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A Deadly Education

Narrated by: Anisha Dadia
Series: Scholomance, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Summary

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In the start of an all-new series, the best-selling author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver introduces you to a dangerous school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death - until one girl begins to rewrite its rules.

Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered.

There are no teachers, no holidays, friendships are purely strategic and the odds of survival are never equal.

Once you’re inside, there are only two ways out: you graduate or you die.

El Higgins is uniquely prepared for the school’s many dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out untold millions - never mind easily destroy the countless monsters that prowl the school. 

Except, she might accidentally kill all the other students, too. So El is trying her hardest not to use it...that is, unless she has no other choice. 

Wry, witty, endlessly inventive and mordantly funny - yet with a true depth and fierce justice at its heart - this enchanting novel reminds us that there are far more important things than mere survival.

©2020 Naomi Novik (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Unable to Finish

I’ve just started this book, I really enjoy the authors other books but really can’t listen to an angry , jeering , aggressive teen voice for a whole book/ yes I know what age group it’s aimed at. Will be returning in favour of the Kindle edition. I’m sure the story is great the telling of it no.

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Well imagined setting

I really enjoyed this book, inspite of the narrator. Not sure if it was an accent or just odd pronounciations but what ever it was, it got a bit annoying overall.. With a different narrator I’d have given this full marks. The setting is well imagined and the main character interesting and relatable, even to a mature adult. I am really looking forward to the next intallment.

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loved it

great story, refreshing take on the genre. really hoping it turns into more than a trilogy as I could read a lot of books set in this world.

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5 Deadly Stars!

This is one of my favourite books of the year, it's just incredible! The premise for this was absolutely excellent, a magic school where everything is constantly trying to eat you. It's like a malevolent Hogwarts and I love it. The world building was top notch, I really felt like I was there and a part of the school, it was so vivid. I loved El so much, she's just a fantastic character. This was such a wild ride and I can't wait for book 2!

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  • Semaphore
  • 26-10-20

Excellent

A Deadly Education is a tense, fiercely unique narrative with characters you care about rapidly in a very grim setting. I look forward to everything Naomi has in store in this universe for the audience. The narrator did a great job too, very emotive performance. If I were forced to give a critique it would be that I personally prefer more descriptions of the surroundings than was provided, but I'm fairly certain that was deliberate to make the reader feel more closed in as it is not a static trait in her other books.

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  • Ian
  • 08-10-20

One of my favorite authors, but...

Naomi Novik is a great author. Uprooted is one of my favorite all time books...but this was disappointing. It is an example of a great idea that probably should have stayed an idea. I was looking at some of the 5 Star reviews to try and find something good to say....but I don't think we read the same book.