In which I finally spill what VICIOUS is about and share what people are saying!!


Yesterday did an amazing piece on VICIOUS, complete with sketches, design snapshots, and the gorgeous finished product you see above.

And here today, as promised, I get to share the catalog copy for the book, as well as some blurbs that just make me want to lie down and make floor angels.

First, after months of *mumblesuperpowersmumble* I can finally tell you WHAT IT’S ABOUT.


A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.

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?

AHHHHHHHH! <–Sorry, that is how I feel finally being able to share.


I get to share some seriously amazing blurbs, too.



“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

“Schwab gathers all the superhero/supervillain tropes and turns them on their sundry heads…. I could not put it down.”
F. Paul WilsonNew 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. If you like it dark, then prepare to be thoroughly entertained.”
Jackie Morse Kessler, author of the Riders of the Apocalypse series

17 thoughts on “In which I finally spill what VICIOUS is about and share what people are saying!!

  1. Admittedly, this isn’t my usual cup of tea, reading-wise, but I’m excited for you to change my mind 🙂

  2. I have to tell you, this sounds…. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. I want to read this now, and the best part is that I can probably get my boy to read it too!

  3. How exciting! I LOVE the synopsis and the cover–you’ve got me hooked. Can’t wait to read it!

  4. Annika says:

    I know I already flipped out on Twitter but AHHHHH F PAUL WILSON! (What’s funny is I’ve never read a Repairman Jack book. But I am a huge fan of his short stories.)

  5. *gabby hands!* *builds time machine to rocket into the future to get a copy*

  6. Michael says:

    Awesome blurbage. I really can’t wait till September for it. =]

  7. weheartya says:

    Sounds AMAZEBALLS!

  8. The synopsis and cover and blurbs make me feel like *sings* “I’m walking on sunshine, whoa-o!”

  9. SweetMarie83 says:

    Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! So, so excited for you and for this book! Can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  10. Ah, such incredible blurbs! Such an incredible summary and cover and *book*. I hope the next VICIOUS post is on when we can pre-order. 🙂 (I’m not going to lie, I love Jonathan Maberry’s Marvel work and kind of flipped a little when I saw his blurb.)

  11. Jillian says:

    AAAAHHHH this sounds so good! I love books with competitive, ambitious friends and twisted superhero/villain tropes, and the always lovely VeSchwab prose will be icing on the cake :-).


  13. Dang straight I like it dark, Jackie Morse Kessler! Can’t wait to read this, Victoria!

  14. That sounds exciting!

  15. Dolma Hari says:

    I never would have thought how much stuff there was out there on this!

    Thank you for making this simple to grasp

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