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A Deadly Education, by Naomi Novik

anna17december's review against another edition

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adventurous funny mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

yackie_jackie's review against another edition

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3.0

I’m not mad that I read it. It’s not particularly bad. But it’s also not particularly good. I don’t really care about the characters at all. And the book was basically one big exposition piece and not a lot of relationship and character development.

nico_asteri's review against another edition

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adventurous dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

I enjoyed it!! Curious to see where the next book goes!

moonstarpower's review against another edition

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

dreyhitz27's review

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adventurous dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes

4.25

yosiabiy's review

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25

This was a really solid fantasy book. I thought El was a fun and compelling main character, and though she had a tendency to be prickly and unlikeable by her peers, I found her very sympathetic. I really liked the magic system as well, the differences between mana and mal, the spell-casting, etc. Some of the writing was a bit confusing, I think in part because El is supposed to be half welsh and seems to narrate and speak in that dialect, but it wasn’t significantly distracting. The author wrapped it up really well in the end so I’m excited to read book 2!

aira_reads's review against another edition

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3.0

Review to come

505lys's review

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adventurous challenging mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

pavram's review

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3.0

(disklejmer: malo ću srati)

O Novikovoj sam čuo puno toga, ali nekako mi nikada nije palo na pamet da je zapravo i pročitam. I iskreno, nisam potpuno siguran zašto. Možda je to do činjenice da nemam tendenciju ka bajkovitim naslovima, a njena dva najhvaljenija su upravo to, možda pak nešto potpuno drugo. Ovu knjigu ipak odlučih da uzmem jer kako odoleti nostalgiji ičega haripoterastog, i kako odoleti ne pročitati knjigu oko koje svi oni najiritantniji aspekti američke i/ili amerikanizovane gudrids zajednice pizde i pene na usta JER KAKO SE AUTORKA DRZNULA DA URADI XYZ (neću da počinjem oko cele one danas tako popularne idiotarije da belci ne smeju da pišu o manjinama, da muškarci ne smeju da pišu o ženama, da glumci moraju da imaju hendikep da bi glumili hendikepirane likove itd itd itd ili and so on and so on, što bi rekao kokainski adikt Žižek, jer bože moj gluma je zapravo samo produžena realnost a pisanje ništa drugo do transkribovanje).

Prvo nešto oko tog momenta – videh ja tako da je ova knjiga KoNtRoVeRzNa i odmah sam znao da je u pitanju ona tipična kontroverznost nekontroverznih stvari koje čine najbolje što mogu da budu legitimno inkluzivne, a što, naravno, nikako i nikada ne može biti dovoljno. Moj savet je potpuno ignorisati takve komentare, kad sam se ja već zajebao, iako verujem da smo svi do sad naučili da treba izbegavati dobru većinu recenzija čija kompozicija je, redom, gifovi>slike>reči.

Sad i o knjizi: ne mogu reći da sam oduševljen. Šta više, razočaran sam. Ovo je prepuno ekspozicije, u toj meri da komotno mogu da kažem da je jedno 50% romana samo to, konstantno obasipanje informacijama o tome kako taj specifičan svet funkcioniše. I jeste specifičan, zanimljiv, jedinstven; ali nije zanimljivo čitati priručnik o tome zašto je takav. Stil Naomi Novik takođe nije ništa specijalno, no ipak spretno uspeva da okarakterizuje naratorku kroz pripovedanje u prvom licu (o da, ona ista zajednica se žali kako ne mogu da navijaju za nekog tako ne-nužno-pozitivnog lika; ljudi, zašto vi čitate knjige). Dinamika između protagonistkinje i jednog od centralnih likova je apsolutno očaravajuća doduše, i to je ono što mi je najviše leglo ovde. Sve ostalo, vrlo vrlo mlako.

Ali naravno, na kraju plot tvist za sve pare, čisto kako bih ipak uzeo drugi deo u ruke...

3-

jggalle's review against another edition

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dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75