Ninth House

Ninth House

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Galaxy "Alex" Stern is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. 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? Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale's secret societies. 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.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250313072
Characteristics: 458 pages :,map ;,25 cm.

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trickbag22
Dec 05, 2019

A tale of magical intrigue and ancient societies thriving in an Ivy League college. I always suspected those in power had secret knowledge. Cannot wait for the next book in this series

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 02, 2019

Leigh Bardugo's mystery/urban fantasy entry into adult fiction features a tough heroine with a dark backstory. Will definitely be reading sequels!

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midori_hon
Nov 26, 2019

some people took 'umbridge' with stephen king's endorsement of ninth house as 'harry potter for grownups.' to them i say, did you actually read the book? this is not a grisha book and would be an R-rated movie if adapted.
goodreads has it tagged as 'new adult,' which is perfect. 'New Adult fiction bridges the gap between Young Adult and Adult genres. It typically features protagonists between the ages of 18 and 25 with the cap at 30ish...New adult is typically considered a subcategory of adult literature rather than young adult literature.'
ninth house is dark, profane, violent, creepy, and exciting. it's like eating a hearty stew that has been simmering for hours. a melding of earthy root vegetables, bits of wild meat, then you learn the underlying note you can't identify is ...blood.
alex/galaxy is a wonderful protagonist; i can't wait for her next adventure.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Nov 20, 2019

This book, first and foremost, has a great premise: take the famous secret societies at Yale, but make them magical. (But not, like, fun magic! Creepy magic! MURDER-Y magic!) It also has a great, dark, complicated, surprising heroine in Alex Stern. Fans of Bardugo's YA books -- which are excellent, but undoubtedly grim at times -- won't be surprised to learn that her adult debut is dark and gory and creepy and imaginative and smart and complex, all at once. This was incredibly atmospheric, really well-written... and I need the sequel now, please.

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westiegrrl
Nov 16, 2019

This was a terrific, edge-of-the-seat fantasy thriller. I loved that it was set at Yale among the secret societies. (Having grown up in New Haven, I found it extra meaningful, especially the depictions of town/gown interactions and the way the Yalies take advantage of townies with impunity.) I loved the depiction of these societies as being not only privileged, but also menacing and that each house has a specific type of magic that they are known for and that their practices are for their own empowerment and enrichment. I can't wait for the sequel! Both Alex Stern and the New Haven police department detective who reluctantly has her back to the possible detriment of his career, are marvelous characters. My only quibble is that I now have to wait for the sequel...

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cnsreader
Nov 03, 2019

“The Ancient Eight”. The Houses of the Veil. There is a Ninth House, The House of Lethe, whose job is to keep the other Houses in line. There are places in this world that magic avoids and places it is drawn to, New Haven has an extremely high concentration of sites where magic seems to catch and build.

Galaxy Stern has lived a rough life. She is the sole survivor of a horrific unsolved multiple murders. She is offered a second chance to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. She is tasked by her benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. She soon learns that their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than anybody has thought.

This book is filled with magic. It’s a tale of power, privilege and dark magic. I really enjoyed this one. The ending leaves one with the hope that we may read more of Ms. Stern and her adventures sometime in the future. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

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Missmrecommends
Oct 31, 2019

Love her other books but not this. Skates too close to horror and has all the usual hallmarks of the off-to-college outsider. This is only an adult novel in the sense of movie ratings, for sex and profanity. Otherwise it's just a dressed-up coming-of-age novel, Carrie redux. Disappointed.

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Katie_Dublin
Oct 16, 2019

Great introduction to a new magical world. If magic were real, this is the unsanitized version of what would actually happen. Can't wait for more in this series!

DCLadults Oct 10, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. A mesmerizing debut of power, privilege, dark magic, and murder set among the Ivy League elite at Yale University. And Yale has secret societies where young girls die. Perfect for Halloween and beyond.

debwalker Oct 08, 2019

Barnes & Noble book club pick for October 2019.

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