Review: The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik

Series: The Scholomance #3
Author: Naomi Novik
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Released: September 27, 2022
Received: Own

4 1/2 kitties

Wow. I can’t believe the end (of the series) is already here. It’s time to say goodbye to The ScholomanceThe Golden Enclaves is the third and final novel in Naomi Novik’s series, and I have been dying to see where things go after that wicked cliffhanger from The Last Graduate.

El and her classmates did the unthinkable. They all survived the Scholomance, tearing the very structure down around them in a desperate attempt to make the world better for everyone. Only…things didn’t go as planned, and now El is reeling from it all.

Not that she’ll be given much time to relax. Something is happening to the Enclaves of the world, and for some reason, everyone has decided that El is the only one that can fix what has gone wrong.

Wow. Wow! I can’t believe that The Golden Enclaves ends the trilogy. And yet I wouldn’t have asked for it to go any other way. If you’ve been a fan of this series from the start, you’ll love to see how it all ends.

First, let’s discuss the elephant in the room. The Last Graduate left us in a horrible place – that cliffhanger was straight-up mean, if I may say so. Naturally, this made the last year a fairly agonizing wait. So, was it worth it? I would have to say: yes. Though I would still have preferred not to suffer like that in the first place, thank you very much.

There was a lot to enjoy from The Golden Enclaves. I love that Novik didn’t beat around the bush – we went right back to that horrible moment and got to see El’s reaction. No time wasted. I think it’s what the readers need to see.

Several plots or elements really caught my attention in this novel. First, everything that is happening with the Enclaves. It’s a mess, yet it’s also a (darkly) fascinating mess. I’ve wanted to learn more about the Enclaves since the beginning, and I finally got my wish here.

This leads us to the second interesting point. The magical trolley problem that El found herself in. That was not something I expected from this series! That being said, I love that there are actual consequences to these actions and decisions. They should carry weight, given how much they change.

Overall, I would have to say that I’m delighted with how The Golden Enclaves played out. It had a lot of surprises, but they were all carefully thought out. More importantly, they kept the world and series fascinating until the very last.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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