V.E. Schwab is the No.1 New York Times bestselling author of Vicious, The Near Witch and the Shades of Magic series, which was described as "a classic work of fantasy" by Deborah Harkness. It was one of Waterstones' Best Fantasy Books of 2015, The Guardian's Best Science Fiction novels, and a Telegraph choice. The Independent has called her "The natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones." She lives between Nashville, France and Edinbugh.