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A Deadly Education
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Darkling posted about this book on the book log thread as being comparable to Harry Potter, and of course I had to obtain it. Recommendation by a CBer + Harry Potterish! = must read list.

I haven't actually finished it yet, so no drastic spoilers please, but I'm on page 144, so I have a pretty good idea of how awesome it is. It's not, like, New Favorite Book Ever level, quite, but it is objectively extremely cool, and it's also objectively very well written,  and I have evidence in writing that at least one (or two? My capricious memory informs me Hex replied to Darkling) CBer has read it, so I need to post about it and my characteristically verbose thoughts on it.

So, for those who haven't read it (or at least the first 144 pages), A Deadly Education is one of those magical-school books that draws inevitable comparisons to Harry Potter; magical teenagers in a school in England fighting darkness. Naomi Novik, who wrote it, pulls it off pretty well, though. It starts when the main character is already halfway through her time at school, so it starts right off the bat with an olderish audience and a teenage protagonist. The school---the Scholomance---is also decidedly not a magical escapist fantasyland. Hogwarts is not always that, but it has human teachers and a pretty good guarantee of surviving until graduation and a great lack of wizard-eating monsters hiding in every available shadow. There's these monsters, maleficaria (which is an awesome name), that eat wizards, but mostly young ones, because they can't protect themselves as well. So the Scholomance, as a large warehouse of young wizards, is full of maleficaria. The magic system is complicated but makes a kind of sense. The protagonist, Galadriel/preferably El, is extremely good at killing people , which is basically the opposite of Harry, who is extremely good at stopping other people from killing people.

It's also written really well---sarcastic, and clever in a way that's hard to follow at times, and which reminds me of The Raven Cycle. It's all very British.

Anyway, this is a long and very rambly post, but in summary: this is a good book. Read it if you haven't (though they swear occasionally and it's often violent, so if you don't like that, steer clear). If you have, what do you think?

submitted by Artemis , age 14, the Scholomance
(May 21, 2023 - 8:07 pm)

Yesterday I looked up a preview of this book and fell in love with it! asdfghjkl aaaaah its so good! Probably my second favorite book! Im on chapter 9 now heh.

submitted by Scuttles, the Scholomance
(June 1, 2023 - 12:24 pm)

Yay glad you're enjoying it!

submitted by Artemis
(June 6, 2023 - 3:06 pm)
submitted by top
(June 1, 2023 - 8:00 pm)

this sounds really good :0 i'll definitely add it to my want-to-read list!

submitted by fallen leaf, bookstore in the sky
(June 3, 2023 - 3:50 pm)


I don't know why it makes me so happy that you read something I recommended but yayyy *jumps up and down* 

I really loved the first book and the sheer extensive lore that went into it; the entire school and world was so well-crafted and thought out. Normally pages upon pages of paragraphs bore me but not the ones in this book.

There are also two sequels, and although I'd have to imagine they're pretty good as well, I don't plan on reading them. I had been really really hoping that El would be aroace because it fit so perfectly... and then my sister (who read the second book) informed me that she really wasn't. So I sorta lost motivation cause I didn't care about the growing romance aspect. :/

But uh yeah! Great (first) book! Glad you read it!

submitted by Darkling
(June 4, 2023 - 10:40 pm)

Yes. Most def. So much lore. I want to compare it to Tolkien and his historical asides.

Valid. I like [good] romance, and I'm gonna read the sequels & develop my opinion of this one, but I can definitely see El being aroace. That might've been more realistic. Idk. But yeah! Me too!

submitted by Artemis , figuratively NYC
(June 6, 2023 - 3:22 pm)