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If you're a fan of fantasy, chances are you know Leigh Bardugo. Her YA fantasies - The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows Duology - are known for the action, world building, and stellar storytelling. In her first foray into adult fantasy, Bardugo does it again; Ninth House is riveting, the kind of book that will keep you enthralled for hours at a time, racing with protagonist Galaxy "Alex" Stern to beat the clock, solve a mystery, and saver herself and women like her.
In the same ways that Leigh Bardugo masterfully builds the Grishaverse, she's maps the history and mysteries of New Haven, Connecticut. For those of us not familiar with the Ivy League haunts, Bardugo outlines the— Shelly Walston
Bardugo -- known for her lush YA fantasies -- has given adults a glimpse into what those who have read her for years (teens and otherwise!) already know: a gorgeously built magical world, this time in the real-world setting of Yale university, with fascinating characters and a murder mystery that will keep readers guessing. She kept me engrossed in the story of former drug addict Alex and golden boy Darlington through this maze of power, greed, money, and magic. I couldn't put it down!— Melissa Fox
“Queen Leigh’s first foray into adult fantasy is a sensational success! One of the best fantasy books I’ve read in a long while, Ninth House contains Yale secret societies, ghosts, magic, morally gray characters, and murder. Bardugo balances dual timelines with intricate precision, and the history and world-building of her fantastical New Haven is superb. I couldn’t put this book down; I had to know what was going to happen next. I savored every moment reading this novel, and I am jealous of readers who get to experience it for the first time!”
— Isabella Ogbolumani, Page 1 Books, Evanston, IL
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo comes a mesmerizing tale of power, privilege, and dark magic 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.
Ninth House is the long-awaited adult debut by the beloved author of Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. Leigh Bardugo will take her place alongside Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness as one of the finest practitioners of literary fantasy writing today.