Everything You Need to Know Before Reading V.E. Schwab’s Vengeful

It’s been five years since V.E. Schwab’s Vicious gave us the story of Victor Vale and Eli Ever, friends-turned-enemies after a complicated series of events granted them both super powers. Their private war takes on mythic proportions, dragging other people along in its wake. But when the curtain falls, it’s clear that it’s not the end of the story.

The long-awaited sequel, Vengeful, arrives next week, leaving precious little time for a reread. Not to worry—here’s a handy refresher of what’s come before…

Split between “past” and “present” chapters, the events of Vicious are best explained in chronological order:

In the Past—Ten Years Previous

Victor Vale attends college at Lockland University, where he meets Eli Cardale in his sophomore year as a new roommate, after driving his previous roommate out. He believes he can sense something different about Eli, something hidden behind his good boy image. Eli comes ...