Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 10/01/2014
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An incredible superhero tale way ahead of its time!
We find ourselves in a thrilling world of EO’s or superheroes to you and me, and Victor and Eli are experimenting with the idea that EO’s are made not born... READ MORE
Jamie-Lee Turner
No good guy, no bad guy. Just EOs.
I fell under Schwab's spell with her Shades of Magic trilogy and made it my personal mission to read as much by her as I can. Vicious is, therefore, my fou... READ MORE
Chloe at Leicester
Absolutely fascinating!
I read Vicious for the first time two years ago, and I have been meaning to write a review ever since, but I can never find the words. After a re-read, I s... READ MORE
An immediate favourite!!
I knew I would not be putting this book down as soon as I read the first page. V.E. Schwab's brilliant writing style really brings the world of EOs to l... READ MORE
Alisha at Watford


Victor and Eli started out as college roommates-brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in one another. 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.

They become EOs, ExtraOrdinaries, leaving a body in their wake and turning on each other. Ten years later Victor has escaped from prison and is determined to get his revenge on the man who put him there, aided by a young girl with the ability to raise the dead. Eli has spent the years hunting down and killing every EO he can find, convinced that they are a crime against God, all except his sidekick, a woman whose power is persuasion and whom he cannot defy.

Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge-but who will be left alive at the end?

  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781783290215
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 40g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm

Customer Reviews

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Fabulous urban fantasy
Loved this book. Plot moves at great pace, goodies are baddies and baddies are goodies! Or are they? Will definitely be reading more from this author.
Ian Halsey
I feel as if I am savouring Schwab's novels, reading one every few months rather than binging them all in one go and being left with nothing to read next. ... READ MORE
Dark, Twisty Madness
I am OBSESSED with dark and twisty characters that make you question your own morality/ principles and V. E. Schwab has written an ENTIRE BOOK filled with ... READ MORE
Aditi Nichani
The Best of Schwab
I absolutely love VE Schwab’s books. She has a talent to weave a gripping story with amazing writing and complex characters. I had the honour to interview ... READ MORE
Marcy at Cardiff
Couldn't put it down
Wow. This author can do no wrong I swear. This is my 3rd book I've read now from Schwab and I cant get enough!
The book that turned me into a V E Schwab fan
This is the first works i've read by Schwab and I officially need to read and consume everything Victoria has ever, and will ever create (see: I'm currentl... READ MORE
Naomi Marshall-Murray
5***** Sensational
V.E. Schwab is such an incredibly gifted writer, this trilogy is absolutely awesome. So tense, fast paced, great character building. I love how tense and d... READ MORE
Not a superhero story!
Vicious is not a superhero story. If you’re looking for morally grey characters fighting over morally grey principles who at points are downright villainou... READ MORE
Marina Marcello
Good storyline and gripping enough that it wasn’t a DNF but I’d personally say this book is massively overhyped. Standard, predicable story about superhero... READ MORE
Jess Savory