A Deadly Education

A Deadly Education

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"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 aboutwho 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"--
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Description: 320 pages ; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780593128480
Branch Call Number: Novi


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ReadingAdviser_leni Oct 27, 2020

An excellent, action packed story with a strong female lead. Lots of magic and monsters. There were a few issues of sensitivity, but Novik has owned up to these errors and is working with the publisher to correct them. I will definitely re-read the book after re-printing, and look forward to the sequel.

JCLTamiT Oct 10, 2020

A strong female lead fighting against her own evil nature inside a dark school of magic? I had to read it! The stream of consciousness style made it hard to put down. That was mostly a good thing, but at times, I felt like I needed to pause or take a breath while the book just compelled me forward. Also, there was some pretentious vocabulary sprinkled throughout that sometimes took me out of the story.

Those annoyances were outweighed by the world-building. And, despite this being the first in a series, it had a satisfying conclusion, and could stand alone. I look forward future books in the series, where the characters will hopefully be more fleshed out.

Oct 08, 2020

A cross between Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Descendants, but better and darker than all.

LPL_LaurenT Sep 02, 2020

This book is a wild ride. I was not prepared to love it as much as I did. The one downside is that there is a LOT of plot dump. You are dropped into the middle of this world and there is just a boat load of exposition, so if you don't love that, you are going to be bogged down in this book and might not make it past the first 50 pages. If you are in love with a heroine who's ready to fight the system while evading a bunch of murder monsters and doing a bunch of crazy spell work, this book is going to hit all of those spots. It's like Hunger Games + Harry Potter + Red Rising got put in a blender and then strained out all of the terrible things about those series and added some seriously scary monsters and overblown world building. It's creepy and messed up and totally enthralling.

Is it dense? Yes. Does it feel pretty YA? Yup. Will you have trouble putting it down? DEFINITELY!

Jul 23, 2020

El could easily destroy large chunks of the Scholomance and her fellow classmates. Destruction comes easy to her. But she doesn't want to, she is determined that no matter what her affinity is, she will do her best to not be evil. Even if most of her classmates already assume she is. She just wants to survive and graduate. Then golden boy Orion saves her life yet again, and her time at school takes an interesting new path.

This dark take on a magic school is well written, with engaging characters and a creative plot. Fantasy fans will recognize some familiar tropes, but they are given a fresh look. Plus it is full of snark and dry humor. In many ways A Deadly Education has the same energy as the Murderbot Diaries, and I think fans of the latter may find this new series interesting.
*Received an early ARC edition

Tigard_AnnmarieA Jun 23, 2020

"I decided that Orion needed to die after the second time he saved my life." Galadriel, or El for short, is one angry young heroine, and she has a lot to be angry about. She's a dark sorceress resisting her powers, and a student in the Scholomance. That's the school for teenage magicians where graduation means you are one of the very few survivors in a world where nasty maleficaria creatures are constantly attacking young magicians. Those dark powers would sure be handy. Snarky, hilarious, dark, and completely absorbing. A great start to a new series by the Nebula Award-winning Naomi Novik.

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