A Deadly Education (The Scholomance #1) By Naomi Novik [Review]

A Deadly Education (The Scholomance, #1)RELEASE DATE: September 29th 2020
Naomi Novik
Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Horror.
Del Rey Books

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. Sold yet?



MY REV (Copy)

I loved Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver and I’ve been looking forward to read her new release. I’m sorry to say that reading this book was a struggle. First of all, the writing style of the author didn’t work out for me and secondly, the plot was too slow for my taste. It has a diverse cast and enjoyable characters but it’s not enough for me to fully enjoy it.

Galadriel aka El was a complex heroine. She’s a bit short tempered and always have a hard time making friends. After joining the Scholomance, her only focus was on surviving and not making friends. I found her character interesting even though she was a bit unlikable. Her prickly attitude might make you hate her at the beginning. I enjoyed every interaction and banters between her and Orion Lake. He’s the school hero who’s only goal is to save his fellow students from getting killed by the mal. He’s pretty sweet, and hilarious. I really loved his character. I enjoyed the slow building friendship between Orion and El but didn’t like the way the romance was executed. It  kinda felt rushed.

I loved the whole concept of the magic school but I didn’t love the slow execution. The pacing was too slow for my taste. I didn’t feel the tension even when people were getting killed by the mal. In scholomance getting whisked away by the dangerous entity named mal was pretty much normal. In order to graduate you must make it out alive by yourself. There’ll be no teachers or professors to monitor the school. My major issue with this book was the writing style. There’s lots of info dumping. The whole thing felt like reading a text book. There’s large paragraphs of El describing the school, the magic, and her past. Most of the book was written in El’s internal monologue. There’s lots of telling and less showing. They made it hard for me to enjoy the story. The world of Scholomance and the unique magic was imaginative and creative but I wish the author didn’t info dumped it with large descriptions.

Overall, I didn’t love this book but I’m still looking forward to the sequel. I don’t have any high expectations, but I hope it works out for me.

Recommend it?

It’s a either a hit or miss books! I’ve seen so many people loving it, so definitely give it a shot if you want to read it.


[3/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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4 thoughts on “A Deadly Education (The Scholomance #1) By Naomi Novik [Review]

  1. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books February 28, 2021 / 9:16 pm

    I DNF-ed this last year. I loved the overall concept due to which I picked up the book but couldn’t get past the initial chapters. And after reading a few reviews on Goodreads, I realised this book had a lot of problematic aspects due to which I didn’t bother picking it up. Nonetheless, great review Raven!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions March 2, 2021 / 12:29 am

      I don’t blame you! This book was a torture! 80% of the book was an info dump, and there’s not much dialogues which really killed me.
      Thank you, Poulami! ❤️

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  2. Jen February 28, 2021 / 10:31 pm

    I don’t deal well with info dumping either, and sometimes I’m okay with a slow story but only if I’m warned and want to read that kind of a book. I’m sorry this one wasn’t as amazing as her previous books but here’s hoping the next book you pick up will be amazing!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions March 2, 2021 / 12:33 am

      This would’ve been great if it was written in multiple pov’s. Most of the book was written in MC’s large pages of inner monologue. There’s not enough dialogues and action.
      I hope so too!

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