A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

I’m happy to share about the release of a new book today! This has been advertised as a darker version of Harry Potter, and it lives up to it!

Thank you Del Rey Books for gifting me an ebook copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: 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. 

I loved the diversity portrayed in this book! This is more of a feministic approach on a magic school with a focus on inequality and injustice, which comes at just the right time for 2020. It’s definitely darker than Harry Potter, but not scary! If that’s not up your alley, then this may be a hard pass for you. It’s honestly a perfect read for October!

4/5 Stars

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