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  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Anisha Dadia
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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The Golden Enclaves

By: Naomi Novik
Narrated by: Anisha Dadia
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Summary

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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.

Just kidding.

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.

©2022 Naomi Novik (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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brilliant conclusion

a little rushed but I enjoyed it, wanted more time with some characters but understand that a lot had to happened maybe could have been split into 2 books but I still enjoyed it massively but the last graduate is by far my favourite in the series

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Interesting view of the world but a limited one

This was my least favourite book in the series.

I enjoyed being able to finish off the series and getting closure, having listened to the other two books. I am not sure I will miss El and her mad world of enclaves and mal, but I do not regret listening to them - the experience felt like a guilty pleasure that I couldn't resist but am relieved it is over.
Novik had to create a new world, or a new layer of the world that she introduced us to in the first book - always a tricky challenge in a final book. This takes time and was a bit confusing to understand at first, as the enclaves and the mal (monsters) function slightly differently to how they do in the scholomanse.

The book takes you to multiple countries but you are given very little cultural information about each place or their customs (barely any)- which I feel is a missed opportunity as bits of cultural learning could easily have been added here and there - such as food, polite greetings, ways to dress, architecture etc. That it does not, I guess implies that Novik did not travel to these places - why not? A bit more background setting would have helped the book to have more atmosphere, and to feel less flighty. Details such as as these were clearly not important to Novik, she spends much more time focusing on the magical and emotional details of El's experience/ outlook.

As with the other books, El goes off frequently on verbal monologues and rants on her view of things. Her vocabulary remains quite stilted and limited. I consider this a good book for stretching the imagination and questioning 'the void', but not one for widening a persons vocabulary or encouraging a descriptive use of the written word.

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Wow!

Amazing conclusion to an amazing trilogy, loved every minute of it! narrator does a fantastic job, putting real emotion into the story, definitely teared up a few times at this one. I cannot recommend these books highly enough, honestly wishing I could go back and read them all over again and probably that's exactly what I'll do!

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fantastisch!

fantastisches Ende der Trilogie mit überraschenden Wendungen und viel Dramatik. man fiebert mit. gleichzeitig sehr differenzierte Darstellung menschlicher Motivation. sehr zu empfehlen

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a good finish to series

I really enjoyed the story and performance. it's a great finish to the series!

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Painful narration of the story

I enjoyed the first two so committed to seeing out the trilogy. The story is fairly good but I wish I'd read the book rather than listen to the audiobook - the narration really jars with its weirdly placed emphasis and overly stressed sentences. I didn't enjoy listening to it sadly

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Brilliant conclusion to the trilogy....

... with excellent narration as on the previous audiobooks. Those who enjoyed the first two books was love this one.

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Fantastic series finale

Like the previous books in the series it’s been superbly voiced by Anisha Dadia, who is now firmly set as the voice of El in my mind when I read the books as well as listen to them.
The story had me completely convinced of the direction it was headed until it suddenly wasn’t any more (sorry it’s so cryptic but I’m trying to avoid spoilers!) with Naomi Novik’s worldbuilding skills given free rein outside the Scholomance.
Overall a superb story, brilliantly narrated!

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Great conclusion to a magical series

loved it, the tension built beautifully, and the narration was as brilliant as the first two.

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Couldn't stop listening

It was a very good ending for the triology.
My only problem was that the inner mologues were too long most of the time. El repeated herself in inner monologue.... we can see that she is too young and naive but I think she grew a lot during the book.

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Not as satisfying as I hoped

If u want to finish this series, I think it’s enjoyable but I don’t like the ending.

Many of the plot twists were great and interesting and it was mostly enjoyable.

However, I don’t feel like it expands on the world much at all, the pacing feels off at the start compared to the end (for me) and I, seriously, cannot believe that’s how it ends.

P.S. If anyone searches spoiler reviews, I agree with most of their criticisms about Liesel, El and someone’s parent.