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.
I have just finished book two of this series, which makes writing a review a bit difficult. I don’t want to spoil anything for any one who hasn’t had the stupendous rollercoaster of Naomi Novik’s wonderful series, but I do want to highly recommend it. So, this is how I’m going to approach this review.
Naomi Novik is a superb writer, she tends to be a lot darker than JK Rowling’s, her flights of fantasy always take unexpected twists, and she doesn’t rely on the usual tricks to engage the reader. Rather she starts with a premise and lets it grow, which is particularly noticeable in the book I have just finished.
If you like the fantasy genre you may be a little freaked out in how cavalier she is with her characters, how she doesn’t try to build empathy, how she has no qualms about opening the door and letting the horror in, but in all honesty, this is what makes her novels so engaging.
You are seriously flying by the seat of your pants from the opening line, and the rollercoaster doesn’t let passengers’ escape, and without giving any of the plot away, the transition between Book 1 – A Deadly Education and Book 2 – The Last Graduate, is seamless.
I know this is all a bit vague but I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy. It may not be traditional, it may make you squirm, but seriously you are missing something ultra-special is you by pass Naomi Novik’s Scholomance Series.