Ninth House

· Alex Stern Book 1 · Sold by Flatiron Books
83 reviews

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The mesmerizing adult debut from Leigh Bardugo, a tale of power, privilege, dark magic, and murder set among the Ivy League elite

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.
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Maria Morales
September 24, 2020
[edit] A clunky story arc about a troubled girl who can see ghosts - set in the backdrop of Yale (which figures a tad much in this tale - yawn). Laborious to read since the pacing was off, in part due to long-winded and pointless "world-building" narration. This book did not keep me riveted and was surprised a sequel was being attempted. Best brush up on your Latin....
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Eliana Lopez Feliciano
November 27, 2019
I love Leigh bardugo but this definitely felt like she went in over her head. I saw parts of an amazing book in-between chapters of pure boring content. The story itself was very slow, and I had trouble forcing myself to finish it. The characters were flat and never felt as if they were fleshed out correctly, even if their back-stories were revealed. Leigh Bardugo is an amazing author in my eyes, but I think her first adult novel and it being her first mystery novel really hindered her amazing writing ability from showing.
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Tabitha Tomala
August 22, 2020
Alex's entire life has been haunted. She is constantly on edge as ghosts hover in her vision. Drugs keep them away, and to Alex, it is safer to be high than deal with ghosts no one believes she sees. Until one last hit takes her too far and she lands in the hospital. She wakes to find a representative from Yale University offering her a chance to rebuild her life and embrace the hidden world that no one else believes in. Alex enters the world of secret magic societies hidden at Yale. But while she may be around people who believe her, there is a darkness at Yale, one that will threaten to swallow her whole. Ninth House is a murder mystery steeped in magic. It takes a little while to grasp what is going on. However, once readers become immersed in the world of magic, they won’t want to surface again till the end. There is an overarching mystery of Alex's mentor disappearing. This plagues the reader as Leigh Bardugo drops tantalizing bits of story from his perspective before he vanishes. Combine this with Alex in the present dealing with his disappearance and trying to find out the truth behind a murdered girl on campus. Alex digs deeper into the truth surrounding the secret societies and creates a compelling story readers won’t want to put down. Alex is a character readers will want to follow. Her past is a disheveled mess. To see what she came from, and how the past has shaped her is worth the read. Being a survivor, Alex sees the world differently than her Yale counterparts, and it causes quite the stir. Alex will take the reader down roads that are filled with twists and turns as she struggles to embrace what she is and find out the truth.
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About the author

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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