Book Review: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Spoiler-Free Review of Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo’s first adult fantasy book is a fantastic start of a new series with dark fantasy and dark academia vibes. 

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The World

Ninth House is a world of secret societies at Yale. The story begins slowly for the first hundred pages or so, but then it quickly picks up the pace.

I can see why the introduction was required, but it would have been nice to have jumped into a quicker pace a little earlier on. The attention to detail is fantastic, though, bringing to life this eerily dark setting. 

Twists and Turns

The plot is thoroughly enjoyable! There were twists and turns I didn’t see coming, and others I had a lot of fun theorising about – some I guessed right, but mostly I was wrong – I am terrible at this sort of thing!

Alex was a fantastic main character. I really enjoyed following her as she explored and was thrown into this world of secret societies.

Overall I would definitely recommend Ninth House to fantasy readers. You might think that this book will be very YA like Bardugo’s previous works, but that is not the case. This is suitable for any adult fantasy fan.

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  1. Yes!! I read this on kindle first, but then ordered the hardback at the 50% mark because I was having such a good time and just HAD to have it on my shelves!

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