Wizard schools may seem like an old trope these days, but Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education puts a new twist on the education of the next generation of magic-wielders.
I enjoyed the pacing and characters in the first of the Scholomance series, and the exploration of class struggle amongst a group of kids who are just plain trying to get out alive. While some of the characters seemed underdeveloped, it just left me wanted to know more about them, as we are giving hints of their lives and personalities as they live and work alongside Galadriel (nicknamed El), the girl who stubbornly refuses to become the evil Maleficer that the world and prophecy thinks she is destined to become.
I am not usually a big fan of novels told in the first person, but quickly got past that to find out more about El, her accidental superhero boyfriend Orion Lake, the clever mechanics of the Scholomance and the rules of magic in Novik’s world.
Make sure you tuck in with A Deadly Education before the next book in the series, The Last Graduate, comes out at the end of June!