Victoria “V.E.” Schwab
#1 New York Times Best-Selling Author

Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the Shades of Magic series, Vicious, Vengeful, This Savage Song, Our Dark Duet, The Near Witch, The Archived, City of Ghosts, The Steel Prince, and Tunnel of Bones. She has been called the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and her 2018 title, Vengeful, was the Goodreads Choice Awards winner for Best 2018 Science Fiction novel. Her upcoming novel, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue will be released next year.

The product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing, Victoria’s critically acclaimed work has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and the Washington Post, translated into more than 20 languages, and optioned for both television and film.

At the age of 11, Victoria, a self-professed “non-reader,” received a book that would shape her future career: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. There she learned the power of words on the page, the potential for disappearing into a story. Years later, Victoria would be introduced to another influential force: Neil Gaiman. These two writers became the pillars on which her own career was built. As Victoria often says, JK Rowling turned her into a reader, but Neil Gaiman made her a writer.

Signing her first book deal while still in college, Victoria has since gone on to write more than fifteen books and comics for adults, young adults and middle graders. She received her graduate degree at the University of Edinburgh, earning a Master of Science in Medieval Art History, with a specialty in monsters.

Schwab currently resides in Edinburgh, where she is usually tucked in a coffee shop dreaming up monsters.

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The Fragile Threads of Power Threads of Power (Volume 1)
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V. E. Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, opens another door to a new fantasy series set in the dazzling world of Shades of Magic.

Prepare for tangled schemes and perilous adventures with friends old and new in The Fragile Threads of Power.

Once, there were four worlds, nestled like pages in a book, each pulsing with fantastical power and connected by a single city: London. Until the magic grew too fast and forced the worlds to seal the doors between them in a desperate gamble to protect their own. The few magicians who could still open the doors grew more rare as time passed and now, only three Antari are known in recent memory—Kell Maresh of Red London, Delilah Bard of Grey London, and Holland Vosijk, of White London.

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A Conjuring of Light Shades of Magic (Volume 3)
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The thrilling conclusion to #1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab's beloved world of parallel Londons—now at the brink of collapse. Loyalties will be tested, and sacrifices will be made...

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A Gathering of Shadows Shades of Magic (Volume 2)
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The second adventure in #1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab's beloved Shades of Magic trilogy—a dazzling world of parallel Londons where the balance of power is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another must die...

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A Darker Shade of Magic Shades of Magic (Volume 1)
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Enter #1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s beloved Shades of Magic trilogy—a dazzling world of parallel Londons where magic thrives, starves, or lies forgotten, and where power can destroy just as quickly as it can create.

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Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

VengefulVillains (Volume 2)
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A super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions—#1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious.

ViciousVillains (Volume 1)
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A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, and superpowers.

A Conjuring of LightShades of Magic (Volume 3)
Tor Books

Witness the fate of beloved heroes and notorious foes in the heart-stopping conclusion to V.E. Schwab’s New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy.

A Gathering of ShadowsShades of Magic (Volume 2)
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"Addictive and immersive, A Gathering of Shadows cements this series as a must-read." —Entertainment Weekly, grade A

A Darker Shade of MagicShades of Magic (Volume 1)
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Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

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Victoria "V.E." Schwab In conversation with Eleanor Pender …

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The Fragile Threads of Power by V. E. Schwab is a finalist in the Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction category for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

The Fragile Threads of Power featured in the Fantasy Category of Audible’s The Best of 2023 list.

V.E. Schwab named as one of the “10 Contemporary Female Fantasy to Read for Women’s History Month.”

Watch her presentation at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

A Darker Shade of Magic named of the Best Fantasy Novels of the 2010s by Paste.

The Steel Prince named a finalist for the Goodreads Awards 2019.

Check out her interview at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival.

A rundown of upcoming adaptations based on Victoria’s many releases.

Victoria on NPR in praise of strange books.

Tor Books $1 million deal with Victoria.

Check out her talk and Q&A at Waterstones.

BookRiot interviewed Victoria on creativity and transparency.

The Guardian talked with Victoria about her international success and being censored in Russia.

Check out her interview with Geekritique.

Follow Victoria on Twitter and Instagram, like her page on Facebook, and check out her personal website.

"We were so pleased to host V.E. Schwab for our Readings & Conversations series. She delighted our nearly sold-out crowd by discussing her work and the painstaking craft of writing. Both hilarious and honest in her presentation, she was also, personally, a joy to work with."
– Credit to The Cabin, Readings & Conversations

"Victoria was an enchanting speaker who engaged our audience composed of academics, students, members of the public, and her own fan-base, some of whom travelled a long way to hear her speak in Oxford. Indeed, the level of interest in the event was so high we sold out within a few days and used an audio-only overflow room for the first time in our event’s history."
– Gabriel Schenk and Lindsey Cohick, Tolkien Lecture Committee, Pembroke College, Oxford University

"Victoria Schwab was delightful to work with in every way. As the featured speaker for our panel of diversity in fantasy and science fiction, she brought a wealth of insights that my students often brought into our subsequent class discussions. She was also fun, accommodating, and friendly, we'd have her back any time!"
- Lori Campbell-Tanner, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

"When V.E. Schwab came to speak at our bookstore she went above and beyond in her role as a moderator. She pumped up the crowd and got them excited to be there. At the same time, she was fabulous, personable and fun conversationalist with our guest. We were lucky to have her and I highly recommend her as a participant and leader of a panel."
- Nick Trotta, Greenlight Bookstore