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Ninth House

By Leigh Bardugo
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Publisher Description

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

The smash New York Times bestseller from Leigh Bardugo, a mesmerizing tale of power, privilege, and dark magic set among the Ivy League elite.

"The best fantasy novel I’ve read in years, because it’s about real people....Impossible to put down." —Stephen King

Goodreads Choice Award Winner
Locus Finalist

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.

Don't miss the highly-anticipated sequel, Hell Bent.

1413 Reviews

Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“I really really love this book. I read it because it was suggested on a dark academia reading list, and I think it lives up to that while adding in some fun unexpected elements. Alex existing as a criticism of Ivy League pretension was super well done, and the magic served to push the plot forward instead of hindering it. The sexual assault was shocking and I wish it had been better foreshadowed because it was a little triggering, but it did feel relevant overall.”
Characters change and growAddictiveTwistyDark settingMagical settingSexual assault
Thumbs Up“Generally liked it. Was a bit hard for me to get immersed into the themes and the setting; not sure why. Good characters. Very “chosen one” vibes.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersSuspensefulDark settingRealistic settingDarkAbuseSelf-harmSexual assault
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“It was hard to get through for a second but once it was got going I was hooked. The ending was unpredictable and I ran to the start the second book asap.”
Multi-layered charactersAction-packedSuspensefulUnpredictableDark settingMagical settingAngstyHopefulViolence
Thumbs Up“The setting and characters didn't work for me.”
Morally ambiguousEasy to readOriginal writingSexual assaultViolenceBad editingBad writingDidn't grab my attentionUnengaging characters
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“So overall I really liked it!! I liked how morally grey most of the characters were. And there was a LOT goin’ on. Lots of twists. Really interesting history (with the Yale history and societies being real and such, not the magic part obvs haha). The world building was really good and immersive. A bit disturbing. VERY disturbing in some parts. (Really could have done without the bathroom ghost scene. Horrifying.) I was looking for dark academia and hell, this is DARK academia.”
Characters change and growMorally ambiguousOriginal charactersEasy to readWitty banterMind-bendingTwistyHauntingWell-researchedDark

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and the King of Scars duology. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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