Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Published: 8 October 2019
Format: Hardback, 459 pages
Synopsis: Galaxy ‘Alex’ Stern is not your average Yale student, she has been given a second chance because of her ability – she’s able to see ghosts. This is an ability that is in high demand for Lethe, a society to hold all the other Houses of the Veil in check. With her mentor away, Alex has to continue to observe and protect but when a girl is murdered on campus, she must get to the bottom of it. With everyone a suspect, who can she trust to help her?
Bardugo’s books always take me a long while to get into and it was no different here. In fact, this one took me longer than I anticipated and it’s difficult for me to pin point why exactly. Perhaps it was the prose – much more adult than her previous works. Perhaps it was the subject matter – I’ve read magic before but the way this book is set out, all the different houses and what their interests are was a lot to get my head around. Perhaps it was the timelines – there are three and it took me longer than I would like to admit to figure that out.
I found the houses and their magics incredibly interesting and it’s not too far a stretch to believe it of a university like Yale either. I don’t know much about the university so maybe that’s why it was enchanting to me. Who could say. One thing for sure, is that I did not get enough Darlington and that could be said for Alex too. We get to know Alex well, we see what makes her tick, what makes her thrive, what she is and isn’t capable of and I would like to have seen the same of Darlington. In some ways we did but I guess I’ll have to wait until the sequel to get my wish.
Alex had spunk (my dad would laugh at that but be better than him) and her dedication within in the book is something to acknowledge. Her life before Yale was dirty and riddled with grime but this helped her a lot I think in getting to the bottom of things. Despite her past, I liked Alex as a sort of/kind of not heroin, she’s not perfect and she gives up trying to be which I can only admire.
I’m docking a star here not because there is anything wrong with the book or the story, it’s 100% me. I was not ready for this book. It’s a dark one, there are plenty of shockers in here that I just simply was not prepared for. I picked it up straight after finishing a middle grade and I did not give myself the right amount of time between the two. This is an incredible book and it’s written so well, I cannot fault it. I just needed a little warning, a little taste before I delved head first into it.
“I want to survive this world that keeps trying to destroy me.”
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