Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Vicious by V.E. Schwab: A Gritty and Compelling Superhero Tale

When it comes to superhero stories, most people think of caped crusaders with superhuman abilities saving the world from villainous threats. But what if the line between hero and villain is blurred, and power corrupts even the purest of intentions? That is the central premise of Vicious, the first book in the Villains series by V.E. Schwab.

The story follows the lives of Victor Vale and Eli Cardale, two college roommates who share a fascination with EOs (ExtraOrdinaries) – people with superhuman abilities. Their research leads them to discover that near-death experiences can trigger the development of such powers, and they decide to test their theory on themselves. But things quickly spiral out of control, and the two former friends become bitter enemies with opposing views on how to use their newfound abilities.

Schwab’s writing is gritty and visceral, painting a world where morality is a matter of perspective and the pursuit of power can turn even the noblest of intentions into self-serving agendas. The book is divided into two timelines – the past and the present – and the author masterfully weaves them together, slowly revealing the events that led to the present-day conflict between Victor and Eli.

The characters in Vicious are complex, flawed, and compelling. Victor is a brooding antihero who struggles with his power and his past. Eli is a religious zealot who believes that his abilities are a divine gift meant to rid the world of sin. Their conflicting ideologies drive the narrative forward and make for a gripping read.

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The supporting characters are equally well-developed, from Sydney, a young girl with the power to bring back the dead, to Serena, a ruthless businesswoman who will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Schwab’s attention to detail and her ability to create nuanced characters make this book a standout in the superhero genre.

Vicious is not your typical superhero story. It’s a tale of how power can corrupt even the best of intentions and how the line between hero and villain is often blurred. Schwab’s writing is sharp and incisive, and her characters are richly drawn. If you’re looking for a gritty and compelling take on the superhero genre, Vicious is a must-read.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Vicious


Vicious

Author by : V. E. Schwab
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2013-09-24
Publisher by : Tor Books

ISBN :

Description : V. E. Schwab's New York Times bestseller Vicious is a masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers. Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end? In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn't automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question. "A dynamic and original twist on what it means to be a hero and a villain. A killer from page one...highly recommended!" —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Marvel Universe vs The Avengers and Patient Zero One of Publishers Weekly's Best Fantasy Books of 2013 At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied....






Vicious


Vicious

Author by : V. E. Schwab
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2014-01-10
Publisher by : Titan Books

ISBN :

Description : Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same ambition in each other. A shared interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl with a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end? "Supremely plotted and incredibly well-written." The Independent on Sunday "Vicious is the superhero novel I've been waiting for: fresh, merciless, and yes, vicious." Mira Grant, New York Times bestselling author "Schwab writes with the fiendish ingenuity, sardonic wit, and twisted imagination of a true supervillian." Greg Cox, New York Times "A dynamic and original twist on what it means to be a hero and a villain. A killer from page one... Highly recommended!" Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author "Schwab gathers all the superhero/supervillain tropes and turns them on their sundry heads... I could not put it down." F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author...






Vengeful


Vengeful

Author by : V. E. Schwab
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2018-09-25
Publisher by : Tor Books

ISBN :

Description : *NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* *2018 GOOD READS CHOICE AWARD WINNER FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION CATEGORY* A super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions—#1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious. Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine. But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she’s finally gained the control she’s always sought—and will use her new-found power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other. With Marcella's rise, new enmities create opportunity--and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning. Entertainment Weekly's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now “Readers won't be able to put down this dark and riveting tale of power and revenge.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred Praise for Vicious “Schwab's characters feel vital and real, never reduced to simple archetypes...In a genre that tends toward the flippant or pretentious, this is a rare superhero novel as epic and gripping as any classic comic. Schwab's tale of betrayal, self-hatred, and survival will resonate with superhero fans as well as readers who have never heard of Charles Xavier or Victor von Doom.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) "V. E. Schwab's Vicious is the superhero novel I've been waiting for: fresh, merciless, and yes, vicious. Wow."—Mira Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Blackout Villians #1 Vicious #2 Vengeful "Warm Up" (short story) At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied....






Vicious And Vengeful Slipcase


Vicious And Vengeful Slipcase

Author by : V.E. Schwab
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2021-11
Publisher by :

ISBN :

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The Shades Of Magic Series


The Shades Of Magic Series

Author by : V. E. Schwab
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2017-08-15
Publisher by : Tor Books

ISBN :

Description : This discounted ebundle includes: A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light Witness the fate of beloved heroes and notorious foes in V.E. Schwab’s New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic series. Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive. A Darker Shade of Magic — Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. A Gathering of Shadows — Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Element Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. A Conjuring of Light — As darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, the once precarious balance of power among the four Londons has reached its breaking point. In the wake of tragedy, Kell—once assumed to be the last surviving Antari—begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. Lila Bard has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Tor books by V. E. Schwab The Shades of Magic series A Darker Shade of Magic A Gathering of Shadows A Conjuring of Light The Villains series Vicious At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied....






What Beauty There Is


What Beauty There Is

Author by : Cory Anderson
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2021-04-06
Publisher by : Roaring Brook Press

ISBN :

Description : A 2022 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist, What Beauty There Is is Cory Anderson's stunning novel about brutality and beauty, and about broken people trying to survive—"Intense, brutal, and searingly honest," perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Laura Ruby, and Meg Rosoff. To understand the truth, you have to start at the beginning. Ava Bardem lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years, Ava’s father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He’s taught her to love no one. But then she meets Jack. Living in poverty, Jack Dahl is holding his breath. He and his younger brother have nothing—except each other. With their parents gone, Jack faces a stark choice: lose his brother to foster care or find the drug money that sent his father to prison. He chooses the money. Suddenly, Jack’s and Ava’s fates become intimately—and dangerously—linked as Ava’s father hunts for the same money as Jack. When he picks up on Jack’s trail, Ava must make her own wrenching choice: remain silent or speak and fight for Jack’s survival. Choices. They come at a price....






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The Library Of The Unwritten

Author by : A. J. Hackwith
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2019-10-01
Publisher by : Penguin

ISBN :

Description : In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories. Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing-- a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto. But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil's Bible. The text of the Devil's Bible is a powerful weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the power to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell….and Earth....






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