In a desperate attempt to finally catch up with some of the subscription box books I got, I recently finished A Deadly Education. Based on the premise of the book, I was sure I’d love it. So, let’s see whether my hopes were fulfilled!
The Plot (as found on Goodreads):
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.
It took me a hot minute to get fully into this book. I don’t know why. But all accounts, I should have loved it from page one. Nevertheless, I was fascinated by the premise and ended up reading up on the Scholomance a fair bit. 10/10 would recommend doing that if you enjoyed the book!
I’m not sure if it was the worldbuilding that startled me or if it simply was the protagonist. El is a tad annoying and, to be honest, acted quite bitchy a number of times. I got quite annoyed with her at the beginning but she did grow on me. So, after a rocky start, I soon got sucked into this dark and scary world full of monsters and magic.
Once those initial difficulties were overcome, I was here for it 100%. The world-building is amazing and I am so intrigued by the system of magic. I’ve read my fair share of books featuring magic, and I can’t help but marvel at how unique the approaches to magic are oftentimes. I just love that there will be a sequel just so I can learn more about how magic works here.
Also, the book ended with a pretty significant cliffhanger. I need to know what all that is about, so I hope Naomi Novik is a fast typer and the sequel will be out soon. In A Deadly Education not a lot happens, while at the same time a lot of shit goes down. I feel like I’m unable to capture the specific essence of this book, it just has such a different vibe from everything else I’ve read recently.
You can tell by now that I’m rather smitten with A Deadly Education. It’s one of those books that are not everybody’s cup of tea and I can see many people getting annoyed with the pacing. Nevertheless, I hit all the right spots for me, and I can’t get my hands on the sequel fast enough.
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!