A review by allyexa
A Deadly Education, by Naomi Novik

adventurous challenging dark emotional funny inspiring reflective 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


Naomi Novik is one of my favorite authors for strong smart heroines and complex whimsical worlds. I loved the main character El from the start, and loved her even more at the end. What a journey, what a world! It’s like Tim Burton, Suzanne Collins, and JK Rowling had a child together, and that child  looked around at the world its parents had caused, and now had to cleverly find a way to survive and fix it all. 

My one gripe would be that it is such a complex world, it has to be almost continuously described, which cuts into the action. But at least the narrator’s voice is wise and witty. 

Looking forward to the next book.