Born in 1987, Victoria Schwab represents a new trend of young authors building their way up with unique and original ideas. The American author has specialized in fantasy books and has come to international attention due to a few series and breathtaking novels. While she has also written fantasy books for children, she is mostly known for her young adult fiction releases.

Who is author V.E. Schwab?

Born in 1987, Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is an American author of speculative fiction. She has written several fantasy novels, including Vicious, a superhero story with a villain protagonist.

Schwab was born in California and raised in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Washington University in St. Louis. After working for a time as an editor, she published her first novel, The Near Witch, in 2011. Victoria Schwab became popular when she wrote The Near Witch. The standalone novel quickly became a fan favorite. The novel was praised for its unique plot and well-developed characters.

Since then, Schwab has published several more novels to critical and commercial success. In addition to her fantasy work, she has also written a young adult novel, This Savage Song.

Now the author lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

All in all, whether you are after something original to read or you feel in love with her style, here are some of the best V.E. Schwab books to try.

V.E. Schwab Books Ranked

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First Kill · Vampires Never Get Old (Untold Legends Book 1), by Zoraida Córdova, Natalie C. Parker, V. E. Schwab and others (2020)

Teenage vampire Juliette must secure her first kill to join a powerful vampire family and targets Calliope, the new girl in town. However, Juliette discovers that Calliope is a vampire hunter from a renowned slayer family. As both struggle to execute their lethal intentions, they unexpectedly find themselves attracted to each other. This short story, First Kill, is part of the anthology Vampires Never Get Old, which features eleven fresh vampire stories from leading young adult authors.

The anthology, celebrated for pushing boundaries and revamping old tropes, includes tales about vampires navigating social media, defying conventions, and experiencing their first kills. Authored by a mix of bestselling and acclaimed writers such as V.E. Schwab, Samira Ahmed, and Rebecca Roanhorse, this collection represents the evolution of the vampire narrative and is set to debut as a major Netflix adaptation in 2024 summer.

The Fragile Threads of Power (Threads of Power Book 1), by V.E. Schwab (2023)

The book is a sequel to the Shades of Magic series and honestly, it took a bit to get into. The book starts off slow, taking its time to catch us up on what's happened over the past seven years. It's kind of a mixed bag for me. The book jumps around in time a lot, which can get confusing, but it's cool to see how characters like Kell have changed.

What I really liked were the new characters. Tes stands out – she's unsure of herself, which is a nice change from the overconfident characters you usually see. There's also Kosika, the kid queen, who's super interesting, but her parts don't really tie into the main story much.

It's a decent read if you're into big, sprawling stories and don't mind keeping track of a bunch of different threads. It's more about the characters' journeys than non-stop action, so keep that in mind if you decide to give it a shot.

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue, by V.E. Schwab (2020)

The location? France? The year? 1714. A woman takes the deal of a lifetime – the kind of deal that will change her life forever. She accepts to live forever, but in exchange, she will be forgotten by anyone she runs into. In other words, she is cursed to be lonely and invisible forever. Initially, she thinks it could be a good deal, but things change with time.

This is how Addie LaRue's life changes to 180 degrees. She begins an outstanding adventure that gives her the power to live for hundreds of years. She explores continents, lives through great historical times and discovers art at its finest. She wants to change the world, but she knows that no one will ever remember her.

Eventually, she learns that she will have to make great sacrifices in order to leave a mark behind her. It is definitely an exciting story, but things take an unusual turn about 300 years into her life. She ends up going into a bookstore and meets a man. The young man seems to remember her name. Have they met before?

Gallant, by V.E. Schwab (2022)

I was utterly captivated by Gallant. It's darkly world of fantasy, transporting you to a place where fear and the past plays major role.

When Olivia Prior arrived her long forgotten family manor, she wasn't sure what exactly will happen. But she's quickly drawn into the mystery and intrigue of the building. She slowly need to discover the secrets of her family's past in order stay alive from ghouls which are pretty real.

With its gothic atmosphere and alluring characters, Gallant is a must-read for fans of dark fantasy and mystery. This is a standalone V. E. Schwab novel, so you can start reading whenever you have the mood.

Vengeful (Villains Book 2), by V.E. Schwab (2020)

This is a follow up to V.E. Schwab's Vicious. Ideally, you should read the previous book in the series, yet things will eventually make sense after a few chapters – in fact, it might be a bit more challenging to read it without knowing what happened in the past. Get ready for a set of vengeful actions, dark thoughts and incredible minds gathered together in one masterpiece

Everyone in the history has had an enemy. Superman had Lex Luthor, for instance. But Marcella Riggins does not need anyone to show her powers. She is in full control of her life and her powers allow her to go on with her dreams and plans for the future. The goal? Bring the city of Merit and everyone in it down with any price.

She will do anything she can to get the job done. She will step over dead bodies and even overcome Victor Vale and Eli. Things escalate pretty quickly. Marcella is more powerful than ever and her enemies gather up to fight her. The city of Merit is once again ready for destruction, but will she manage to go on with her plan?

A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab (2015)

Part of a longer series, A Darker Shade of Magic tells Kell's story. Kell is one of the last Antari alive. The Antari group brings together magicians who have the powers to travel between parallel Londons – each London has its own color. Kell grew up in Red London and is an ambassador facing all kinds of challenges.

