The School For Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani

Updated: Mar 31

We all know the stories. Princesses, Princes, Villains and Crones. Fairy tales have built the foundation of the childhoods of many of us, but what happens before the fantasy begins? What does the world of the heros really look like? What happens after happily ever after?

The School for Good and Evil explores the complex world and hard done dynamics of the fairy tales we all love. Plucking girls from nothing and making them into the stars of fables. Carrying on the royal lines of the hero’s we loved so much and exploring the realities of what happens to Princes when their Princesses realise how much more they do to keep the kingdom alive than their royal counterparts.

A truly fantastic series for girls and boys alike these books dive into the idea that how we appear and how we act, are not one and the same. The most beautiful girl is not always the kindest and the plainest girl is sometimes the brightest. A really empowering novel for young persons these books open up the conversation about society’s perspectives against the realities we all live.

Our main characters are passionate and courageous. Their stories shinning off of the page as their worlds tumble through the most incredible and bizarre changes imaginable.

Soman Chainani works hard to interlink and explore all the known fairy tales of our time.

Considering everything that happened to these characters after their fairy story was over and everything that could have been in their world. While we see what truly links the fairy tale realms we are gifted with an array of new and diverse characters, all vying for their chance to be the next super star of their realm and the most beloved by the readers.

Yet above even the greatest kings a dark force dictates what actually falls on the page. Can anything truly be by accident when your lives are written out for all to know and share? Is there such a thing as free will in a world dictated onto a page?

These mind bending questions quickly become the forefront of the story as our main characters fight to resolve their issues and move forwards against a threat unbeknown to this world before, but forever lurking in it’s shadows.

From the blurb of book one:

“Every four years, two girls are kidnapped from the village of Gavaldon. Legend has it these lost children are sent to the School for Good and Evil, the fabled institution where they become fairytale heroes or villains.

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White at the School for Good. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black dresses and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

But the two girls soon find their fortunes reversed – Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, thrust among handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.

But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are?”

As our characters learn that fairy tales lie we too are given the chance to air our own grievances with the way these popular fables run. A fantastic series any modern parent will be proud to read to their children and any lover of fairy tales will enjoy digging their teeth into.

We Give The School For Good And Evil Three Stars.

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