A Deadly Education - Naomi Novik

A Deadly Education

By Naomi Novik

  • Release Date: 2020-09-29
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 302 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver comes the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic.

“The dark school of magic I’ve been waiting for.” Katherine Arden, author of Winternight Trilogy

I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the second time he saved my life.

Everyone loves Orion Lake. Everyone else, that is. Far as I’m concerned, he can keep his flashy combat magic to himself. I’m not joining his pack of adoring fans.

I don’t need help surviving the Scholomance, even if they do. Forget the hordes of monsters and cursed artifacts, I’m probably the most dangerous thing in the place. Just give me a chance and I’ll level mountains and kill untold millions, make myself the dark queen of the world.

At least, that’s what the world expects. Most of the other students in here would be delighted if Orion killed me like one more evil thing that’s crawled out of the drains. Sometimes I think they want me to turn into the evil witch they assume I am. The school certainly does.

But the Scholomance isn’t getting what it wants from me. And neither is Orion Lake. I may not be anyone’s idea of the shining hero, but I’m going to make it out of this place alive, and I’m not going to slaughter thousands to do it, either.

Although I’m giving serious consideration to just one.

With flawless mastery, Naomi Novik creates a school bursting with magic like you’ve never seen before, and a heroine for the ages—a character so sharply realized and so richly nuanced that she will live on in hearts and minds for generations to come.

Praise for Deadly Education

“The can’t-miss fantasy of fall 2020, a brutal coming-of-power story steeped in the aesthetics of dark academia. . . . A Deadly Education will cement Naomi Novik’s place as one of the greatest and most versatile fantasy writers of our time.”BookPage (starred review)

“A must-read . . . Novik puts a refreshingly dark, adult spin on the magical boarding school. . . . Readers will delight in the push-and-pull of El and Orion’s relationship, the fantastically detailed world, the clever magic system, and the matter-of-fact diversity of the student body.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)


  • Absolutely creative

    By Blahblah0625
    I love the main protagonist’s snark, her weary and wary views of others and life, and Orion of course. Read for a fantastical adventure.
  • Fresh air/Original

    By Skavid4811
    Fun ideas, character, and plot. Worth a buy
  • Umm.. YES

    By Yourperff
    I really enjoyed the book & super stoked for the second one the come out in July!
  • Brilliant and maddening.

    By abhayakara
    This is a great read. I couldn’t put it down. Beautifully realized magic. Perfect crucible for the characters to grow in. Really lovely hero’s arc. If you like it, read her other magic books, which are also beautifully realized but completely different. :)
  • So good

    By Willllll R
    Favorite Naomi Novik book yet! The only problem with it is that the sequel isn’t coming out til next year.
  • Wonderful

    By Muppet_Hunter
    I absolutely loved this book. Thank you.
  • Naomi Novik continues to prove to be an amazing author.

    By BluesHarpist
    5 stars are reserved for books that totally blow me away, or classics that I believe would have when they were new. I don’t give too many of these out, because it’s the highest rating that you could ever possibly give any book on here. 4 stars for books that I would recommend to just about anyone, or, at least, to someone who doesn’t dislike the genre. 3 stars for books that I would only recommend to someone who is fond of the genre. 2 stars for books that I would be hesitant to recommend to anyone at all, but the book was not a total disaster. 1 star for books that I found so terribly ridiculous, or poorly written, that I wish I had not spent time reading to begin with.