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Hell Bent

By Leigh Bardugo
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Publisher Description

#1 New York Times Bestseller

From the author of Shadow and Bone, now a hit NETFLIX series

“Readers will be wowed." –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Wealth. Power. Murder. Magic. The Ivy League is going straight to hell in the sequel to the smash New York Times bestseller Ninth House from #1 bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

"Bardugo’s imaginative reach is brilliant." –Stephen King

A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2023 by The New York Times, The Week, Kirkus Reviews, PopSugar, Distractify, Booklist Queen, The Nerd Daily, and more!!

Find a gateway to the underworld. Steal a soul out of hell. A simple plan, except people who make this particular journey rarely come back. But Galaxy “Alex” Stern is determined to break Darlington out of purgatory—even if it costs her a future at Lethe and at Yale.

Forbidden from attempting a rescue, Alex and Dawes can’t call on the Ninth House for help, so they assemble a team of dubious allies to save the gentleman of Lethe. Together, they will have to navigate a maze of arcane texts and bizarre artifacts to uncover the societies’ most closely guarded secrets, and break every rule doing it. But when faculty members begin to die off, Alex knows these aren’t just accidents. Something deadly is at work in New Haven, and if she is going to survive, she’ll have to reckon with the monsters of her past and a darkness built into the university’s very walls.

Thick with history and packed with Bardugo’s signature twists, Hell Bent brings to life an intricate world full of magic, violence, and all too real monsters.

587 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“i bought this book on release day and it took me about three days to finish it! i honestly enjoyed this book way more than ninth house! it was a bit more fast-paced in my opinion and i also loved seeing more of dawes! she’s one of my favorite characters in the alex stern series! i love anything to do with dark academia and also seeing the darker side of the secret societies was both intriguing and terrifying all at once”
Descriptive writingEasy to readSuspensefulDark
Thinking Face“I was so excited to read this one. I loved the first book. But this one was just not it. Hopefully the final book makes up for it 🙏”
Reviewed in:B&N 2023 Challenge
Likable charactersDescriptive writingSuspensefulDark settingDarkUnsatisfying plot
Thinking Face“At first I didn’t want to read the second book , but later changed my mind . However , realized that this book is not for me . Even though I like the idea of the book, but still there is something that does not stick with me . But can’t decoded what it is , the plot, characters or something else . 🤔”
Reviewed in:Variety of Books
Dark settingDark
Expressionless Face“I waited so long for this story… and it was a complete flop…. The pace of the plot arc meant that no character fully had time to develop. So lots of jumping around, no time to let characters grow and breathe … oh and the info-dumping…. Not for me”
Diverse charactersEasy to readFast-pacedDark settingMagical settingDarkAbuseAnimal abuseUnengaging charactersUnsatisfying ending
Thinking Face“i really am enjoying this series!! sad that the next book isn’t out yet :(. excited to see what alex, darlington, tripp, &co do with their new evil powers😈”
Multi-layered charactersEasy to read

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix original series) which spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars—with more to come. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House (Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy 2019), which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. She lives in Los Angeles and is an Associate Fellow of Pauli Murray College at Yale University.

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