peace has stopped the violence and the creation of more monsters.  But tensions are building.    


Kate Harker has returned to Verity to prove to her father that's she's tough enough to be his heir.  But her farther hardly looks at her.  August Flynn has a bigger secret.  He's one of Flynn's Sunai monsters, but he looks human.  When he plays the violin, he can steal the soul of someone who committed violent acts.  In fact he needs to do that to live.  But he doesn't like killing to survive.  To feel like he's more than a monster, August agrees to go undercover and watch Kate at her new school.  See if he can learn more about what the Harkers are up to and if they're going to restart the war.


This Savage Song is just fun.  Espionage, monsters, mysteries.  It’s got all of it.  For those of you who want adventure but are tired of romances.  There’s no romance in this.  Just a lot of danger.


Lauren C.