A Deadly Education
Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
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 TrilogyI 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)
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"Ummm okay. This book was little hard to get into to be honest. This was my 2nd dark academia book and I don't think that type is for me. The build up was slow, the main character was basically negative all the time. But I did understand why she was like that, it had some funny parts. The plot didn't pick up until at least the half way point. I actually liked the way it ended, it makes me excited to read the second book(in which I'm going to). Hopefully it'll be better and not slow!"
"Obsessed with this world! Excellent writing and atmosphere. So many questions now! "
"I'd give this a 3.5 🌟 This was a very different world built on a magic system. Basically, the world is overrun by monsters. You toss your probably about 15 year old kid into a school that is only kinda protected from the monsters as they frequently break through the wards no one has wanted to fix in over 100 years. No adults inside of the school and some void there that is never fully explained! And if you actually make it out alive, you're extremely lucky, 😆 It is creative and new. It gets confusing here and there, but overall, it's good. The need to separate paragraphs was a struggle for me. The book version I got it all seemed to rin together for the most part, so i would catch myself going back to re-read parts. I felt like I missed something on. The author left big mysteries on what some of these characters seem to be."
"A very fun, if that's the right word, premise and story. You don't realize you are being wrapped up in murderous high school as you read through the story realizing that you had a lot of the same feelings when you were in school. The characters are real and authentic along with the relationships that are built. Worth the read. 8/10."