Mon­ster Mash

Au­thor VE Sch­wab un­veils her lat­est mon­ster-pop­u­lated cre­ation...

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

No­body could ever ac­cuse vE Sch­wab of be­ing lazy. The Nashville-based au­thor of Vi­cious and A Darker Shade Of Magic has pub­lished 11 books in the last five years, amassed 30,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers and been nom­i­nated for nu­mer­ous fan­tasy awards, in­clud­ing the Pub­lish­ers Weekly Best Book Of 2013. And the 29-year-old is show­ing no sign of slow­ing down.

“Oh man, I’m just get­ting started,” she tells Red Alert. Quite lit­er­ally in the case of This Savage Song, which kicks off a new series set in Ver­ity, an al­ter­nate United States where, ac­cord­ing to Sch­wab, “bru­tal acts of vi­o­lence start breed­ing ac­tual mon­sters.” Adds the au­thor: “In the US, we have been see­ing so much in­ter­nal vi­o­lence over the last sev­eral years, I was fas­ci­nated by the idea of a meta­phys­i­cal af­ter­math. That’s where my mon­sters come from.”

At­tempt­ing to evade blood-drain­ing skele­tal mon­sters are Kate Harker and Au­gust Flynn, young­sters from war­ring fam­i­lies who must unite when Kate’s tar­geted for as­sas­si­na­tion. So how does This Savage Song com­pare to Sch­wab’s pre­vi­ous work? “It’s prob­a­bly the strangest, which for me is say­ing some­thing,” she re­veals. “It’s at turns the most com­mer­cial and the most lit­er­ary, the most vi­o­lent, and the most in­tro­spec­tive. It’s the book 18-year-old me would have wanted.”

VE Sch­wab’s This Savage Song is out now from Ti­tan Books.

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