The Golden Enclaves
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Saving the world is a test no school of magic can prepare you for in the triumphant conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate.
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Paste, Publishers Weekly
The one thing you never talk about while you’re in the Scholomance is what you’ll do when you get out. Not even the richest enclaver would tempt fate that way. But it’s all we dream about: the hideously slim chance we’ll survive to make it out the gates and improbably find ourselves with a life ahead of us, a life outside the Scholomance halls.
And now the impossible dream has come true. I’m out, we’re all out—and I didn’t even have to turn into a monstrous dark witch to make it happen. So much for my great-grandmother’s prophecy of doom and destruction. I didn’t kill enclavers, I saved them. Me and Orion and our allies. Our graduation plan worked to perfection: We saved everyone and made the world safe for all wizards and brought peace and harmony to all the enclaves everywhere.
Ha, only joking! Actually, it’s gone all wrong. Someone else has picked up the project of destroying enclaves in my stead, and probably everyone we saved is about to get killed in the brewing enclave war. And the first thing I’ve got to do now, having miraculously gotten out of the Scholomance, is turn straight around and find a way back in.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The action-packed conclusion to Naomi Novik’s Scholomance trilogy is everything we’d hoped for and more. Determined to change the horrifying fate that’s been prophesied for her, outcast teen sorceress El and her former classmates embark on a harrowing winner-takes-all journey. As her young heroes explore the magical world, confront terrifying obstacles, and navigate touchy interpersonal relationships, Novik gives us a thrilling fantasy that poetically explores themes of love, loss, duty, family, and destiny. We loved how Novik develops all of the magical communities that her valiant band of graduates encounter. We wholeheartedly recommend starting with the first book in the trilogy, A Deadly Education, to get the most out of this exhilarating read.
Novik dazzles in her brilliant and compulsively readable final Scholomance fantasy, which picks up immediately after the events of The Last Graduate. Galadriel "El" Higgins has successfully trapped 92% of all wizard-hunting monsters, or mals, in the magical boarding school Scholomance, now her alma mater, and led her fellow students to safety—all except for her enemy turned true love, Orion Lake. El's desperate attempts to save Orion from a fate worse than death in the belly of the same "maw-mouth" monster that ate her father can't succeed unless she gets power from the enclaves, groups of privileged wizards living in protective pocket universes. However, several enclaves have mysteriously vanished into the void, the powerful London enclave is under attack, and the New York and Shanghai enclaves are on the brink of war. To save Orion, El and her classmates must first save the world they have struggled so hard to rejoin and a future threatened by dangers built into the foundations of the enclaves themselves. This exquisitely well-crafted work engages deeply with genre classics like the Lord of the Rings and The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas while offering up its own detailed and original world full of clever parallels and a fascinating magical catch-22. Novik beautifully closes out El's and Orion's character arcs, paying off on groundwork laid in previous installments, and her focus on hope, resilience, and collective action makes this finale as moving as it is satisfying. This is a knockout.
Made me cry and laugh and feel every emotion in between. A good ending to this series, with lots of questions answered and loose ends tied up. I will miss El and the gang.
The absolute best read❣️
Where is Chloe?
I loved everything about this book and devoured it in just a few days. Naomi Novik has vast imagination and does an amazing job of almost over-explaining everything. My only question is what happened to Chloe? She was such a big part of the previous book and then only appeared in one chapter of this book, even when El’s friends were coming to help her.