Review: Fall of the School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Fall of the School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani cover shows a boy with white hair and golden armor in front center foreground. A boy with wavy red hair stands over his right shoulder in similar armor, glaring at him.

Fall of the School for Good and Evil (Rise of the School for Good and Evil #2)
Soman Chainani
Published May 2, 2023

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About Fall of the School for Good and Evil

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL is the #1 movie now streaming on Netflix—starring Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Sofia Wylie, Sophie Anne Caruso, Jamie Flatters, Earl Cave, Kit Young, and many others! 

What rises . . . must fall. Two brothers. One Good. One Evil. In exchange for power and immortality, they watch over the Endless Woods and rule the School for Good and Evil. Yet all School Masters must face a test. Theirs is loyalty. But what happens when loyalty is corrupted? When the bonds of blood are broken? Who will survive? Who will die? And what will become of the school and its students? The journey that started a hundred years ago throttles towards its end. This final chapter in the duology that began with the RISE OF THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL brings the tale of the twin School Masters to the brink of war and a shocking conclusion that will change the course of the school forever.

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My Review

My favorite thing about this book was that it took me back to the world of the School for Good and Evil and gave me a chance to revisit some of the characters I loved from the first book. I loved seeing what Kyma, Marialena, and James Hook were up to and watching them pivot based on new information or circumstances that came up.

The story-slash-plot isn’t as densely packed in this book as I thought it was in the first one. The story also had a very large cast of characters, so at times, I struggled to keep the details straight about who was doing what. It was also a boy-heavy cast. I think there were something like two or three girls with a presence in more than one scene, so really not that many, considering the number of boy characters included.

I’ve only read the first book of the School for Good and Evil series, so I don’t know if that series centered a lot more around female characters as a whole, and this duology is more male-centered in order to counter-balance that. That would make sense, though, and be a nice way to broaden the appeal of both series.

All in all, I enjoyed revisiting the world of the School for Good and Evil and getting the complete story of the School Master. I’ve been thinking of listening to the series on audiobooks next year, so it’ll be interesting to go into those books with the backstory in mind. I’m curious what references to it I might find.

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Content Notes

Recommended for Ages 10 to 14.

At least one character is described as having bronze or brown skin. One character briefly indicates he might be attracted to both boys and girls. Another boy indicates he is only attracted to other boys.

Profanity/Crude Language Content

Romance/Sexual Content
Rafal and Rhian have the ability to breathe a bit of their souls (and their magic) into another person. Both use this ability, which one recipient refers to as a kiss.

Spiritual Content
Some characters have the ability to perform magic.

Violent Content
Thematically, the story gets a bit dark at times– very true to the vibes of some original fairy tales. In one scene, some characters are left to be devoured by a cannibal who shows up wearing the literal faces of his past victims. Some leaders collect armies who agree to fight for them. Some scenes reference battles. One character has the ability to turn whatever he touches into gold, including people.

Drug Content

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