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A Deadly Education

By Naomi Novik
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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver comes the first book of the Scholomance trilogy, the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic.

FINALIST FOR THE LODESTAR AWARD • “The dark school of magic I’ve been waiting for.”—Katherine Arden, author of the Winternight Trilogy

I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the second time he saved my life.

Everyone loves Orion Lake. Everyone else, that is. Far as I’m concerned, he can keep his flashy combat magic to himself. I’m not joining his pack of adoring fans.

I don’t need help surviving the Scholomance, even if they do. Forget the hordes of monsters and cursed artifacts, I’m probably the most dangerous thing in the place. Just give me a chance and I’ll level mountains and kill untold millions, make myself the dark queen of the world.

At least, that’s what the world expects. Most of the other students in here would be delighted if Orion killed me like one more evil thing that’s crawled out of the drains. Sometimes I think they want me to turn into the evil witch they assume I am. The school certainly does.

But the Scholomance isn’t getting what it wants from me. And neither is Orion Lake. I may not be anyone’s idea of the shining hero, but I’m going to make it out of this place alive, and I’m not going to slaughter thousands to do it, either.

Although I’m giving serious consideration to just one.

With flawless mastery, Naomi Novik creates a school bursting with magic like you’ve never seen before, and a heroine for the ages—a character so sharply realized and so richly nuanced that she will live on in hearts and minds for generations to come.

The magic of the Scholomance trilogy continues in The Last Graduate and The Golden Enclaves

“The can’t-miss fantasy of fall 2020, a brutal coming-of-power story steeped in the aesthetics of dark academia. . . . A Deadly Education will cement Naomi Novik’s place as one of the greatest and most versatile fantasy writers of our time.”BookPage (starred review)

“A must-read . . . Novik puts a refreshingly dark, adult spin on the magical boarding school. . . . Readers will delight in the push-and-pull of El and Orion’s relationship, the fantastically detailed world, the clever magic system, and the matter-of-fact diversity of the student body.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

604 Reviews

Thinking Face“Hard to get into at first with the information dumps in the FMC’s long monologues, but I did like her dark Wednesday Adams vibe and her growth throughout the book. I got used to the magic and monster terminology pretty quickly. The cliffhanger at the end is interesting, might pick up the second book.”
Reviewed in:The Sisterhood
Characters change and growMagical settingDark
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I love the characters and especially the main character El. I’m very intrigued by the ideas and magic system. Although it was definitely a struggle to get through the first half of the book with all the new information and long inner monologue from the main character. But I was definitely hooked by the end and I’ll be starting the next right away! I’m excited to see where this goes.”
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Slightly Smiling Face“The setting and magic system had me hooked and immersed immediately. The FMC has villainous vibes, but in a Wednesday Adams way, and I loved her vibe. It’s clear she will outgrow her defense mechanisms, and the path is laid for a touching found family trope. I was chuckling throughout! It read very YA, but it didn’t bother me. I want a screen adaptation! The audiobook was so good! Will definitely be continuing with the series.”
Reviewed in:The Sisterhood
Characters change and growFunny writingDark settingImmersive settingMagical settingComicalComing of age
Thinking Face“That was a workout! Took about 100 pages to get the hang of it but I walked away from this enjoying it. The writing style (main characters rambling) was hard to get through but the plot did eventually keep me interested. Though it definitely ends on a cliffhanger that leaving you demanding answers, I’m not sure my brain is ready for another aerobic exercise like this.”
Reviewed in:The Sisterhood
Multi-layered charactersOriginal writingUnpredictableMagical setting
Slightly Smiling Face“I don’t typically reread books, but I’m so glad I did! While I enjoyed the series the first time, this book was challenging for me to get into at first as there is a lot of information given via the main character’s inner monologue. I flew through it this time in anticipation of what was coming! For first time readers, I would urge you to push through the first 100 pages and not overly concerned with trying to understand it all as it all becomes more clear. On to Last Graduate!”
Reviewed in:The Sisterhood
Characters change and growDark settingMagical settingViolence

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