A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance, Book 1) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
New York Times Best Seller
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 Trilogy)
I 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, making 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.
“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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|Listening Length||10 hours and 59 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 29, 2020|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,835 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#26 in Contemporary Fantasy
#38 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#130 in Coming of Age Fantasy (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2021
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The characters are all great, the main cast is quite fleshed out for a first installment, and I’m looking forward to seeing them get their own little arcs in the future. And although most of the book was Galadriel’s inner monologue, it was all very entertaining: I could picture the school so vividly in my mind and the descriptions were very evocative.
I’m am desperately eager for the next book in the series, I don’t know how I’ll survive until then! This book was a bowl of fresh air in the fantasy genre, and I hope it will get as much (if not more) acclaim and success as other books in the genre.
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The Scholomance, inspired by a real Romanian legend, is not the cosy, nurturing, adventures before bedtime school from so many other novels. Chances are, you will not make it out alive.
The protagonist is half-Indian, half-English Galadriel or El, or is probably going to destroy the world one day. Maybe. If her grandmother's prophecy comes true anyway.
El's nemesis (in her own head anyway) is Orion Lake, a more traditional hero and Chosen One, and with these two Novik has fun taking apart the Chosen One trope.
Deadly Education is more of a series of episodes than one story. El gets up to various misadventures but it lacks a strong central plot.
It has lots of amusing snark from El, and her interactions with Orion are generally quite funny, however other characters are not fleshed out as much, which then leads the story to lack extra dimension or depth.
The worldbuilding itself is done in broad strokes, so we must rely on our impressions of other examples of the Magic School trope to fill in the blanks.
While I enjoyed El's voice, so many chapters were filled with lots and lots of exposition, and often none of it would become central to the story. This started to become a bit tiring.
Generally an enjoyable book but probably doesn't live up to its hype.
The school is Infested with Monsters Great and Small.
Watch TRAPDOOR old UK tv series to get general idea.
The Name Of The Wind university Alchemy and Artifice magical system work well with a strong emphasis on languages, old and new, for the infinite range of textbooks.
There is much trading between students with only limited resources.
The students from the elite enclaves lord it over the rest with superior equipment and much higher survival rates.
The poorer students compete to gain favour from the enclavers, and increase chances of survival.
BEST SCI FI/FANTASY BOOK OF 2020.
I love that the school was founded by industrial Mancunians for that ratchetty, clanking steampunk background.
Seriously, watch Trapdoor for sprinkles on top. You won't be disappointed.
I can't recommend highly enough.
This pre-ordered Kindle edition popped up this morning, and I have hardly stopped reading all day!
Naomi Novik is a fantastic writer, and one of the things she does amazingly well is tone; the Temeraire books caught the feel of Regency speech and thought; Uprooted and Spinning Silver each feel like fairy tales, and different kinds of fairy tales at that. This book (series? Oh, please, make it a series!) is funny, gritty urban fantasy, and it's wonderful. Here's the well-worn magic school trope, this time married (in timely fashion) to automated teaching. Role-reversals abound -- the main character is trying desperately NOT to turn into a villain, while the natural-born hero is also a bit of a prat.
Along the way there are trenchant observations on privilege and oppression (again, timely) in a cut-throat world.
And yet, it's so much fun! Also an amazingly convincing magic system (along with a good reason for the monsters not to attack mundanes). There's a really novel school structure (moving staircases are only the beginning). And the most terrifying graduation ritual of all.
The Scholomance is a school of magic, one with no teachers and you learn by surviving an environment where everything is out to get you. Very much survival of the fittest and smartest.
Our main character, El, narrates the story and her relationships with the other students. She is sassy and bad tempered and has a great deal of power she is trying to keep under control. We learn about her, the way the school works and her ongoing battles with just about everyone and everything. Did sound right up my street, but….
Far too much explanation broken up by little bits of action. A potential romance/relationship didn’t help either and it felt like a great idea without a proper direction. If you are going to do a very dark Harry Potter, Lev Grossman did it so much better.
Not an awful book but not one that is anywhere near as good as it should have been. I struggled with its targeted audience too, I ended up thinking it suitable for the older YA audience and, sadly, not me.
It's everything dark about Harry Potter and that was just what I was looking for. A bunch of kids are locked up in a school for their own protection while monsters squirm in through the cracks and try and eat them. The main character is destined to be an evil sorceress and trying very hard not to be one.
It is a little slow to start, focusing a lot on world and character building and less on an overarching plot, and I've a friend who gave up on it because it wasn't answering his questions (annoyingly enough they were answered like three pages later.) I personally like the build up but your milage may vary. And I found that, when things did start happening, the book got a lot faster paced and it was very satisfying.
If you're a fan of magical school stories and were looking for something a bit dark then this is definitely for you.