The Golden Enclaves Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Saving the world is a test no school of magic can prepare you for in the triumphant conclusion to the Sunday Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate.
The one thing you never talk about while you're in the Scholomance is what you'll do when you get out - not even the richest enclaver would tempt fate that way.
But that impossible dream has somehow come true for El and her classmates. And what's more, she didn't even have to become the monstrous dark witch she's prophesised to become to make it happen. Instead of killing enclavers, she saved them, and now the world is safe for all wizards. Peace and harmony have enveloped all the enclaves of the world.
Instead, someone else has picked up the project of destroying enclaves in El's stead, and everyone she saved is at risk again with a full-scale enclave war on the horizon. And so, the first thing El needs to do after miraculously escaping the Scholomance, is to turn straight around and find a way back in.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 49 minutes|
|Audible.in Release Date||27 September 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,591 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#25 in Dark Fantasy
#38 in Coming of Age Fiction
#52 in Action & Adventure Fantasy
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Naomi then pulls everything together for a fraught but satisfying conclusion, with a little bit of an epilogue to let you know whats happening after.
Anyone who has enjoyed the series to date should love this conclusion. For others, whether you love or detest young adult books, you should definitely give the series a go. Its quirkiness, mix of darkness and light, snarkiness and caring, twists and turns, should enthrall any reader.
Well done Naomi Novik!
So this book once again picks up right where the last one left off, with El being shoved through the gates at graduation by Orion as he turns to face off against the maw mouth Patience. From literally the first sentence I was hooked. Unfortunately I agreed with a friend that I’d hold off on reading it until he’d gotten his copy so, after reading a chapter and a half, I forced myself to lock it in a drawer. And I needed that lock between me and the book as well because just that chapter and a half I had a compulsive need to keep reading.
I was interested in seeing how this could be Lesson Three of the Scholomance seeing as the last book ended with it being cheerfully yeeted off into the void. And I wasn’t disappointed. Not only does The Golden Enclaves build upon that ending it builds upon the whole series. It brought to the surface threads that I hadn’t noticed running through all the books and it did it in such a natural ways. I’m going to have to go back and reread the other books, again, because this one will change how I view them.
And the twist in this book! I love the twist. I’m obviously not going to spoil what it is but when I worked it out I messaged my friend and expressed my admiration for it with a whole lot of swearing. That’s how you know it’s a good twist.
I read a lot of books and the majority of them are good. But even compared to them this one is special. This is a series that I won’t just read, appreciate and forget but one that I will go back to and probably reread at least once a year. Because in the field of publishing as a whole, this really does stand out as a beacon of good writing, good plotting and an interesting world.
I can't think of what to say here.
El and her friends are such great characters.
Not going to say anything about Orion because I would definitely end up writing spoilers.
This book got a lot done, but left a lot of space for a sequel or spinoff.
While this book does serve as a reasonable conclusion, it seems very rushed-to-the-end in how it was written when compared to the previous two.
I will be sorely disappointed if nothing else is written in the Scholomance universe.
The Scholomance deserves a spinoff series for the next generation (and some big catastrophe to progress the plot of course).
Liesel deserves a spinoff series for her revenge.
Nobody can tell me otherwise.
Some dark revelations about enclaves are sure to surprise you in this book.
The ebook page title puts this right in front of you then kind of tells you that it's meaningless with the whole "tiktok made me read it".
Most people aren't on tiktok and I doubt tiktok paid for that bit of advertising/promotion, so I don't get why it's even there tbh.
Plot vs length:
While book 1 was just over 300 pages, book 2 had over 900.
Book 3 had about the same amount of plot-relevant content as book 2, but it all got jammed into 400 pages.
I will admit that book 2 did stretch on a bit, but if the author was trying to keep the books short, she could have easily made this one into two books.
My only complaint is the "tiktok made me read it" in the title. It certainly did not and I don't know why you'd put that there. Did tiktok pay for advertising? It's just a weird meta thing.
However the third installment seems to have lost its way. I'm not sure she knew how to write these characters outside of the school or how they should think and feel when they were free. All the characters but particularly el seems to of had a personality transplant and the plot goes very slowly then tried to cram an entire books worth of plot into the last three chapters. Also
I can't stand the cheating angle that is used in the plot. It's never addressed as an issue. If it had just happened when she was sure he was dead then fine but she does it again the second he is out of sight. Also by the end of the book nothing but orian has been resolved everyone else is in limbo and there seems to be no real answers
I'm honestly gutted I expected so much more. The reason I have given this 2 stars rather than one is because as usual the writing itself is superb!