If you’re like me, you rarely confine yourself to what’s on the pages of any book you love. You want to explore the world the characters live in and discover its hidden truths – the things that didn’t make it onto the page or maybe even into the author’s mind. You find yourself imagining what studying magic in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea really would entail, or what attending Hogwarts must be like for all the kids who aren’t Harry Potter. Thoughts like these are the seeds from which stories grow. They’re where this book started, in the same way that Spinning Silver began between the lines of “Rumpelstiltskin,” and Uprooted came out of a thicket of old Polish stories and songs.
One of the oldest legends of a school for witchcraft and wizardry is the story of the Scholomance, a hidden institution said to be run by the Devil himself, where the students are cloistered for years, never seeing the sun while learning the darkest of arts. Ever since I first read about this mysterious place in my middle-school library, I’ve been imagining its story. Who are the students in its classrooms and why would they or their parents accept the price the school exacts?
A Deadly Education is the first volume in a trilogy that presents the answers I’ve imagined to those questions. But my hope is that you will find it a world whose mysteries you will want to explore and inhabit and imagine for yourself, long after you turn the final page.
PUBLISHING SEPTEMBER 29, 2020
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