Book Review: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo


I dove into this book very nervous about if I would really like it.  I’m not much into fantasy novels, but I really loved Harry Potter.  When I saw Stephen King reviewed this book and said, “It’s like Harry Potter for adults,” I thought I’d give it a try…

….and I’m SO GLAD I did!

This is a fantastic book that does make you long to re-read Harry’s story.  I really loved the fact that there’s a murder mystery tied into the adventure.  It was slow reading at first, while I was getting my bearings within the story’s world, but once I was fully invested in the story I couldn’t stop turning pages.  The descriptions of the settings and characters are so well done.  I won’t spoil this review with plot points, but there’s a drowning scene that made me literally gasp for breath.  I adore being so invested in a story that I’m feeling it for myself.  Quite amazing!

If you love Harry Potter, you’ll like this one, too!

Purchase your copy here.

Back Cover Copy of Ninth House:

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.

About Leigh Bardugo:

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over three million copies sold worldwide, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and King of Scars–with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of Tor.com and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles. For information on new releases and appearances, sign up for Leigh’s newsletter: http://bit.ly/bardugonews.

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