V.E. Schwab, author of the bestselling Shades of Magic series, is back with her Villains series. Originally published in 2013, Vicious, the first book in the series, was repackaged in May of this year. The much-anticipated sequel, Vengeful, was just published and picks up where the first book left off. The series follows Victor and Eli—college friends turned enemies. Ten years ago, the pair were inseparable—both fascinated by EOs (Extra Ordinaries) and the potential to gain supernatural abilities. But when tragedy struck—and Victor ended up in prison—the two became enemies, with Victor swearing to get revenge on Eli. Vicious and Vengeful both explore what it means to be a hero and a villain...and just how fine the line between the two is.
Together with Tor Books, The Portalist is giving away an epic prize pack to one lucky winner. The prize includes copies of both Vicious and Vengeful, as well as a Villains scarf, a Vengeful pencil set, and a branded tote bag.
About the Books
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.
Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.
But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she’s finally gained the control she’s always sought―and will use her new-found power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other.
With Marcella's rise, new enmities create opportunity--and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.
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Note: The sweepstakes is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, DC who are 18 years of age and older by October 1, 2018.