V. E. Schwab

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Schwab at the 2018 Phoenix Comic Fest

Victoria (V. E.) Schwab (born July 7, 1987) is an American fantasy author best known for her 2013 novel Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, and her children's and young adult fiction books published under the name Victoria Schwab.


The Guardian called Vicious "a brilliant exploration of the superhero, Mythos, and a riveting revenge thriller".[1] Additionally, it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly,[2] which also named the novel one of its best books of 2013 for Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror.[3] The American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association likewise awarded it the top fantasy book in their 2014 Reading List.[4] In late 2013, the rights for a film adaptation of Vicious were bought jointly by Story Mining & Supply Co and Ridley Scott's: Scott Free Productions.[5][6]

In 2014, Schwab signed a two-book deal with Tor Books,[3] which included Vicious and her next novel, A Darker Shade of Magic. The latter was published in February 2015, and also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.[7] In 2017, she signed another book deal with Tor for Vengeful, the sequel to Vicious; a new trilogy set called Threads of Power, which takes place in the same world as the Shades of Magic series; and an "homage to Blade Runner" called Black Tabs.[8]

In May 2018, Schwab gave the sixth annual Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke College, Oxford.[9]


Schwab graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2009. She had originally planned to study Astrophysics, but changed directions after taking art and literature courses. She completed her first novel (unpublished) in her sophomore year.[10] She sold her debut novel, The Near Witch, to Disney before graduating.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Schwab grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and has lived in St. Louis, Brooklyn, Liverpool, and Edinburgh. She first came out as gay at age 28.[11]


As Victoria Schwab[edit]

The Archived series[edit]

1. The Archived (2013)

2. The Unbound (2014)

2.5. Leave the Window Open (2015) (short story)

3. The Returned (TBA)

Everyday Angel series[edit]

1. New Beginnings (2014)

2. Second Chances (2014)

3. Last Wishes (2014)

Monsters of Verity series[edit]

1. This Savage Song (2016)

2. Our Dark Duet (2017)

Cassidy Blake series[edit]

1. City of Ghosts (2018)

2. Tunnel of Bones (2019)

3. Bridge of Souls (2021)

Standalone works[edit]

  • Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts - Broken Ground (2015)
  • Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy (2017) (contributing writer)
  • (Don't) Call Me Crazy (2018) (contributing writer)
  • Gallant (2022)

As V. E. Schwab[edit]

Villains series[edit]

0.5. Warm Up (2013) (short story)

1. Vicious (2013)

2. Vengeful (2018)

3. Victorious (announced)

Villans Graphic Novels[edit]

1. ExtraOrdinary (2021)

Shades of Magic series[edit]

1. A Darker Shade of Magic (2015)

2. A Gathering of Shadows (2016)

3. A Conjuring of Light (2017)[12]

4. Untitled (Threads of Power, announced)

Shades of Magic Graphic Novels series[edit]

1. Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince (2019)

2. Shades of Magic Vol. 2: Night of Knives (2019)

3. Shades of Magic Vol. 3: The Rebel Army (2020)

The Near Witch series[edit]

0.5. The Ash-Born Boy (2012) (short story)

1. The Near Witch (2011) (republished in 2019 under V. E. Schwab)

Standalone works[edit]


  1. ^ Brown, Eric (January 9, 2014). "Science fiction roundup - reviews". The Guardian. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "Fiction Review: Vicious by V. E. Schwab". Publishers Weekly. 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Deahl, Rachel (February 10, 2014). "Book Deals: Week of February 10, 2014". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "RUSA's 2014 Reading List winners revealed: Librarians' top picks in genre fiction". American Library Association. January 26, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (December 17, 2013). "Ridley Scott's Scott Free Teams With Story Mining & Supply On Vicious Deal". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ Barnes, Madison (May 20, 2014). "Hit List Scribe Alexander Felix To Adapt Vicious For Scott Free And Story Mining & Supply Co". The Tracking Board. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  7. ^ "Fiction Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab". Publishers Weekly. 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  8. ^ Tor.com. "V.E. Schwab Writing New Trilogy Set in the Shades of Magic Universe". August 28, 2017
  9. ^ [1], 'Video and Photos for Victoria (V.E.) Schwab's Tolkien Lecture', 2 May 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  10. ^ Rhea, Ryan (2021-06-21). "Author V. E. Schwab adds some magic to everyday life". The Source. Retrieved 2021-06-23.
  11. ^ a b Charaipotra, Sona (August 8, 2020). "The Book of V.E. Schwab's Heart". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  12. ^ "A Conjuring of Light is the Third Book in V.E. Schwab's Darker Shade of Magic Series". Tor.com.

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