Ninth House | Book Review

Ninth House

(Alex Stern #1)

by Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Hachette Australia
Imprint: Gollancz
Publication date: October 9th, 2019

Format: Paperback
RRP: $29.99
ISBN: 9781473227972
Pages: 450

Format: Hardback
RRP: $35.00
ISBN: 9781473227965
Pages: 458

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

Alex Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. A dropout and the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved crime – the last thing she wants is to cause trouble. Not when Yale was supposed to be her fresh start. But a free ride to one of the world’s most prestigious universities was bound to come with a catch.

Alex has been tasked with monitoring the mysterious activities of Yale’s secret societies – societies that have yielded some of the most famous and influential people in the world. Now there’s a dead girl on campus and Alex seems to be the only person who won’t accept the neat answer the police and campus administration have come up with for her murder.

Because Alex knows the secret societies are far more sinister and extraordinary than anyone ever imagined.

They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living . . .

I loved this book!!⁠

Leigh Bardugo’s dark adult fantasy is here!!!
I adore Bardugo’s writing style, the whole story flows well and despite the content, the book is such an easy read!

Galaxy (Alex) Stern, our MC, is a total bad ass!!⁠
Alex can see ghosts, or Grays as they are called by the Lethe. This has made her a perfect candidate to monitor the mysterious activities of Yale’s secret societies.

However, Darlington, Stern’s mentor at Yale, is my favourite.
He is the Lethe’s golden boy and all around good guy.
Along with Dawes, a quiet, kick ass character. With her lumpy sweatshirts and general avoidance of people, she is my kind of people lol.

This is a slow burn kinda book.
The book kicks off with brief flash of Alex in the present.
We are then thrown back in time to Alex arriving at Yale. Throughout the story we get introduced to all the characters and major players around Yale. We also learn about Alex’s past and everything that has happened since she arrived, some crazy shit happens in those secret societies!

For a slow burn book, there are some crazy twists! ⁠
The ending is also amazing, crazy & action packed. While the book doesn’t end on a cliff hanger, it does dangle a shred of hope in front of you, leaving you wanting to know what happens next!!! ⁠

This is a dark adult read and the content can be confronting & graphic, so trigger warning, if you are affected by things such as sexual assault, graphic rape of a 12 year old girl, murder, gore, death, drug abuse/overdose, possession, among others, be prepared.⁠

I am a daughter of Lethe, and the wolves are at the door.

Overall, this is a fantastic read with amazing world building. The characters are interesting, deep and oh so dark!! ⁠I highly recommend this book and I can not wait to see what happens next!! ⁠

I would like to thank Hachette Australia for sending me a copy of this amazing book!⁠ This has in no way affected my opinion or review of the book..

Praise for Ninth House

Ninth House is the best fantasy novel I’ve read in years, because it’s about real people. Bardugo’s imaginative reach is brilliant, and this story, full of shocks and twists, is impossible to put down

Stephen King

Ninth House isone of the best fantasy novels I’ve read in years. This book is brilliant, funny, raw and utterly magnificent — it’s a portal to a world you’ll never want to leave

Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians

Ninth House rocked my world. I could not get enough of Alex Stern, a heroine for the ages. With a bruised heart and bleeding knuckles, she risks death and damnation – again and again – for the people she cares about. I was cheering her on the whole way: from the first brilliant sentence of this book to the last

 Joe Hill, bestselling author of N0S4A2

Leigh Bardugo 

Leigh Bardugo is the number one New York Times bestselling author fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology and The Language of Thorns. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently, makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

Find her website at and follow her on Twitter @lbardugo.

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