But then, Kell is also a smuggler, helping people willing to pay money in order to see parts of a world they will never be able to live in. Trouble is inevitable and an apparently ordinary exchange goes the wrong way. Kell ends up escaping to Grey London and finds Delilah Bard. She robs him first, only to get back to him and save his life.

Eventually, Delilah forces Kell to take her to another world for the adventure of a lifetime. This is when the action truly begins. There are dangers and opportunities with every step they make. Eventually, they end up working together in the attempt to save all the worlds. But then, will they manage to stay alive for this great purpose?

Vicious (Villains Book 1), by V.E. Schwab (2018)

Eli and Victor have some history together. The two boys used to hang out as college roommates. They were smart, arrogant and ambitious – able to be best friends and look after each other when in need. Things change a little in the senior year. They end up researching adrenaline and exquisite experiences that could cause death.

The purpose of the thesis is to prove that someone might be able to come up with extraordinary capabilities if exposed to a near death experience. During the first stage, the study is academic. Later on, it moves to the experimental stage. This is when a bunch of near death adventures begin and things go wrong.

A decade later, Victors gets out of prison and aims to find his old friend – now his enemy. He is helped by a young girl with great abilities. But Eli is on a different mission – he wants to eliminate anyone with such super powers, also helped by an enigmatic woman. Eventually, the two come together and no one can predict the ending.

ExtraOrdinary, by V.E. Schwab (2021)

The book follows the a young girl's (Charlotte) story after a fatal bus crash. She is close to the other world but turns out she will become one of the EOs, who have ExtraOrdinary abilites.

Her special ability is that she sees the death of people. I liked the unique author idea of being granted extraordinary skill capabilities after an individual has survived a terrifying near death experience.

The book is a graphic novel itself with a plenty of action and adventure and also includes a short story called “Warm Up” written by the author.

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic Book 2), by V.E. Schwab (2019)

This is one of the best V.E. Schwab books and follows Kell's story – obviously, part of a longer series that brings in Kell's incredible adventures. Kell's past career did not end well. He used to be a smuggler between different realities, but he has given up this plan. Feeling restless, he is obsessed with guilt through his unusual dreams.

He can only think about Lila, but his dark dreams push him in a different direction. The Red London is now getting ready to participate in the Element Games – a world renowned competition bringing in the best magicians out there. With everyone getting ready for the competition, a pirate ship comes out of nowhere.

A parallel London is ready to get back to life. A parallel London that was long forgotten in dust is now getting ready for action. It was nothing but a shadow that disappeared long ago, but it is ready to make the difference now. Black London is back on track, meaning another parallel London must fall to keep the balance.

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic Book 3), by V.E. Schwab (2017)

A Conjuring of Light is one of the best V.E. Schwab books and belongs to a longer series telling the incredible stories associated with the parallel Londons. There are more Londons out there and only a few of them are able to travel from one to another – traveling requires a good deal of magic and plenty of attention.

Darkness has never been more intense. It aims to swallow everything and the parallel Londons seem to go down. It is the time for other kingdoms to rise in the darkness. It is time for new heroes to show their skills and take over from others. It is a mix of different creatures fighting for power and doing anything they can to gain power.

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity Book 2), by V.E. Schwab (2020)

The sequel to The Savage Song brings in an ending to Kate's story, as well as August's outcome after trying to become a human. He knows that he is a monster, but he wants to be part of the human breed. He knows that he will never get it.

He will choose to play the game and six months after the two brothers' adventure begins, they realize that their world is different from what they were taught. Monsters and humans have never been more fierceful and the war is ready to tear worlds apart.

Will the two brothers stick together or will they end up leading two different breeds to war?

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity Book 1) (2016)

August Flynn and Kate Harker live in a well divided city. Violence can strike out of nowhere and crime is the new normal. Monsters roam around the empty streets, ready to kill and hunt. Kate wants to be like her father though – let all the monsters go free and get the people to pay for protection. August, on the other hand, wants to be a normal person.

August is more concerned about protecting those facing abuse and crime – innocent side victims. However, he is a monster. He can steal souls and ruin lives, but he wants to go down a different road. Meanwhile, Kate has just been kicked out of another boarding school. She is back home and August finally gets the opportunity to keep an eye on her. However, Kate finds out more about his secret.

A failed assassination attempt and a few plot twists bring the two together, ready to run and fight in order to save their own lives. Get ready for a series of adventures bringing in unusual events and dark experiences – something that might remind you of Gotham and its darkness. Monsters are literally everywhere – even within humans.

Final Thoughts on our Favorite V.E. Schwab Books

There are many authors out there who write great stories, but only a handful can say that their books are different and unique. V.E. Schwab is one of those authors.

What makes her books different is the way she tells the story. It's not just about the plot or the characters, it's about how she weaves everything together. Every detail has a purpose and every scene feels like it's part of a larger puzzle.

It's this attention to detail and masterful storytelling that has made her one of the most popular authors in recent years. Her books are bestsellers for a reason: they're simply unlike anything else out there.

The author has come up with a few interesting series underlining the hidden aspects of magical worlds, as well as unique heroes that will make you fall in love with them or hate them.

Her fantasy books have gained a few international awards based on originality and diversity, so get ready to be a bit confused until you fully understand what is going on – totally part of the charm of a good fantasy book though.

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