Victoria “V.E.” Schwab
#1 New York Times Bestselling 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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VengefulVillains (Volume 2)
Tor Books

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.

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ViciousVillains (Volume 1)
Tor Books

A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, and superpowers.

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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.

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A Gathering of ShadowsShades of Magic (Volume 2)
Tor Books

"Addictive and immersive, A Gathering of Shadows cements this series as a must-read." —Entertainment Weekly, grade A

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A Darker Shade of MagicShades of Magic (Volume 1)
Tor Books

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.

The Slow Pursuit of Overnight Success
In Search of Doors – Access, Gatekeeping, and the Next Generation of Readership
The Roles of Magic and Power in Fantastical Works

V. E. Schwab

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

Posted by Cymera Festival on Sunday, June 9, 2019




BookRiot interviewed Victoria on creativity and transparency.

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

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"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