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“Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House, by Leigh Bardugo, is a captivating mystery novel that delves into the secrets of ancient magic, power and privilege. It intertwines a gripping story with complex characters and unpredictable mysteries.

This thrilling book is sure to keep readers enthralled from beginning to end.

Plot Summary

Ninth House follows the story of Alex Stern, a young woman who has been given a second chance at life by being offered the chance to attend Yale University for free. She is hired to monitor the eight secret societies at Yale that practice dark magic and rituals.

As Alex navigates her way through this dangerous world of power and privilege, she soon discovers that there are sinister forces at work and must find out who or what is behind them before it is too late.


The protagonist of Ninth House, Alex Stern, makes for an interesting character. While she has had a difficult past and been dealt some tough cards in life, her determination and strong will help her overcome any obstacle that comes her way.

Alongside her is Darlington, Alex’s mysterious guide in the secret societies of Yale. He provides insight into this world of dark magic as well as protection for Alex when she needs it most.

The antagonists of the novel are varied and unpredictable; they range from powerful individuals to unknown entities with mysterious agendas.

Writing Style

The writing style of Leigh Bardugo in Ninth House truly brings the story to life; she creates vivid landscapes with lush descriptions and creates suspenseful moments with intense dialogue between characters.

The balance between action-packed scenes and slower-paced investigative ones helps to create tension throughout the novel as readers anticipate what will come next in this thrilling mystery novel.


Overall, Ninth House provides an engrossing read filled with mystery and intrigue that will keep readers captivated until the very last page.

Between its compelling plot, intriguing characters and smooth writing style, Leigh Bardugo once again proves why she is one of today’s top authors with this riveting novel.

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