V. E. Schwab

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V. E. Schwab
V. E. Schwab, Author Photo
V. E. Schwab, Author Photo
BornVictoria Elizabeth Schwab
(1987-07-07) July 7, 1987 (age 36)
Alma materWashington University in St. Louis (BFA)
Genrefantasy, science fiction, young adult, adult and middle grade fantasy
Notable worksThe Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, the Shades of Magic series and the Villains duology.

Victoria Elizabeth (V. E.) Schwab (born July 7, 1987) is an American writer. She is known for the 2013 novel Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, which was nominated for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.[1] She publishes children's and young adult fiction books under the name Victoria Schwab. She is the creator[2] of the supernatural teen drama series First Kill, based on her short story of the same name originally published in the 2020 anthology Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite.

Early life and education[edit]

Schwab was born on July 7, 1987, in California and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. Schwab went to Harpeth Hall School,[3] an all-girls Southern preparatory school.[4] She 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 She completed her first novel (unpublished) in her sophomore year,[5] and sold her debut novel, The Near Witch, to Disney before graduating.[6]


Schwab at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon

Schwab's debut novel, The Near Witch, was published by Disney in 2011.[6]

The Guardian called Vicious "a brilliant exploration of the superhero mythos, and a riveting revenge thriller".[7] Additionally, it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly,[8] which also named the novel one of its best books of 2013 for Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror.[9] The American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association likewise awarded it the top fantasy book in their 2014 Reading List.[10] 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.[11][12]

In 2014, Schwab signed a two-book deal with Tor Books,[9] which included A Darker Shade of Magic and its sequel. The former was published in February 2015, and also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.[13] 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.[14]

In May 2018, Schwab gave the sixth annual Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke College, Oxford.[15]

In 2020, Schwab joined the panel of Podcast Writing Excuses[16] to discuss book themes and other topics.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was published by Tor Books on October 6, 2020.[17] It was heavily praised and nominated for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel.[1]

Schwab's short story "First Kill" was published in the 2020 anthology Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite. On October 15, 2020, Netflix gave a series order to the production First Kill (TV series).[18] Schwab served at the creator and an executive producer of the series and as a writer for a number of episodes.[19] The first season of the series premiered on June 10, 2022, on Netflix.[20]

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.[6]


As Victoria Schwab[edit]

The Dark Vault series[edit]

  • The Archived (2013)
  • The Unbound (2014)
  • "Leave the Window Open" (2015) (short story)
  • The Returned (TBD)

Everyday Angel series[edit]

  • New Beginnings (2014)
  • Second Chances (2014)
  • Last Wishes (2014)

Monsters of Verity series[edit]

  • This Savage Song (2016)
  • Our Dark Duet (2017)

Cassidy Blake series[edit]

  • City of Ghosts (2018)
  • Tunnel of Bones (2019)
  • 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)

As V. E. Schwab[edit]

Villains Series[edit]

  • "Warm Up" (2013) (short story)
  • Vicious (2013)
  • Vengeful (2018)
  • Victorious (TBD)

Villains Graphic Novels[edit]

  • ExtraOrdinary (2021)

Shades of Magic series[edit]

Threads of Power Series (spin off to Shades of Magic)[edit]

  • The Fragile Threads of Power (2023)

Shades of Magic Graphic Novels series[edit]

  • Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince (2019)
  • Shades of Magic Vol. 2: Night of Knives (2019)
  • Shades of Magic Vol. 3: The Rebel Army (2020)

The Near Witch series[edit]

  • The Ash-Born Boy (2012) (novella)
  • The Near Witch (2011) (republished in 2019 under V. E. Schwab)

Standalone works[edit]



  1. ^ a b locusmag (June 27, 2020). "2020 Locus Awards Winners". Locus Online. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "FAQs". V.E. SCHWAB. Archived from the original on August 6, 2022. Retrieved August 6, 2022.
  3. ^ admin (March 9, 2023). "In Conversation with #1 NYTimes author V.E. Schwab '05". Harpeth Hall. Retrieved April 26, 2024.
  4. ^ admin (March 31, 2019). "Episode 22: Victoria/V. E. Schwab". The Worldshapers. Retrieved June 1, 2022.
  5. ^ Rhea, Ryan (June 21, 2021). "Author V. E. Schwab adds some magic to everyday life". The Source. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c Charaipotra, Sona (August 8, 2020). "The Book of V.E. Schwab's Heart". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  7. ^ Brown, Eric (January 9, 2014). "Science fiction roundup - reviews". The Guardian. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  8. ^ "Fiction Review: Vicious by V. E. Schwab". Publishers Weekly. 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Deahl, Rachel (February 10, 2014). "Book Deals: Week of February 10, 2014". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  10. ^ "RUSA's 2014 Reading List winners revealed: Librarians' top picks in genre fiction". American Library Association. January 26, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (December 17, 2013). "Ridley Scott's Scott Free Teams With Story Mining & Supply On Vicious Deal". Deadline Hollywood.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Fiction Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab". Publishers Weekly. 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  14. ^ Tor.com. "V.E. Schwab Writing New Trilogy Set in the Shades of Magic Universe". August 28, 2017
  15. ^ [1], 'Video and Photos for Victoria (V.E.) Schwab's Tolkien Lecture', 2 May 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Theme". Writing Excuses. Retrieved January 29, 2023.
  17. ^ "See the starry cover for V.E. Schwab's 'The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue'". EW.com. Retrieved June 19, 2021.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (October 15, 2020). "Emma Roberts To Produce YA Vampire Series 'First Kill' At Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  19. ^ Otterson, Joe (October 15, 2020). "Emma Roberts to Produce Series Adaptation of YA Vampire Short Story 'First Kill' at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  20. ^ Hatchett, Keisha (May 5, 2022). "First Kill Lands Release Date at Netflix — Get First Look at YA Vampire Series". TVLine. Retrieved May 12, 2022.
  21. ^ "A Conjuring of Light is the Third Book in V.E. Schwab's Darker Shade of Magic Series". Tor.com. April 20, 2016.
  22. ^ "Gallant".
  23. ^ "Goodreads Choice - Best Science Fiction". Goodreads. Retrieved December 9, 2022.
  24. ^ "Goodreads Choice - Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction". Goodreads. Retrieved December 9, 2022.

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