I am writing this review a minute after finishing Ninth House. All I can say is wow. This is the first Leigh Bardugo book that I have ever read and I am hooked.
Ninth House is Bardugo’s first adult book. The main character is Galaxy “Alex” Stern. Alex can see ghosts so she numbs the experience with drugs and bad choices. She is hospitalized after she survives a homicide that left all of her friends dead. While there she is visited by the president of a Yale secret society, called Lethe. He offers her a job and a full ride to one of the most prestigious universities in America.
As Alex tries to fit into the position, she discovers it is much darker than she ever imagined. The secret societies are made up of influential people that deal with sinister, occult magic that should not be messed with.
I love dark books and this is all I could ask for. It has ghosts, necromancy, elemental magic, and so much more. It also has a good old-fashioned murder mystery. The writing is beyond compare. The first couple of chapters are confusing. You’re thrown into a world with very little description, but as you keep reading your questions are answered. As soon as that question is answered, more questions arise. It was such a great way to build the world. I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what was happening next.
When I only had a hundred pages left, I noticed that I was stalling. I didn’t want this book to end. It ended on a cliff hanger and I am dying to know what happens. I can’t believe I have to wait so long for the next book to be published.