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The Last Graduate
A Novel
By (author): Naomi Novik
Naomi Novik


Del Rey



Product Form:



General Trade
Sep 28, 2021
$34.95 CAD


8.52in x 5.77 x 1.38 in | 1.13 lb

Page Count:

400 pages


Del Rey
FICTION / Fantasy / Epic
A budding dark sorceress determined not to use her formidable powers uncovers yet more secrets about the workings of her world in the stunning sequel to A Deadly Education, the start of Naomi Novik’s groundbreaking crossover series.

At the Scholomance, El, Orion, and the other students are faced with their final year…and the looming specter of graduation: a deadly ritual that barely half the students survive. El is determined that her group will make it out alive, but their prospects are dimming by the day as the savagery of the school ramps up. Until El realizes that sometimes winning the game means throwing out all the rules…

Story Locale: Fantasy world

BOOK TWO OF A MAGICAL SERIES: Published at yearly intervals, A Deadly Education appeared on 9/29/20, with book three to come on 9/27/22. After her stunning success with the standalone novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver, this is Novik’s first series since her Temeraire books.

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER: A Deadly Education debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at #12 (Hardcover) and #10 (Combined Fiction) on its first week onsale.

REAL-WORLD THEMES: The series follows a young woman on her path to adulthood as she faces issues such as sexism, prejudice, and inequality, masterfully subverting stereotypes and readers’ expectations with strong and empowered characters.

THE NEXT STAGE IN AN ALL-STAR CAREER: Uprooted was Novik’s modern take on Eastern European fairy tales; Spinning Silver was her take on the Rumplestiltskin fairy tale and Jewish folklore in Russia. Now Novik offers her inimitable take on what could well be called a modern fairy tale: the school for the magically gifted.

MULTIPLE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERS: Spinning Silver and the Temeraire novels.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Uprooted won the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novel; Spinning Silver won the 2019 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel; Naomi Novik received the 2007 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

ACCOLADES FOR SPINNING SILVER: Named one of the best books of the year by the The New York Times Book Review, NPR, Time, Tor.com, Popsugar, Vox, Vulture, Paste, Bustle, Library Journal, The New York Public Library, PEN America, Forward, and more.

PRAISE FOR A DEADLY EDUCATION: “The Scholomance is the dark school of magic I’ve been waiting for.” Katherine Arden, bestselling author of the Winternight Trilogy; “Naomi Novik skillfully combines sharp humor with layers of imagination to build a fantasy that delights on every level. I loved this brilliant book.” Stephanie Garber, bestselling author of Caraval; “Eyeball meltingly brilliant. Novik is, quite simply, a genius.” Kiersten White, bestselling author of And I Darken

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of A Deadly Education, the Temeraire series, and the award-winning novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver. She is a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own. She lives in New York City with her family and six computers.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY

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Author Website: naominovik.com

Author Social Media: Twitter: @naominovik

Praise for The Last Graduate

“[The Last Graduate] rips along like a force of nature. In the abstract, this is a story about relying on others—but in the concrete, it is about how to survive when the odds are against you. As she did with [A Deadly Education], Novik changes the game again with the very last line.”Locus

“Truly one of the best fantasy series out there right now, and it’s not close.”Culturess

“[The Last Graduate] is as compulsive a read as [A Deadly Education]. As a warning, it ends on another killer cliffhanger.”—BuzzFeed

“Naomi Novik’s Scholomance series, about kids at a preposterously deadly magical school, stands out in a ridiculously crowded field. Its sheer viciousness, its grim humor, and its complicated interpersonal politics are an immediate draw.”Polygon

“Sardonic students, gruesome monsters, growing friendships, and a touch of romance create a highly readable story. Some questions remain to be answered in the trilogy’s last volume. The end of this installment ensures that book three can’t come fast enough.”Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for A Deadly Education

“Eyeball-meltingly brilliant—Novik is, quite simply, a genius.”—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken

“Naomi Novik has written the wizard-school book that we all deserve! Constant peril, a fresh magic system, and a deeper discussion of how educational inequality currently functions than I ever expected to see in fantasy.”—Hank Green, author of A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

“Novik skillfully combines sharp humor with layers of imagination to build a fantasy that delights on every level.”—Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Caraval series

“The Scholomance is the dark school of magic I’ve been waiting for.”—Katherine Arden, New York Times bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale

“A gorgeous book about monsters and monstrousness, chockablock with action, cleverness, and wit.”—Holly Black, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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