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In the start of an all-new series, the best-selling author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver introduces you to a dangerous school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death - until one girl begins to rewrite its rules.

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. 

Wry, witty, endlessly inventive and mordantly funny - yet with a true depth and fierce justice at its heart - this enchanting novel reminds us that there are far more important things than mere survival.

©2020 Naomi Novik (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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What a great read!!

I am always looking for fantasy books with magical school setting. As soon as I saw this book release, I knew I had to read it. And I loved listening to the audio book. Naomi Novik is fast becoming one of my favourite authors! The narrator was fantastic as well!
It felt like being back at Hogwarts but with the school reminding me of the assassin's academy in Nevernight.
I would have loved to know more about the magic system. Reminded me a but of the magic system in Eragon. Haha. it seems to have a mix of a lot of books I love. The delightfully restrained sprinkle of pop culture references totally got me. I love Kylo btw!
And the end comes with such a mysterious warning. I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Semaphore
  • 26-10-20

Excellent

A Deadly Education is a tense, fiercely unique narrative with characters you care about rapidly in a very grim setting. I look forward to everything Naomi has in store in this universe for the audience.

The narrator did a great job too, very emotive performance.

If I were forced to give a critique it would be that I personally prefer more descriptions of the surroundings than was provided, but I'm fairly certain that was deliberate to make the reader feel more closed in as it is not a static trait in her other books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-05-21

Something new

I loved the story. I love Naomi Novik's book and she didn't disappoint. The narrator was so easy to listen to. Definitely worth the credit

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  • Rachel Marr
  • 25-11-20

highly recommended

thoroughly enjoyed this book. can't wait for the next one. the narrator did a great job, she really enhanced the main character's narrative voice.

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  • Ian
  • 08-10-20

One of my favorite authors, but...

Naomi Novik is a great author. Uprooted is one of my favorite all time books...but this was disappointing.

It is an example of a great idea that probably should have stayed an idea. I was looking at some of the 5 Star reviews to try and find something good to say....but I don't think we read the same book.

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  • Mrs. Snaylor
  • 05-10-20

Unable to Finish

I’ve just started this book, I really enjoy the authors other books but really can’t listen to an angry , jeering , aggressive teen voice for a whole book/ yes I know what age group it’s aimed at. Will be returning in favour of the Kindle edition. I’m sure the story is great the telling of it no.

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  • R S
  • 07-10-20

Well imagined setting

I really enjoyed this book, inspite of the narrator. Not sure if it was an accent or just odd pronounciations but what ever it was, it got a bit annoying overall.. With a different narrator I’d have given this full marks. The setting is well imagined and the main character interesting and relatable, even to a mature adult. I am really looking forward to the next intallment.

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  • Simon. M
  • 21-11-20

Excellent story and narration

The story is a refreshing take on magical education, it has all of the factional intrigues between years, student types and 'house' affiliations, but is a lot less saccharine. The narration is excellent, (I have high-register hearing loss through poor career choices which makes me wary of some female narrators), but Anisha Dadia has such a good tonal range that she conjures a compelling protagonist whilst being perfectly audible. I loved the author/narrator combination of this audiobook and will buy the next instalments without hesitation!

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  • MaureenMcEldridge
  • 07-03-21

OK, but nowhere near as exciting as others

My least favourite Naomi Novik book unfortunately. The story felt quite dull in comparison to Spinning Silver and Uprooted which I loved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-21

I didn't expect this from Naomi Novik

I didn't like this at all. It was not the performance as I've read in other reviews. It was the main character, who was utterly annoying, the school itself, that didn't make any sense and the lack of development in the secondary characters.

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  • Stina
  • 15-11-20

Interesting story, not the perfect narrator

This is a very refreshing take on the School of Magic-trope! A perfectly wonderful unloveable heroine, and pupils from all around the world gathered in one (rather horrifying) school. Naomi Novik definitely knows how to tell a good story, and this book is no exception!
Unfortunately the reader was not the best. She isn’t BAD as such, but her British accent is not quite right (she sounded so very much like an American taking care to pronounce their Ts and Aah:s, but not thinking about the other sounds). The narrator is a good reader, though, and has a very pleasant voice.
Definitely recommended!

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  • nasser
  • 05-04-21

Most boring book ever

This is not a story. It’s just a full book length world building. And the worst main character ever.
I would have asked for a refund if I could.

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  • Aileen
  • 13-03-21

Dark teen fiction. Well narrated.

What do you do when trapped inside a magic school that is trying to kill you?
El is a sarcastic and antisocial girl with an affinity for mass destruction.
How can she make alliances to defeat the many grotesque creatures that lurk inside the walls when she comes across as a dark (and possibly evil) witch? 🧙‍♀️☠😈

A bit trashy and definitely teen fiction
So exactly what I wanted! the narrator has the perfect voice for El's personality.

The downside is that the characters inner monologues can get overly long at times and the magic terminology is laid on thick early.

The upside: it is fun and a bit dark with bloodshed, dark creatures and is different enough from the other magic school books I've read to be it's own thing. It is refreshing to have a lead character that is smart instead of lucky, and sceptical instead of being a classic naive hero.
I look forward to listening to the second one when it is out later in the year.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-21

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Loved this take on the magical school trope, found myself really rooting for the characters and will definitely be purchasing the next one when it comes out. I agree with some other reviewers that the narrator's inflection and emphasis can be distracting at times but she does the swearing brilliantly!

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  • Asbjørn
  • 25-02-21

New twist to the Teenage College Story

I was filled with both joyus hope and trepidation as I started this latest work from Naomi Novik. Uprooted and Spinning Silver is some of the best fantasy I know. The series following the dragon Temeraire started equally good - but somewhere along the way it became drivel. Poorly written and drawn out...

A Deadly Education is a promising new start. There is one or two places where the story feels forced - but I am again excited about Novik's storytelling.

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  • Cai
  • 30-04-21

very.. very.. detailed

Loved the narrator, I think she's the best part of the audiobook. The story on the other hand, had a lot of potential but the author just over explains every miniscule detail that my eyes start glazing over then I forget which part of the story I'm in. Just when a certain part gets exciting, I get pulled back again by more explanations...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-21

Excellent

I’ve read all of Naomi Novik’s novels, but this is a particular favourite. The characters were really interesting and plot was unique. The narration by Anisha Dadia was spot on, and really added to the experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-21

Loved the descriptive nature

Loved the descriptive nature of this clever story. The narrator was a pleasure to listen to and I'm excited for the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-21

Harry Potter Meets Hunger Games

This is a clever concept for a book, and it is performed well. The only issue I have is that the author spends so much time explaining the world and how it works, there isn’t a lot of time left for plot. I still enjoyed the book. Hopefully the next one will have a meatier plot.