A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

A Deadly Education

Scholomance #1

Naomi Novik

fiction Fantasy
adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced

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Lesson One of the Scholomance

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.

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Death (4 reviewers), Gore (3 reviewers), Body horror (2 reviewers), Racism (2 reviewers), Violence (2 reviewers), Confinement (1 reviewer), Cursing (1 reviewer), and Blood (1 reviewer)


Bullying (2 reviewers), Animal cruelty (1 reviewer), Child death (1 reviewer), Death (1 reviewer), Gore (1 reviewer), and Vomit (1 reviewer)


Animal cruelty (1 reviewer), Animal death (1 reviewer), Child death (1 reviewer), Death (1 reviewer), Racism (1 reviewer), Suicidal thoughts (1 reviewer), Suicide (1 reviewer), Violence (1 reviewer), Vomit (1 reviewer), and Islamophobia (1 reviewer)


adventurous 86%
dark 80%
mysterious 49%
funny 47%
tense 35%
emotional 13%
lighthearted 7%
challenging 6%
hopeful 4%
inspiring 4%
reflective 4%
sad 2%


medium 52%
fast 35%
slow 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 10% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 67% | It's complicated: 23% | No: 8%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 10% | No: 2%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 94% | No: 3% | It's complicated: 2%

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