Rise of the School for Good and Evil

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Rise of the School for Good and Evil
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May 31, 2022
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The battle between Good and Evil begins.

Two brothers.

One Good.

One Evil.

Together they watch over the Endless Woods.

Together they choose the students for the School for Good and Evil.

Together they train them, teach them, prepare them for their fate.

Then, something happens.

Something unexpected.

Something powerful.

Something that will change everything and everyone.

Who will survive?

Who will rule the School?

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Striking a balance between Good and Evil
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What I Liked:
The Rise of the School for Good and Evil is a prequel to the ever-popular series the School for Good and Evil. Set as a stand-alone, you do not need to read the other series, but knowing where it all started is always a bonus if you're a fan. I found the story to be engaging and solid in the foundation of the balance between Good and Evil and setting up the series to follow. Chainani, as an author, balances fun, childish humor with more profound, heavier topics so that the reader stays constantly engaged with the story.
If you read the main series, you will see the continuation of a central theme about Good VS. Evil and the choices of the twin brothers who represent Good and Evil. The snippets offered in the main series are more evolved for me now that I have a solid foundation of where the story began and where it was going.
The introduction of the readers part of the story at the end makes me eager to go and re-read the whole series again and will make it even easier to share with new readers.
Final Verdict:
The Rise of the School for Good and Evil as a prequel is a great addition to a solid series that will be enjoyed by a whole new group of readers and be rediscovered in new ways by long-time fans.
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It’s not always easy to tell Good from Evil.
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What worked:
This book is a prequel to the popular series, The School for Good and Evil, and introduces the balance needed between Good and Evil. Twin brothers Rhian and Rafal are School Masters for the two opposite branches, and everything will remain equitable as long as their love for each endures. Their feelings are challenged when Aladdin enters the School for Good, while they both agree he should have been placed in the School for Evil. They begin to question the Storian’s wisdom, and Rhian decides he can confirm the magic Pen’s decision by changing Aladdin to good. Things only go downhill from there.
The theme of the book continues to explore the balance between good and evil. Conflict arises when one believes it doesn’t possess any amount of the other. Even though motivations may be good, it doesn’t mean Good can do whatever it wants or that it’s always right. Evil needs to be present to point out fallacies or errors in judgment by Good. The problem explodes in the book when each side believes the neutral Storian is favoring the other, so they feel a need to “cheat” or look for advantages. While the absence of opposing views seems great at first, the characters sense a void in their lives that is difficult to fill.
The book includes several curious characters to make the plot more interesting, familiar, and unpredictable. Aladdin and his magic lamp are included early on, but his wish goes awry and begins his problems. An outsider named Vulcan uses his personality to seize an opportunity while the twins struggle to resolve their differences. Hook is destined to kill Pan in Neverland, but he’s still a student at a pirate school. He takes a pivotal role in the story later in the book. A young seer able to see into the future becomes a wildcard, as it’s a huge challenge to make plans against foes when a character already knows what will happen.
What didn’t work as well:
The conflict and plot seem to be resolved after the first three-fourths of the book, but then a new problem is presented, related but different. It seems like a whole new story is starting, but actually the original problem is brought to a more definite conclusion. I can’t say it will be happily ever after, but it provides a valuable lesson to the idea of good and bad people.
The Final Verdict:
It’s not always easy to tell Good from Evil. This thoughtful book is a stand-alone that precedes The School for Good and Evil. The characters have depth to them, as their actions, feelings, and intentions don’t always align. The concepts of good and evil are constantly at the forefront, and the lessons will leave readers reevaluating the differences between the two. I recommend you give this book, and the series, a shot.
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