A Review of: A Deadly Education, by Naomi Novik

A Review of: A Deadly Education, by Naomi Novik

A Deadly Education was a fast paced book about young Magically inclined students, working thru their lessons, hoping to survive ‘graduation’; an event known to ‘eat’ as many of its participants as it can. Getting out alive does not have good odds….This is not your typical HP type story, if you are expecting that. It’s dark, brutal, and full of maleficent creatures trying to eat your soul. The Action is nonstop. 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

It centers around our main character, El, basically an ‘orphan’, who doesn’t have the benefit of a bonded group of other kids to watch her back. Obviously life in there is much much harder, if you are alone. Naturally, she’s cranky, and standoffish as a result. However, as a twist one of those over – privileged boys, who everyone fawns over takes an interest in her, despite her rude interactions with him. 

Overall a super fun read. Hard to put down. My biggest pet peeve with this book was the lack of frequent chapter/section breaks, making it impossible to stop reading at a good point -typically forcing me to stop mid scene when my eyeballs were twitching and red and would refuse to see straight anymore. Coming back the next day, having to re-read a page or two, to remember what I was in the middle of. 

The book feel like it is mostly our character ‘telling’ us everything, with very little dialog. But it worked well enough, without seeming like they were just telling us everything. (As opposed to showing). Seemed light on the dialog and people interactions, but as said – it didn’t detract from the story, for me. 

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