From the New York Times bestselling author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver comes the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic.
“The dark school of magic I’ve been waiting for.” Katherine Arden, author of 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, make myself the dark queen of the world.
At least, that’s what the world expects me to do. 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 itself 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 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You think your high-school days were rough? At the Scholomance academy of magic, either you graduate or you die. The first book in Naomi Novik’s fantasy trilogy stars El, a tough, standoffish teen girl who also happens to be a sorceress with staggering, partially undiscovered superpowers. Narrator Anisha Dadia nails El’s biting, sarcastic sense of humor, especially when she directs her sarcasm at Orion Lake, a fellow student who often saves her from the monsters that make the school a death trap. Like Novik’s entertaining previous novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver, A Deadly Education features a kick-ass heroine who struts her stuff in the face of many supernatural dangers and refuses to be a damsel in distress. But her emotional journey is just as compelling, and Dadia perfectly captures the tone as El’s feelings toward Orion evolve from pure scorn to something softer. Can she survive this lethal school? As El gets to know the full extent of her abilities, a better question might be whether the school can survive her.
I’m not sure I would have enjoyed this book half so much if it weren’t for this amazing narrator. She had every snark on line and every nuance at perfect pitch. If you’re on the fence about purchasing this audiobook, don’t be. This narrator will bring it to life for you and make you enjoy this story to its fullest.