On Old Friends and New Beginnings 

I was halfway through writing A CONJURING OF LIGHT when I realized I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. 
My characters were on a boat in the middle of the sea, en route to a floating market, when I called my editor, Miriam, and said, “I’m not done.” 

Miriam asked if I needed another book in the Shades of Magic arc—an idea we’d floated once or twice, when trying to decide if the series was a trilogy or a quartet—and I said no. There was a story I was telling in Shades of Magic, a story that started with a simple black stone, a story I wanted to finish. 

CONJURING was the book where I was supposed to tie off all the threads. Closed the doors. Write the end. 

And I did.

But I also took a chance. 

As I wrote, I starting weaving in a few new threads. Not many. Just enough to catch the lock, keep the door from closing all the way.

By the time I finished Shades of Magic, I’d started Threads of Power. 

I knew I wanted to tell a new story, one that included the cast of Shades of Magic without focusing exclusively on them. I envisioned a set of three interconnecting books, each with its own protagonist—a tinkerer who can pull the threads of magic, a noble who has her birthright stolen, a con artist born with a lucky streak but no power—their lives intertwining against a backdrop where a prince has become king, a thief has become a pirate, and new dangers are beginning to threaten the three Londons. 

And here we are. 

I couldn’t be happier to announce that the story that began with a peculiar coat and a picked pocket will officially continue. Not because I dreamed it, but because readers have loved Shades of Magic enough to force it on their friends, neighbors, colleagues, because my agent believed and my editor believed and my publisher believed and you believed it was possible. 


The first three books in the new deal will be Threads of Power. The fourth will be a project tentatively titled BLACK TABS–about a female assassin in futuristic NYC. Additionally, I’m writing VENGEFUL, the sequel to VICIOUS, and a stand-alone story called THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LA RUE, about a girl who makes a Faustian bargain to live forever, only to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Needless to say, lovelies, it’s going to be a busy few years ❤

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30 thoughts on “On Old Friends and New Beginnings 

  1. I’m so excited! I definitely wasn’t finished reading about Kell, Lila, Rhy, and Luc, so I’m so glad you weren’t done writing about them. Can’t wait to read these books as well as the others you’re working on!

  2. Leanne says:

    *insert a shriek* OMG I’m so happy I get to see Kell and company again!

  3. Ella Z. says:

    MY EMOTIONSSS 😭😭😭😍

  4. kalsidhe says:

    ALL THE HAPPY SCREAMING AT THIS GLORIOUS NEWS. I don’t suppose it’s too much to hope that VICIOUS gets made into a movie, too? That would make my life.

  5. I’m so emotional! I absolutely adore the Shades of Magic series and am really looking forward to more in their world. I’m preordering all these new works when available, I’m already waiting for the collectors edition of A Darker Shade of Magic~
    Thank you for all your hard work♡

  6. Christy Lau says:

    YESSSS I can’t wait for Vengeful and I need to know what that final sentence in the Holland chapter meant. 🙈💕💕

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  8. rebeldynasty says:

    Oh my gods, I am SO thrilled to hear you’re going to be continuing with that world, while incorporating a new story arc. I loved the trilogy so, so much that it was like saying goodbye to a friend when I finish Conjuring. I can’t wait to see how this new trilogy pans out, and of course, I’m also super-stoked about Vengeful. Vicious was the first book I ever read by you, and it’s still one of my all-time favourites. It’s going to be so exciting when all of your new books come out. ^^

  9. i can’t even! soooooo amazing!!! 😍😍😍

  10. Erin Rebecca says:

    I can’t wait to dive back into the world! You weren’t the only one who wasn’t ready to say goodbye when Conjuring ended.

  11. rgnairam says:

    I am so, so excited.

  12. Christina says:

    I can’t wait! This is fantastic news!!

  13. BrittneyRz says:

    I so beyond excited!

  14. robertbatten says:

    Reblogged this on Robert Batten and commented:
    This announcement makes me incredibly happy.

  15. ore says:

    IM SI EXCITED!NN

  16. seberrow says:

    I was so happy to read this news on Twitter the other day, because I’m not done with that world either! Looking forward to read it, as I am anything you put out x

  17. lenisbooks says:

    I cant wait! 👏👏👏😍😍😍

  18. Congratulations Victoria!!!!! I’m so excited that we’ll be getting more of this world<3 As soon as you posted the announcement I began reading A Conjuring of Light- I realized I had been putting it off because I didn't want to say goodbye either!

  19. gullvibes says:

    hey please do foloow my blog. thanks

  20. […] I expand on that, let me just flail over the fact that VE Schwab recently signed a huge new deal. Apparently, she’ll be adding to the Shades of Magic world with a new series called Threads […]

  21. […] Victoria’s New Books Announced! That’s right, Victoria Schwab is having four new books in addition to Vengeful (out in Sept. 2018), the sequel to Vicious, and The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue (it’s a standalone novel). It’s a $1M book deal that would last into 2024. With that deal, there will be a brand new trilogy that is set in the same world as the Shades of Magic series. The trilogy will be called Threads of Powers. The fourth book will be a standalone, I believe – tentatively titled Black Tabs; a female assassin in a future version of NYC. (Source). (Victoria’s Blog). […]

  22. S.P. Bowers says:

    Congrats! and the invisible life book sounds really interesting!

  23. John says:

    Good job, and good luck! I love the photo, by the way. The hair is rocking.

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  25. […] oli raske ette ennustada. Londonid on paeluvad, mistõttu olen enam kui õnnelik, et Schwab on otsustanud sellest kirjutada veel teisegi triloogia. Rääkimata veel sellest, et mul on veel triloogia kolmanda osa lugemisnauding alles ees. […]

  26. amaranto es says:

    ! […] Victoria’s New Books announced!

  27. delynnquent says:

    Oh hey! I just finished A Conjuring of Light. I wanted to say that you are fabulous, and I love, love, LOVE your work. It gives me the chance to escape my problems and delve into a world in which the challenges of your characters do not seem insurmountable. I hope someday that I can produce a book that incites the emotions your work engenders in me. Please stay strong and keep writing. I anxiously await your next novel!

  28. Yay! I’m so excited! I’ve loved Shades of Magic and I can’t wait to dive back into that world for some new stories. Good luck on everything.

  29. Winnie says:

    I’m so excited for this new series. Like everyone else here I was not ready to say goodbye and am so happy to know there will be more!!

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