The Golden Enclaves

Books on Tape. (Scholomance, Bk. 3). Sept. 2022. 14:50 hrs. ISBN 9780593287460. $95. FANTASY
Having escaped the Scholomance, El Higgins returns to Wales to mourn the loss of her love interest, Orion Lake. The maleficaria that hunted El and her Scholomance classmates are now attacking wizards across the globe, and malevolent forces seek to destabilize the wizarding world from within. El’s bereavement is cut short when former classmates and elite wizards call upon her destructive powers, turning the prophesied destroyer of enclaves into their potential savior. Novik’s third “Scholomance” book (following The Last Graduate) leaves the confines of the deadly academy, introduces, a host of new characters, and illustrates how wizard society functions within the world’s most powerful enclaves. Series fans won’t miss a beat, but the worldbuilding, much of which is conveyed through El’s inner monologues, may be too dense for new readers. Narrator Anisha Dadia excels at voicing British Indian teenager El, infusing the dialogue with sarcasm and frustration. She also displays considerable range, performing an entire cast with distinct voices and accents.
VERDICT Should satisfy Novik’s many fans and appeal to mature fans of Harry Potter, dark-fantasy lovers, and those who enjoyed Lev Grossman’s The Magicians.
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