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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Leigh Bardugo’s first novel for adults is set at a fictional version of Yale, where secret societies gain their influence not just from money and privilege but from occult powers. Galaxy “Alex” Stern, a tough girl who barely survived her childhood, is recruited into this world of ghost summoning and deadly pacts by an enigmatic figure who offers her a deal: Sneak in as a spy and we’ll pay your way through school. Bardugo, the best-selling author of two young-adult fantasy series, is a Yale graduate, which explains why this spooky, fast-paced story feels so authentic (what Ivy League secrets does she know?!). A tantalizing blend of fantasy, mystery, and horror, Ninth House is a very fun read.
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I love Leigh’s work, and this did not disappoint. SO GOOD.
I was so impressed with this story of Yale’s secret societies, magic and the dead. The story flowed in a way I must now attribute to a compulsion spell, I cannot wait for more of Yale, Lethe and most importantly Galaxy Stern.
I enjoyed this!
I enjoyed this book. A very different take on magic in a secret society, academic kind of way. It was slow going in the beginning and I felt I had to work for it going forward, but by the halfway mark I was hooked. I loved the very detailed descriptions of Yale’s campus and all of the secret society lairs. Quite a few surprise plot twists too! Now I am invested, and I want to see how these characters evolve. Especially Alex and Darlington!!!
Can’t wait to read the next book!