Ninth House

Ninth House

by Leigh Bardugo


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250313072
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 9,842
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over 3 million copies sold worldwide, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, King of Scars—with more to come. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and short stories that have appeared in The Best of and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Ninth House (Barnes & Noble Book Club Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous 26 days ago
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!
Bronxgirl14 6 days ago
I absolutely loved this book. I can’t wait for the sequel.
Anonymous 6 days ago
If you liked The Magicians, you'll like this too. I certainly did!
Anonymous 8 days ago
Had me in the edge of my seat all the time Read it in Two days could not put it down was a great Halloween book wish it could be brought to the screens Love it
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JayRT 13 days ago
Even though the book started out slow and I wondered what all the hype was about half way through it changed. The story started to build and the plot just took off. There will be a second book and I hope that it fills in a lot of the missing info about certain characters. Has the potential to be a good series.
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Anonymous 15 days ago
Slow start but kept my interest
Anonymous 17 days ago
It is a page turner. I could not put the book down. The way the author pulls you in it's like you can visualize each character coming to life.
Inopinion 19 days ago
Okay.... for starters.... *screaming* I'm trying not to give spoilers, keeping it higher level, but I do touch on some of the systems in use, so maybe read with caution. As someone that enjoys both YA and Adult novels, I can clearly say that Bardugo made all the adjustments to make the step in target audience. The prose are descriptive and ebb and flow between flourishes that paint the picture and staccato to push the pace. She uses the added word count to really focus in on the description and world building. Where her other works hint at the darker thoughts or motives, this book puts them to the page. We don't just know that there is blood and gore, we get to be with Alex as she registers the puddles and brain-scraps. And yes, there are brain scraps! It's not just gruesome, it's tactfully used details that put you into the same shocked position as the protagonist. And the Protagonist! Galaxy Stern is an accessible Lisbeth Salander... a Lisbeth that has friends and is likable and has other characters rooting for her. Alex is no non-sense and outraged and compassionate. She's determined and aware. She is a full-bodied human being that I can't believe lives only on paper. Oh the magic... At first, I wasn't sure there would be magic, but that's solved pretty quickly in the first chapter. It's not your run-of-the-mill witches or your inherently powerful Grisha. The magic in this book is ritualistic, communal, and isolated to the societies. It's a whole new brand of limitations and possibilities that I didn't expect from Bardugo. And it's brilliant in the complexity. The way she's taken history and woven it into the storytelling to really give weight to the long-standing traditions of secret societies was a definite treat. I really felt like Lethe had a hundred years of baggage sitting next to mountains of luggage from the ancient eight. It added a depth to the world that turned it from fantastical to real. I really think this is a book for anyone that loves adult crime novels, crime-mystery-thrillers, and anyone that's into paranormal-mysteries. I also think that those that are fans of her YA work need to approach with caution, but maybe not as much as book-Twitter lead me to believe. Trigger warnings: short scene depicting the sexual assault of a child, depiction of non-consensual sexual acts between adults, use of violence and resulting gore descriptions, mention of drugs and drug dealing. Nothing out of the ordinary in the Adult target market, but beyond what you see in YA.
Mel-Loves-Books 21 days ago
“I let you die. To save myself, I let you die. That is the danger in keeping company with survivors.” Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo is unlike anything else I have read. I spent so much time in my head trying to figure out this book, and I mean that in all the best possible ways. i am not sure exactly how I would describe it but I encourage you to read the description and I will say trigger warnings for sexual abuse, drug abuse, and violence in this book. One theme in the book which still has me thinking is what does being a survivor mean, and what kind of behavior does it excuse? I enjoyed all of the supernatural elements of this story too and really look forward to seeing where all this is going next. Because surely there will be more. I am giving this book 5 full stars. “It was on thing to be told magic existed, quite another to have it literally give you the finger.”
Verkruissen 27 days ago
Imagine if magic was a secret society you could join and you didn't even have to be magically talented? Like Hogwarts for rich ivy league muggles. This is the world that Galaxy Stern (Alex) finds herself in after waking up in a hospital after the grisly murder of her drug dealing friends. Alex has always been able to see ghosts, and this talent uniquely qualifies her to become part of the Lethe. A group that regulates the eight magical societies to make sure that they are doing nothing that will hurt anyone on the outside and that they are following the rules. These groups can build the fortunes of the wealthy or secure political positions or create a new best seller for someone who has writers block. When a murder happens nearby the campus Alex suspects that a society has their hand in this and it's not just a normal homicide. This story was really hard to put down. I've already started recommending it to my co-workers! I thought Alex was an absolute rebel. She's got a troubled past that helps her work the system to find out the truth. She is likable, tough, smart and I cannot wait to see what happens next!
