A Deadly Education

Scholomance #1

Naomi Novik

fiction fantasy
adventurous dark mysterious medium-paced

320 pages | first published 2020

Lesson One of the Scholomance

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.

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adventurous 85%
dark 82%
mysterious 47%
funny 43%
tense 37%
emotional 11%
challenging 5%
hopeful 4%
lighthearted 4%
inspiring 2%
reflective 2%
sad 2%
informative 1%


medium 54%
fast 33%
slow 11%

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Diverse cast of characters?

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