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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 25/10/2013
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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 arch nemeses have set a course for revenge-but who will be left alive at the end?

Publisher: Tor Books
ISBN: 9780765335340
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 231 x 163 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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 of the Repairman Jack series

""Vicious "is dark and intricate and daring, twisting back and forth through time and morality and life and death until you can't turn the pages fast enough. I loved it."
--Dan Wells, author of "I Am Not a Serial Killer

""Utterly brilliant. Schwab takes the notion of superhero fiction and bashes it on its head...prepare to be thoroughly entertained."--Jackie Kessler, coauthor of "Black and White"

"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


"A fun, morally-flexible revenge tale..."Vicious" methodically ratchets up the tension as Victor and Eli circle each other for the inevitable kill.
--Daniel H. Wilson, NYT bestselling author of "Robopocalypse
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"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 of the Repairman Jack series
""Vicious "is dark and intricate and daring, twisting back and forth through time and morality and life and death until you can't turn the pages fast enough. I loved it."
--Dan Wells, author of "I Am Not a Serial Killer
""An epic collision of super-powered nemeses. The writing and storycraft is Schwab's own superpower as this tale leaps off the page in all its dark, four-color comic-book glory."
--Chuck Wendig, author of "Blackbirds "
"Utterly brilliant. Schwab takes the notion of superhero fiction and bashes it on its head...prepare to be thoroughly entertained."--Jackie Kessler, coauthor of "Black and White
""A noirish cross between the X-Men and 'The Count of Monte Cristo.' You won't be able to stop turning the pages."
--Alex Bledsoe, author of "The Hum and the Shiver
""V.E. Schwab writes with the fiendish ingenuity, sardonic wit, and twisted imagination of a true supervillian."
--Greg Cox, "New York Times" bestselling author


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"

A fun, morally-flexible revenge tale..."Vicious" methodically ratchets up the tension as Victor and Eli circle each other for the inevitable kill. "Daniel H. Wilson, NYT bestselling author of Robopocalypse"

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 of the Repairman Jack series"

"Vicious "is dark and intricate and daring, twisting back and forth through time and morality and life and death until you can't turn the pages fast enough. I loved it. "Dan Wells, author of I Am Not a Serial Killer"

An epic collision of super-powered nemeses. The writing and storycraft is Schwab's own superpower as this tale leaps off the page in all its dark, four-color comic-book glory. "Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds"

Utterly brilliant. Schwab takes the notion of superhero fiction and bashes it on its head...prepare to be thoroughly entertained. "Jackie Kessler, coauthor of Black and White"

A noirish cross between the X-Men and 'The Count of Monte Cristo.' You won't be able to stop turning the pages. "Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver"

V.E. Schwab writes with the fiendish ingenuity, sardonic wit, and twisted imagination of a true supervillian. "Greg Cox, New York Times bestselling author""


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

A fun, morally-flexible revenge tale...Vicious methodically ratchets up the tension as Victor and Eli circle each other for the inevitable kill. Daniel H. Wilson, NYT bestselling author of Robopocalypse

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 of the Repairman Jack series

Vicious is dark and intricate and daring, twisting back and forth through time and morality and life and death until you can't turn the pages fast enough. I loved it. Dan Wells, author of I Am Not a Serial Killer

An epic collision of super-powered nemeses. The writing and storycraft is Schwab's own superpower as this tale leaps off the page in all its dark, four-color comic-book glory. Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds

Utterly brilliant. Schwab takes the notion of superhero fiction and bashes it on its head...prepare to be thoroughly entertained. Jackie Kessler, coauthor of Black and White

A noirish cross between the X-Men and 'The Count of Monte Cristo.' You won't be able to stop turning the pages. Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver

V.E. Schwab writes with the fiendish ingenuity, sardonic wit, and twisted imagination of a true supervillian. Greg Cox, New York Times bestselling author

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"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

"A fun, morally-flexible revenge tale...Vicious methodically ratchets up the tension as Victor and Eli circle each other for the inevitable kill." --Daniel H. Wilson, NYT bestselling author of Robopocalypse

"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 of the Repairman Jack series

"Vicious is dark and intricate and daring, twisting back and forth through time and morality and life and death until you can't turn the pages fast enough. I loved it." --Dan Wells, author of I Am Not a Serial Killer

"An epic collision of super-powered nemeses. The writing and storycraft is Schwab's own superpower as this tale leaps off the page in all its dark, four-color comic-book glory." --Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds

"Utterly brilliant. Schwab takes the notion of superhero fiction and bashes it on its head...prepare to be thoroughly entertained." --Jackie Kessler, coauthor of Black and White

"A noirish cross between the X-Men and 'The Count of Monte Cristo.' You won't be able to stop turning the pages." --Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver

"V.E. Schwab writes with the fiendish ingenuity, sardonic wit, and twisted imagination of a true supervillian." --Greg Cox, New York Times bestselling author


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"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

"A fun, morally-flexible revenge tale...Vicious methodically ratchets up the tension as Victor and Eli circle each other for the inevitable kill." --Daniel H. Wilson, NYT bestselling author of Robopocalypse

"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 of the Repairman Jack series

"Vicious is dark and intricate and daring, twisting back and forth through time and morality and life and death until you can't turn the pages fast enough. I loved it." --Dan Wells, author of I Am Not a Serial Killer

"An epic collision of super-powered nemeses. The writing and storycraft is Schwab's own superpower as this tale leaps off the page in all its dark, four-color comic-book glory." --Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds

"Utterly brilliant. Schwab takes the notion of superhero fiction and bashes it on its head...prepare to be thoroughly entertained." --Jackie Kessler, coauthor of Black and White

"A noirish cross between the X-Men and 'The Count of Monte Cristo.' You won't be able to stop turning the pages." --Alex Bledsoe, author of The Hum and the Shiver

"V.E. Schwab writes with the fiendish ingenuity, sardonic wit, and twisted imagination of a true supervillian." --Greg Cox, New York Times bestselling author

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“An incredible superhero tale way ahead of its time!”

We find ourselves in a thrilling world of EO’s or superheroes to you and me, and Victor and Eli are experimenting with the idea that EO’s are made not born, which ultimately has crippling consequences. It is brilliant... More

Paperback edition
7th March 2016
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“No good guy, no bad guy. Just EOs.”

I fell under Schwab's spell with her Shades of Magic trilogy and made it my personal mission to read as much by her as I can. Vicious is, therefore, my fourth book by Schwab and I have to admit that after her... More

Paperback edition
12th May 2018
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