Bookyogi 3 months ago
Ok, so that answers that. Leigh Bardugo can transition easily from YA to Adult. Alex, Darlington, and Dawes are new favorites added to the list of fantastically inventive characters. I can’t wait for book 2.
smg5775 3 days ago
Alex (Galaxy) can see ghosts. Lethe House at Yale wants her to help monitor the other Houses at Yale so that their "work" does not harm the reputation of Yale. Alex is mentored by Darlington who disappears before showing her all the ropes. A townie is murdered and Alex is sent to see if any of the Houses are responsible for the death. Everyone is telling her to step down but something is off for Alex and so she investigates on her own with the help of Dawes, another member of the Lethe team. What she finds is unexpected and unwelcome. I love a kick-ass broad and that is what Alex is. She came up the hard way, got involved in drugs and other things. She figures maybe her life is starting to look up with a fresh start on the other side of the country at Yale. She has no idea of what she faces. She is smart and learns as she goes especially with Darlington gone. She follows her instincts. She is not above putting a little hurting on someone if need be. Dawes is interesting. Alex and she do not get along at first but eventually Dawes sees what Alex is. They have each other's back which is good because what is on the surface is not what is reality. The story is fast paced when Alex begins to check out the murder. There is a lot of action. There is a lot of otherworldly aspects to the Houses as well as history of the town and the Houses. It kept my interest and I cannot wait for the next book.
thereadingchick 4 days ago
High school dropout, Alex Stern, wakes up in a hospital the soul survivor of a multiple homicide, and is offered a chance to start her life over at Yale. All expenses paid. Wanting to get away from the life she’d been living, Alex says yes and moves across country where she finds herself living among the privileged, but that privilege comes with a price. Alex’s job is to monitor the activities of eight societies. Their occult activities become more dangerous and it’s evil starts grasping at the edges of the life she’s trying to re-build. I’ll admit, horror novels are not my thing, but Ninth house feels more fantasy than horror. I’m a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and this novel definitely had elements that were similar to that series, although it didn’t have the humor. Like Buffy, Alex Stern is a fascinating protagonist. She isn’t a “chosen one” but the fact that she can see ghosts has shaped her entire life. Not able to live a normal life, she gave up and started living on the outskirts of one. Taking drugs takes the edge off her ability and whereas she was never a full drug addict, she lived among many. When Yale came calling she was ripe for the picking, and the fact she saw ghosts? That was the first good thing to happen because she could see ghosts. When she enters Yale her world expands from the supernatural. This whole new world opens up before her and her job is to police and make sure no one uses their “skills” to take advantage of anyone. A departure from her previous life for sure, but one that she takes to suprisingly easy. When a murdered girl drops into her lap, Alex starts to investigate and it’s at this point that the book really takes off! At about 30% into the book I was able to immerse myself in the story and started to really appreciate all of the details of this world Leigh Bardugo created. Set in current time, but with elements of the magical and supernatural, Ninth House is unlike other novels in that it merges the real with fantasy so seamlessly. As Alex investigates this murder and delves into each of the eight societies at Yale I was gripped by questions and read quickly as I sought the truth of those answers through Alex. This is one of those novels that you’ll pick up again and discover new revelations that you somehow missed in the first reading. I’m already blocking off time to listen to the audiobook when it comes out!
X_in_SF 11 days ago
B&N recommended this to me while I was on vacation and I had just finished my current book, so I said "why not?" even though there were no reviews. It's a totally fun ready and I would completely recommend it. I had a hard time putting this down!
Anonymous 21 days ago
The prose was choppy, slow moving and lacked cohesion. I never finishes it, so maybe it improved after page 136.....
Anonymous 23 days ago
It starts off confusing like you should already know the background. As you get father in it sucks you down a great magic black hole. Alex is a talent that sees ghosts. In the land of magic houses at yale she's the dante. In a quest to solve a murder alex discovers the real reason the nine houses are on campus
alexcan3 7 days ago
I am a member of the B&N book club, and I generally finish all selections so I can actively participate in the discussion. Unfortunately, I just cannot get through this one. My mind wanders each time I sit down to read it. I am over 200 pages in, but I do not think I will pick it up again. I don't find myself interested in the characters or what happens to them. Normally, I like a good murder mystery, but I don't seem to care who killed Tara either. I did love the imagery of the moths and the tattoos. Unfortunately for me, that was the only scene/writing/image that has stuck with me.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Tedious...overwrought. I could not care less about anything going on in this book. I am an avid reader but this was a waste of my time.
Anonymous 22 days ago