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Dark Fantasy Review: The Scholomance by R. Lee Smith

The Scholomance by R. Lee Smith


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Synopsis from Goodreads
For centuries, there has been a legend of a hidden school where magic is taught by the demons who dwell there to anyone who seeks them out, but they ask a terrible price: Anyone who reaches the door of the Scholomance may enter, but the Devil takes every tenth student who tries to leave.

A hidden school. Demonic masters. An inescapable fate for one out of every ten graduates. But Connie would do anything to have the magic her best friend was born with.

And Mara would do anything to get Connie back.

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9/10

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 R. Lee Smith's books are always are revelation for me. She messes with your head, makes you question your own sanity and moral compass, and wraps it all up in a delicious plot so you aren't able to stop reading until you reach the last sentence.

If you read and loved Heat, The Scholomance is for you. In a way it reminded me of Anne Bishop's UF series as "the otherness" of R. Lee Smith's monsters is pure perfection.


I found out about Miss Smith through rave reviews of Heat and Last Hour of Gann on Dear Author. If you know Dear Author, you know that they don't rave about books very often. So I was intrigued, and then bam! these two books made my top reads of 2013 - they were so mind-blowingly good.

Mara, the main heroine of this book is a natural born mind-reader, a sociopath and a perfect antihero. Throughout her childhood she has been a very strange child and had only one friend, Connie. When Connie found out about Mara's talent she got obsessed with having a power of her own which led her to learning about The Scholomance - a mythical demonic school situated in mountains of Transylvania. 

One day Connie disappeared, and two years later Mara received a letter from Connie saying that The Scholomance is not what it seemed and please, will she come and get her out?

At this point Mara is an independent young woman travelling around the globe doing something illegal with her talent and getting paid big money for it. She doesn't have feelings or attachments, but memory of Connie is the only warm feeling that sustains her. 

She gets into the school and it's brutal, sadistic and horrifying. But she is a talented gal, she doesn't feel the same things most people feel and she doesn't have same motivations, so she is flying through the ranks while searching for Connie.

This is a twisted tale, very harsh and dark. It f*cks with your head, folks, but the journey is worth it and the ending is incredible. I don't even want to give you any details but this is great horror story with a side of dark romance and monsters who don't hide under the guise of humanity. Very much recommended if you are brave enough to read it. I LOVED it!


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Я преклоняюсь перед талантом Р. Ли Смит, дамы и господа. Она меня всегда выворачивает наизнанку своими невероятными историями которые частично тёмное фэнтези, частично научная фантастика и полностью ужас.

Жара и Последний Час Ганна, которые я прочитала в прошлом году были для меня одними из лучших книг 2013 г. Сколоманс с лёгкостью попадёт в список, составленный для этого года. И если вам понравилась Жара, то Сколоманс уж точно придётся по вкусу.

Мара - прекрасная антигероиня и полный социопат. Она сильнейший телепат с рождения и всегда была странным ребёнком. За всю жизнь у неё была только одна подруга, Конни, и когда та узнала о таланте Мары, то загорелась ярым желанием приобрести свой собственный. Конни перебробовала всё, пока не натолкнулась на легенду о Сколомансе - таинственной демонической школе в горах Трансильвании. И в один день подруга Мары исчезла.

Два года спустя, Мара - состоятельная молодая женщина, путешествующая по миру и зарабатывающая большие деньги, используя свой значительный талант. В один из своих приездов домой она получает таинственное письмо от Конни, в котором говорится, что Сколоманс - совсем не то, что она ожидала и пусть Мара приедет и вызволит её оттуда!

Мара бросает всё и находит Сколоманс. Отбор в демоническую школу совершенно брутальный, но благодаря своей природе Мара туда попадает. Те, кто знает мисс Смит, готов к тому, что мир в этом романе будет зловещим, садистским и очень тёмным. Человеческая натура представлена в самом чёрном свете, а монстры не скрываются за привлекательными оболочками.  

Если у вас железный желудок, книгу читать НАДО, а уж от концовки вообще взрывается мозг. Готовьтесь к частому бездушному проливанию крови, пыткам, психологическим играм, и невероятным поворотам событий. А монстры вообще у мисс Смит всегда выходят просто шикарные!

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