by Schwab, V. E.

After her brush with death, Marcella Riggins targets the city of Merit using her new-found power while manipulating Victor Vale and Eli Ever into a battle against one another.

VICTORIA "V.E." SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, This Savage Song, Our Dark Duet and Vicious. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post and more, translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she's not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she splits her time between Nashville, TN and Edinburgh, Scotland and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

Victor Vale has died twice—and it's not getting any easier. Five years ago, after the bloody battle that ended with Victor dead and his former friend Eli imprisoned, Sydney Clarke used her power to bring Victor back. But for ExtraOrdinary people like Victor, Sydney's resurrection power comes at a price. Now Victor is racing against time to figure out how to repair the damage death has done to him—and struggling to hold his weird little makeshift family—made up of an ex-con, a former soldier, and a girl who can raise the dead—together even though he's falling apart. Meanwhile, a new EO is rising in the town of Merit. Marcella Riggins isn't the type to take murder lying down, and she's come back from death with only one thought in her mind: ruin. She'll start with her husband, who killed her when she confronted him over his infidelity, but she won't stop there. Five years may have passed since the events of Vicious (2013), the first book in Schwab's (A C onjuring of Light, 2017, etc.) Villains series, but her superpowered characters haven't exactly used that time to relax. The tension in this sequel starts high and keeps ratcheting higher, as Victor's grip on his power starts slipping and the body count starts rising. Victor and his friends and enemies are a fascinating group of complicated characters, and the utterly ruthless Marcella is a great addition to the mix. Readers won't be able to put down this dark and riveting tale of power and revenge. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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