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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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Excellent story and narration

The story is a refreshing take on magical education, it has all of the factional intrigues between years, student types and 'house' affiliations, but is a lot less saccharine. The narration is excellent, (I have high-register hearing loss through poor career choices which makes me wary of some female narrators), but Anisha Dadia has such a good tonal range that she conjures a compelling protagonist whilst being perfectly audible. I loved the author/narrator combination of this audiobook and will buy the next instalments without hesitation!

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A difficult listen

A potentially great story with lots of good ideas but the stream of conscious type story telling along side the annoying narrator made it a difficult listen. I really didn’t enjoy it. Half developed characters and rushed. Such a shame.

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OK, but nowhere near as exciting as others

My least favourite Naomi Novik book unfortunately. The story felt quite dull in comparison to Spinning Silver and Uprooted which I loved.

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I didn't expect this from Naomi Novik

I didn't like this at all. It was not the performance as I've read in other reviews. It was the main character, who was utterly annoying, the school itself, that didn't make any sense and the lack of development in the secondary characters.

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Interesting story, not the perfect narrator

This is a very refreshing take on the School of Magic-trope! A perfectly wonderful unloveable heroine, and pupils from all around the world gathered in one (rather horrifying) school. Naomi Novik definitely knows how to tell a good story, and this book is no exception!
Unfortunately the reader was not the best. She isn’t BAD as such, but her British accent is not quite right (she sounded so very much like an American taking care to pronounce their Ts and Aah:s, but not thinking about the other sounds). The narrator is a good reader, though, and has a very pleasant voice.
Definitely recommended!

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Great story

Previously read this book and loved it, thought it would make a great addition to my audible library. I was really dubious of the narrator, especially from the sample, but you get used the voice. Would have loved a Welsh accent.

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  • 23-12-21

Amazing!

This was an amazing story with a very fitting naration. I could not recommend it more.

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Narrator doesn't do the story justice

I read this when it first came out and loved it immensely. Bought the audiobook because I wanted to re-read it on holiday before the 2nd one came out. I still love it, but am afraid Anisha Dadia isn't quite good enough to do Novik's brilliant story justice. Her wrong emphases can be a little grating and sometimes it feels as though she's not thinking about what she's saying. Would still recommend anyone who doesn't want to physically read it to try this audiobook, but if you have both options: please read it instead!

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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.

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  • Kris Hutchison
  • 01-11-21

fantastic book about a school for magic

This is a really good book. The main character is complicated and interesting. the world that she created is extremely thought out and well explained.
This would be a perfect book if it was not part of a trilogy that does not end

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  • Brian Aunsbjerg Hansen
  • 21-10-21

good harry potter substitute

great world building, our hero is very whiny, and does things in direct conflict with what would be in her own best interest. so yes a good potter substitute. ;)

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  • phillip inglis
  • 17-07-21

watch out Harry Potter

Excellent book, loved the main character, she has a lot of depth, great world building, plenty of action and just a bit of romance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-05-21

Something new

I loved the story. I love Naomi Novik's book and she didn't disappoint. The narrator was so easy to listen to. Definitely worth the credit

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  • Rachel Marr
  • 25-11-20

highly recommended

thoroughly enjoyed this book. can't wait for the next one. the narrator did a great job, she really enhanced the main character's narrative voice.