Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo | Review

“Mors irrumat omnia. Death fucks us all.”





Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippe 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.


I don’t even know where to start with this review. As you can tell from my rating I did not enjoy it in the slightest, but I don’t really have much to say about it. As an author Leigh Bardugo unfortunately is not one of my favourites but I really wanted to give her adult fantasy book a go to see if this would change my mind. It did not.

Writing this review makes me nervous because I have seen so many positive ones and 5 star reviews that I just feel like maybe I am completely missing the point of this book.

Let’s start with what I did enjoy. This book is dark maybe not as dark as people make out but it is dark and should be approached with some level of caution. I did enjoy the idea of the book and the gruesome scenes, as I’m disturbed. Thats where my enjoyment ended.

I feel like  the world and the writing style was complicated for the sake of being complicated. Yes, adult fantasy needs to be more complex. But not complex to the point where the reader hasn’t got a clue what is going on. I literally lost it a couple of chapters in and didn’t really pick it up from there. I mean I know the basic plot, and the basis of the magic system but it ends there. I felt myself reading chapter after chapter and not actually understanding what is happening and why things are happening.

Ninth house is so unnecessarily long. I found myself skim reading the last 100 pages just so I could find out about Darlington (the only character remotely interesting to me) and even that ended up disappointing me. I can’t really remember what else happened so I’m going to leave it there. I am really disappointed and won’t be carrying on with the series.

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