Lesson Two of The Scholomance
by Naomi Novik
New York Times Bestselling Author Naomi Novik crafted a darkly beautiful version of our world, where dangerous creatures called Maleficaria swarm adolescent wizards to devour their magic. To give their children a better chance at surviving puberty, adult wizards built a school in the void. For four years, these teens learn spells, forge alliances, and do whatever they can to stay alive.
Because while the school is safer than the outside world, it is not safe. Maleficaria do get in, and only twenty-five percent of students make it through all four years and graduate. The Scholomance is boarding school hell – more of a nightmare prison, actually – but if a student beats the one-in-four-odds of survival, they return home with the skills and connections to build their adult lives.
The Last Graduate picks up exactly where A Deadly Education left off. Galadriel – or El – is now a senior at the Scholomance, and is no longer an outcast. She has a graduation alliance. She has friends. She also has a half-healed gut-wound and a target on her back. She did everything in her power to ensure the prior year’s seniors graduated safely, but they wouldn’t know if it worked until the end of the year when El’s class graduates.
She’d shown her power, though, and the school sees El as a threat. So do other students.
This year the Scholomance has given El an impossible schedule, stuck her in a secluded classroom with a bunch of helpless freshmen, and sent all the Maleficaria after her. It appears as if the school is intent on taking El down, and it’s not alone. Students don’t normally turn on one another, too busy fighting Maleficaria to openly attack one another.
This year, everything changes.
The Last Graduate is the perfect follow-up to A Deadly Education. It’s another stellar novel, and I couldn’t put it down. In fact, I read it twice, and I know I’ll read it again because I not only pre-ordered a print copy, but also the audiobook. Anisha Dadia did such a fantastic job narrating A Deadly Education, I know the audiobook for The Last Graduate will be just as good.
The summary for the audiobook hails this as “Novik’s groundbreaking, New York Times best-selling trilogy” so there will be a third installment, though I can’t find any title or publishing date announcements anywhere yet. Only this:
“The magic of the Scholomance trilogy will continue in 2022,” according to Penguin Random House’s website.
The Last Graduate book design credit: Simon M. Sullivan
The Last Graduate endpaper illustrations: Elwira Pawlikowska
The Last Graduate endpaper design credit: David G. Stevenson
Advance Reading Copy provided by Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley at my request.
Audiobook narrated by Anisha Dadia