Praise for Vicious

VICIOUS has been named a Best Book of 2013 by both Publisher’s Weekly and Amazon!


“In a genre that tends toward the flippant or pretentious, this is a rare superhero novel as epic and gripping as any classic comic.”


“V.E. Schwab demonstrates real literary super powers with VICIOUS –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 Extinction Machine and Marvel Universe vs. The Avengers

“Vicious is a fun, morally-flexible revenge tale that pits two mad scientists againt each other…Using an entertaining mix of flashbacks and multiple perspectives, Vicious methodically ratchets up the tension as Victor and Eli circle each other for the inevitable kill.”

—Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse

“Vicious is something new under the sun as 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

“V.E. Schwab’s Vicious is the superhero novel I’ve been waiting for: fresh, merciless, and yes, vicious.”

—Mira Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Blackout

“V.E. Schwab writes with the fiendish ingenuity, sardonic wit, and twisted imagination of a true supervillian. Vicious is a diabolically clever trap that will lure you in and hold you hostage to the very last page!”

–Greg Cox, New York Times bestselling author

“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

“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 

“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 Kessler, coauthor of Black and White 

“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 and Under the Empyrean Sky 



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