Review: Vengeful

Posted September 20, 2018

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Vengeful Vengeful Series: Villains #2
Published by Titan on 25th September 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Format: Hardback
Source: Publisher

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 newfound 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 once more.

With Marcella's rise, new enmities create opportunity-and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.

If you haven’t read V.E. Schwab’s Vicious yet, then you simply MUST. Not only is it an incredible work of fiction, but after a four and half year wait, it has a sequel, Vengeful.

When I ‘reviewed’ Vicious on Goodreads a few years ago, all I could manage were two words “bloody brilliant”. That statement holds as my ‘review’ of Vengeful too, except I’m going to expand it to four words this time… “even more bloody brilliant”.

A Wee Bit About Vengeful

Vengeful draws us back into the Villains’ universe some five years after the events of Vicious. It reacquaints us with our old favourites and introduces us to new, outstanding characters, all the while filling us in on the events of the past half decade.

One of those new characters is Marcella Riggins. When Marcella died, she vowed to ruin her husband, and as we learned from Vicious, those final dying thoughts are so important as to who, or what, you might become.

With Stell now Director of EON (ExtraOrdinary Observation and Neutralization), he has his own department with which to track down EOs and continue the path he started on 15 years ago with Eli and Victor. Only this time he has more resources, and more expertise.

As readers we get a front row seat into the action, the culmination of the past 15 years which slowly draws our characters onto a converging, and, needless to say dangerous, path.

My Thoughts

I flatly refuse to give any spoilers so that’s all of the information you’re getting from me about the plot itself. What I will say is that V.E. Schwab once again combines her incredible creativity, imagination and storytelling skills to create a novel whose plot will keep you entranced, unable to think about real life until you close the last page – even then, I must admit, I’m struggling with the real world. My brain is still thoroughly lost in the Villains’ universe!

Schwab has, over the years, become one of my all-time favourite authors. Not least because of her incredible stories, characters and worlds, but also because of her outstanding writing skills. At times I make myself stop reading just to appreciate her writing, her turn of phrase, metaphors, word choice, dialogue, and descriptions. I honestly sit and smile, in awe of this lady’s skills.

For me, she has an unrivalled ability to put me, the reader, there in the scene. I feel encapsulated in her world, dumbstruck as she paints her story around me.

Vengeful is an incredible sequel. With five years of events to catch up on, and new plot intricacies being weaved, Schwab also treats us to more of a back story. Vengeful has answers to questions that I didn’t even know I had, as well as plenty to keep you guessing and speculating within its pages.

I think I’ve rambled on for long enough now. You get the picture, right? “Even more bloody brilliant.