Book Review: A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik (Fantasy)
Title: A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) Author: Naomi Novik Publisher:Del Rey Books Publication Date: 29 September 2020 Pages: 336 Format: eBook - PDF Genre: Fantasy Source: ARC via NetGalley
Learning has never been this deadly
A Deadly Education
is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure
means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock
its many secrets. 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 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.
A Deadly Education captured my imagination right from the start. I loved the premise of a more deadly kind of magical school, and El came across well as a character. I felt an instant affinity for her and became caught up in her story, wondering how things would turn out. The pacing of the book was nicely handled, with plenty of action and adventure propelling the story forward, alongside good development of the principal characters. The world building was beautifully realised without unnecessary info dumping, and I appreciated the subtle twist at the end that left me keen to know what would happen next. Fans of Novik's writing will definitely love this new work, and anyone who enjoys magical adventures in a school setting, with a dark twist, should also check it out. A solid 4.5 stars from me.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.