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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance) (edition 2021)
by Naomi Novik (Author)
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
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Took a little to get into, but enjoyable in the end. Review to follow ...
Galadriel is nearing the end of her junior year at the Scholomance when Orion Lake saves her life *again.* Thus starts an adventure in the bowels of a deadly magic school, that is a riveting delight to read. Loved it!!
Was a little sceptical at first, anything school of magic immediately fills me with the dread of tasteless Harry Potter rip-off. But I must admit I really enjoyed this novel. Interesting and original concepts but taking obvious inspiration and somewhat nostalgic familiarity from the aforementioned Harry Potter series. I look forward to continuing the series, a very easy read.
Enjoyable, sets stakes that are a little more terminal than most 'wizard school' series.
The magic and mystery of this chillingly lovely novel will appeal to both YA and adult fans of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. . . . An unresolved ending leaves readers eager for the next installment.
I loved this book. It’s such a nail-biter, it’s funny, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s such a good read.
"In the start of an all-new series, the bestselling author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver introduces you to a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death--until one girl begins to unlock its many secrets. Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered: There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won't allow its students to leave until they graduate . . . or die. The rules are deceptively simple: Don't walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school's dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out untold millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students. So El is trying her hardest not to use her power . . . at least not until she has no other option. Meanwhile, her fellow student, the insufferable Orion Lake, is making heroism look like a breeze. He's saved hundreds of lives--including El's--with his flashy combat magic. But in the spring of their junior year, after Orion rescues El for the second time and makes her look like more of an outcast than she already is, she reaches an impulsive conclusion: Orion Lake must die. But El is about to learn some lessons she never could in the classroom: About the school. About Orion Lake. And about who she really is. Wry, witty, endlessly inventive, and mordantly funny--yet with a true depth at its heart--this enchanting novel reminds us that there are far more important things than mere survival"--
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
If you’re looking for a darker Hogwarts you’re getting a bit warm, and that’s about where any comparison to any magical or fantasy school you’ve ever known ends. The Scholomance is nothing like anything you’ve ever encountered before. In some ways it makes me think of what would have happened if Dr Frankenstein had decided to build a school instead of a creature. It’s not made of body parts, don’t worry, but there’s a definite mad scientist vibe going.
El, the protagonist, is everything I’ve ever wanted in a character. If you’ve ever sat alone at breaktime, had someone look at you as though you were nothing or had someone make the sign of the cross at you because you’re just that evil (yes, someone actually did this to me), then you will relate to El. You will applaud her no-nonsense, take no prisoners approach to her classmates and you won’t be put off by her rudeness. I was El, and I’m glad to see someone finally writing a character like her so that the next generation of young women can have someone go through everything she (and they/us) went through and know it’s ok to be a bitch. It’s ok to say enough is enough, to not put up with the smiling fake faces when people want something from you because someone always does. It’s ok to put yourself first, to concentrate on surviving.
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