Book: ‘Harry Potter’ for adults

A Deadly Education

By Naomi Novik

(336, fiction, 2020)


After the second time he saved my life, I decided that Orion Lake needed to die.  He can keep his flashy heroics away from me; I don’t need help surviving the Scholomance like his fans do.  Forget the monsters, cursed artifacts and the deadly peril in this boarding school; I’m probably the most dangerous thing here.  Give me a chance and my spells can kill millions, even though I don’t want them to.  The school expects Orion to take me out as a precautionary measure.  Because I’m evil.  Or at least, that’s what they think.  I may not be anyone’s idea of a hero, but I’m going to make it out of here alive and with my soul intact.  I’m not a murderer … but Orion Lake had better not test me.

Thoroughly enjoyable and sharply written, A Deadly Education is the first book in Naomi Novik’s Scholomance trilogy.  El is a prickly but thoroughly likable heroine, and it’s no wonder that this book is being advertised as Harry Potter for adults.  Highly recommended.

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Nora Cascadden

Author: Insider Staff

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