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Vicious

(2013)
(The first book in the Villains series)
A novel by

 
 
A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

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?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn't automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

"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

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Fantasy Books of 2013

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Genre: Fantasy

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Used availability for V E Schwab's Vicious

Hardback Editions

May 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Vicious (Villains 1)
Author(s): V E Schwab
ISBN: 1-78565-867-0 / 978-1-78565-867-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Titan Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


May 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Vicious (Villains)
Author(s): V E Schwab
ISBN: 1-250-16026-X / 978-1-250-16026-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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September 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Vicious (Villains)
Author(s): V E Schwab
ISBN: 0-7653-3534-4 / 978-0-7653-3534-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Vicious (Villains)
Author(s): V E Schwab
ISBN: 1-250-18350-2 / 978-1-250-18350-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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January 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Vicious (Villains)
Author(s): V E Schwab
ISBN: 0-7653-3535-2 / 978-0-7653-3535-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Vicious (The Villains Series)
Author(s): V E Schwab, Victoria Schwab
ISBN: 1-78329-021-8 / 978-1-78329-021-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Titan Books
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Audio Editions

January 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Vicious
Author(s): V E Schwab
ISBN: 1-5012-2478-6 / 978-1-5012-2478-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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May 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Vicious
Author(s): V E Schwab
ISBN: 1-4915-0741-1 / 978-1-4915-0741-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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May 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Vicious
Author(s): V E Schwab
ISBN: 1-4915-0788-8 / 978-1-4915-0788-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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May 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Vicious
Author(s): V E Schwab
ISBN: 1-4915-0835-3 / 978-1-4915-0835-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Vicious
Author(s): V E Schwab
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Vicious
Author(s): V E Schwab
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Vicious
Author(s): V E Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
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September 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Vicious (Villains Book 1)
Author(s): V E Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA