Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab

A very happy new year to all of you reading this! I intend to start this year by reviewing all those library books I practically inhaled before I started my holidays in December. I am scheduling future posts for almost a week (if I keep up the tempo). For all practical purposes, I am counting these as having been read in the year 2020.

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This book has long been on my radar since I read and reviewed the shades of magic series:

22055262 A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)

I stumbled on it by chance when I was browsing the shelves at my local library, and I picked one up and ran home and read it. It is something unique even for the fantasy genre. We have a concept being explored. The concept of evil as an absolute. I know it may not be a very upbeat topic to begin the year with, but it is dealt with in an interesting fashion.

We begin plumb in the middle of a plot being hatched for a cold sort of revenge. We get alternating chapters into the past, to show us how we got there. We have the voices of three primary and one a slightly minor character (in some ways and not in others) give us updates as to the goings-on. Two friends studying odd subjects decide to try an experiment that leads them to lose their lives multiple times (figure that out if you can). This leads to a sequence of events which no one could have foretold. It is a cat and mouse game which doesn’t end with this book.

I am looking forward to the next, which I already have on my shelf.

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