A Deadly Education summary

A Deadly Education summary

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (Author)

If we talk sending kids to magic school where the mortality rate is unseemingly high, then almost everybody will think Hogwarts. In this new novel by Naomi Novik, the notion of students being harmed on a regular basis by a plethora of terrible things is taken to a new level at Scholomance. Only one on four students enrolled in the school comes out of the graduation alive.

It’s hard going to school, but it’s also hard not going to be trained into a competent magic-user. Being a novice magician in the wild may bring about even more disastrous encounters! El – our heroine – is exerting herself out to do what her peers are also doing: making alliances, staying alive, storing up magic. Also, the struggle to maintain friendships and the sprouts of young love.

Right from the opening sentence, the gobsmacking of the story has already emerged. Every day waking up, she does not know which will attempt to end her life today: breakfast or the monsters that are lurking everywhere. As dangerous as it sounds, you’ll want to stick to Scholomance as long as possible for the witty and humorous storytelling of the author, as well as the wonderful, lively cast of characters.

All of sudden, Orion – the school top monster hunter and hero – is convinced that El is a dark magic-user. Being shed in a negative light by the school’s heartthrob is no easy feat. Especially when El is not convinced of the way Orion executes his magic so flashily. This awkward turn of events forces El to rewrite the rules of the magic world. Although you’ll be faced with over-the-top danger and eccentric teenagers, the romance and adventuring parts are all so relatable. 

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Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of the Temeraire series and the award-winning novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver. She is a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own. She lives in New York City with her family and six computers


“The Scholomance is the dark school of magic I’ve been waiting for, and its wise, witty, and monstrous heroine is one I’d happily follow anywhere—even into a school full of monsters.”—Katherine Arden, New York Times bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale

“At the Scholomance, monsters are everywhere and the breakfast might kill you, but the wonderful cast of characters will grab ahold of your heart and you’ll never want to leave this deadly school. Naomi Novik skillfully combines sharp humor with layers of imagination to build a fantasy that delights on every level. I loved this brilliant book.”—Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series

“Eyeball-meltingly brilliant . . . Novik is, quite simply, a genius.”—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken

“Hilarious and wild! Take any fictional magic school, make it as over-the-top dangerous as possible, and populate it with a bunch of snarky teenagers; the result is pure batshit fun.”—N. K. Jemisin, New York Times bestselling author of The City We Became

“Sharp, witty, and darkly effervescent, A Deadly Education is Naomi Novik’s fresh take on the concept of the magic school. It’s one of my favorite reads of the year.”—Rory Power, New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls 

A Deadly Education is a nightmare from which I never wished to wake: savage, inventive, and soulful. Novik grasps the totems of childhood that linger in your mind—schools of magic, curses, cutthroat classmates, monsters—only to twist them into a grand new tale that’ll make you believe in magic again.”—Pierce Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Age

A Deadly Education is a book that lives up to its gobsmacker of an opening sentence and follows right through to its shocker of an ending that promises more to come. Naomi Novik is relentlessly innovative and entertaining.”—Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Druid

“Friendship in spite of itself; danger that doesn’t quit—what a wildly magical ride!”—Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling author of Tempests and Slaughter --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.