Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Mackenzie Bishop's grandfather first brought her here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now her grandfather is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Follow Mackenzie as she explores the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking, through these two timeless novels, now bound together in this thrilling collection. With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Dark Vault delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.
About the Author
Victoria "V.E." Schwab (www.veschwab.com) is the #1 New York Times, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and the Monsters of Verity series. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times, translated into more than a dozen languages, and optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the "natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones" and touts her "enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones."
"A page-turning plot, a setting that haunted my dreams, and breathtaking prose. Truly a masterful, dark, beautiful novel."â€”Ruta Sepetys, New York Times best-selling author of Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea
"[Schwab] writes of death, sorrow, and family love with a light, intelligent touch and inventive vigor, and provides romance with a pleasing edge of unpredictability."â€”The Horn Book
"As gorgeously written as it is brilliantly inventive, The Archived is that rare book that grabs you by the mind and the heart, not letting go of either once you've turned the last page. It's earned a permanent spot on my Keeper shelf."â€”Rachel Hawkins, New York Times best-selling author of the Hex Hall series