Book 2 in the Villains duology
Published in 2018 by Titan Books
Genre: Adult Fiction, Fantasy Fiction
Page Count: 575
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities.
They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all.
Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit.
If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos rule?
I’m not sure what to do with myself now!
I say that, because for the past couple of days, I’ve felt consumed by the addictive that has been these books – I would look forward to picking up Vicious, and then Vengeful, and getting back on the roller coaster that was this duology. Especially Vengeful, which truly has been one of the best books I’ve ever read. The Villains duology is definitely one of my very most all time favourites!
Schwab orchestrated such an epic, page turning, ride in this novel – I had heard about a certain character named Marcella but I didn’t expect to love that ash inducing woman as much as I did! To say she was fierce and fabulous would be putting it mildly, she was honestly such a ruthless and fierce character, I found myself loving her lust for power and revenge! (In my opinion he deserved it!). It was utterly brilliant seeing her character develop through this story, as it was Sydney’s too. Aside from Victor, she’s always been my favourite character, I love how she’s accompanied by Dol everywhere, and I really felt for her throughout as I could feel how haunted she felt by what happened to her in the past!
Again, Schwab slays those time jumps; I never thought I would feel bad or sympathise for Eli, but when I read about his early years I was totally heartbroken by what he went through, yet terrified because I feel like we were given an insight into how ruthless he becomes and how indestructible he may think he is.
The pace of this book was glorious and utter perfection, edge of your seat action with no idea how to anticipate what would come next! I feel like I’m still reliving that ending in my mind, and just the lead up was so unnerving and exciting! I truly hope that the author revisits these amazing characters again! I would happily read all the books on them!