Title: Ninth House
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publication Date: 2019
Publishing House: Flatiron Books
Synopsis from Goodreads
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. By age twenty, in fact, 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 elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
This book starts out odd and to be honest I was a little confused as to what was going but as things begin to unravel this book becomes addicting. The story and the characters are full of secrets. Some ancient and some new. Bardugo begins this narrative in medias res, in the middle, like an epic.
Galaxy is a fighter, the start is her low point. Which as her history unfolds it becomes clear that breaking her takes a lot to reach. I really love the little bits of Darlington that we get and hope that there is more of him in the rest of the series. Yes, this is supposed to be book one of a series but I think its holds its own as a stand alone book if need be.
Things I really like and did not know. The secret societies in this book are real, although the real ones probably have less to do with magic than their Ninth House counterparts, probably. Bardogo’s details as to the magic performed by each society is fantastic, unique, beautiful, and disturbing. Things I didn’t like not much. The book is not perfect but it all works together well.
I suggest this book to fans of urban fantasy, for those that enjoy secrets, and for fans of Leigh Bardugo. Happy reading!