Book Review: Ninth House


Maggie Dempewolf, Staff writer

Ninth House is a YA paranormal fantasy novel that is great for anyone who likes the feel of dark academic books.  It was published on October 8th, 2019, by Leigh Bardugo. Leigh Bardugo is also the author of the Shadow and Bone series as well as the Six of Crows duology. 

The story follows Galaxy “Alex” Stern who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. She was raised in Los Angeles by her hippie mother. She had to drop out of school early and ended up stuck in dead-end jobs and dating shady boyfriends. By the age of twenty, she becomes the survivor of a horrific multiple homicide. She thinks that her life is over until she is offered a second chance. 

Alex gets the chance to attend one of the country’s most prestigious schools—Yale—in New Haven, Connecticut. Here, she has become the most unlikely member of the freshman class. At Yale, Alex is part of an organization known as Lethe, which is also known as ninth house. The Ninth house watches over the eight secret societies that deal with dark magic. Alex also has the ability to see Greys, the ghosts of Yale. The members of ninth house don’t know that Alex can possess the spirit of the Greys. Her mentor, a guy from Lethe named Darlington, has gone missing. There was also a murder of a local girl named Tara.

All in all, this book is a very great read. It contains all the dark elements with a bit of magic. This book is perfect for any fantasy or dark magic book lovers.