The following is an honest review of A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik and my suggested age rating.
Synopsis of A Deadly Education
The Scholomance is a school for people gifted in magic. Sounds great, right? There’s a catch: if you fail or slip up, you die. The Scholomance is designed to protect young people from the monsters of the outside world. They must stay alert and constantly learn how to defend themselves before graduation and they enter the real world. One day a girl named El starts discovering the dark secrets of the Scholomance. El has secrets too. She was gifted with a dark magic that could easily wipe out the world. So why doesn’t El defeat the monsters so everyone can live freely? Her magic can kill the monsters but it might also kill the students.
Review of A Deadly Education
I wanted to love this book so much. The concept, characters, and world were brilliantly thought up… but I felt like I was drowning reading this. While I enjoy descriptive writing, this was A LOT. There was many times I felt like I didn’t even know what was going on, what was currently happening vs the past, what was a metaphor and what was real. For these reasons I didn’t really enjoy the book. I’m a read one book at a time kinda person and this one was slowly putting me into a reading slump.
If you love descriptive and lyrical writing I’d say definitely check this one out but if you are anything like me maybe just skip over this one. That being said I will (eventually) read the sequel because A Deadly Education did end on a pretty big cliffhanger.
I rated A Deadly Education 3/5 stars on Goodreads.
Age Rating of A Deadly Education
I would give A Deadly Education an age rating of 14 and up due to violence, language, and darker elements/spirits.
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