Alex Stern #1 Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Posted December 20, 2023 by jrsbookr in Audibook Review / 0 Comments

by Leigh Bardugo
Alex Stern #1 Ninth House by Leigh BardugoNinth House Published by Flatiron Books on October 8, 2019
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal, Fiction / Occult & Supernatural, Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
Pages: 448
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From the author of Shadow and Bone, now a hit NETFLIX series

The smash New York Times bestseller from Leigh Bardugo, a mesmerizing tale of power, privilege, and dark magic set among the Ivy League elite.

"The best fantasy novel I’ve read in years, because it’s about real people....Impossible to put down." —Stephen King

Goodreads Choice Award Winner
Locus Finalist

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.

Don't miss the highly-anticipated sequel, Hell Bent.


Ninth House has been on my list for a while as I am a huge fan of Leigh Bardugo Grisha’s Verse and Six of Crows; my hesitation came when an author moved from Young Adult writing to Adult writing. It is not always a good choice. In Leigh Bardugo’s case, she did an outstanding job. I think what made this work so well was that in interviews, she wrote about a place she had been to a place she knew about.
Alex Stern is one of the main characters and is recruited to a secret Society from Yale called the Lehe. They monitor other societies that practice magic. Alex gets in because she can see ghosts (greys in this world). Alex is thrown in the deep end when one of her fellow members goes missing, and there is a local murder to deal with as well.
Leigh Bardugo pulls you into a twisting, turning plot that alternates between past and present. Alex Stern is a gritty character who is determined to get justice for events that may be triggering for some readers—trigger warnings: violence, rape, drug abuse, abuse mental and physical.

About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ninth House and the creator of the Grishaverse (now a Netflix original series) which spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology, the King of Scars duology—and much more. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She lives in Los Angeles and is an associate fellow of Pauli Murray College at Yale University.