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Entertainment Leigh Bardugo makes adult debut in dark fantasy 'Ninth House'

02:30  10 october  2019
02:30  10 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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" Ninth House " is as much a fantasy murder-mystery as it is an exploration of white privilege, corruption, misogyny and trauma. Bardugo highlights the vast gap between the lower-income neighborhoods that surround the campus and the toxic wealth hoarding of the school's most privileged

Leigh Bardugo was born to write adult books. Ninth House is a book about strange, dark magic, power Alex has a supernatural ability which makes her a unique society member of Lethe House. Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the

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Fans of Leigh Bardugo's young adult work will recognize her artistic prose, cutting and witty characters and dark fantasy world building in her first adult novel, "Ninth House" (Flatiron, 480 pp., ★★★½ out of four stars).

Bardugo is an acclaimed fantasy novelist, whose YA work "Shadow and Bone" is being adapted into a highly anticipated Netflix series. Those not familiar with Bardugo, or even YA literature, will still be delighted by this dark novel.

Set on the campus of Yale, "Ninth House" imagines that the school's secret societies are no longer just boys clubs but groups that create dark magic to manipulate stock markets and The New York Times bestseller list, see into the future and more. Alex Stern is a freshman when she enters Yale’s dangerous Lethe House, one of nine secret societies that practice magic; it polices the other houses on campus.

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Leigh Bardugo has built new and unrecognizable worlds full of evil, darkness and monsters in her best-selling young adult novels. But in her adult debut , she presents a more frightening premise — a bone-chilling story that brings dark magic to our own world. Ninth House , out Oct.

Ninth House . 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 “Mesmerizing… Bardugo ’s New Haven is plausible and frightening, and I was one rapt reader.”

Alex is not another privileged student from a wealthy or even middle-class family. In fact, Alex would have never entered Lethe House or even stepped into the Ivy League world if not for the fact that she can see ghosts, or “Greys,” as they are called. If anything, Alex would have been another victim of the opioid epidemic if the members of Lethe had never found her in the hospital and invited her to Yale.

She is mentored by Darlington, a upperclassman who trains Alex in the dark arts until he mysteriously disappears at the end of her first semester. If that wasn’t bad enough, just as the spring semester starts, a young lower-income woman from New Haven, Connecticut, is discovered dead on campus. As part of Lethe House, Alex must investigate whether the murder and disappearance of Darlington have anything to do with the magic that lurks on campus.

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Excerpt from Ninth House , by Leigh Bardugo . Early Spring. By the time Alex managed to get the blood out of her good wool coat, it was too warm to wear it. Alex had discovered the pamphlet of Lethe House guidelines sometime in the blurred weeks after the incident at the mansion on Orange.

NINTH HOUSE By Leigh Bardugo . When a writer sets a fantasy novel in our dusty old real world This is Bardugo ’s first adult book, but her young adult novels aren’t lacking for horniness or For any audience, Bardugo makes unexpectedly strong rivers of stories, purposed by swift currents of feeling.

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"Ninth House" is as much a fantasy murder-mystery as it is an exploration of white privilege, corruption, misogyny and trauma. Bardugo highlights the vast gap between the lower-income neighborhoods that surround the campus and the toxic wealth hoarding of the school's most privileged students. New Haven itself is a character in the novel, one that never willingly bends to magic or wealth even as it drastically changes through gentrification.

The novel alternates between Alex's and Darlington's perspectives from the first semester to the second in Alex’s first year. As Alex sees the opportunity of a safe, more stable life for herself, she might have to trade it all for the truth.

"Ninth House" sometimes loses its characters' voices in the dense plot. The theme of privilege is so interwoven throughout the story that the book challenges readers to examine their own environment without being overtly on the nose. It helps that Alex is a straight-shooting, instinct-driven character who understands the game she is in more than the gamemakers themselves.

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Leigh Bardugo makes her adult fantasy debut with Ninth House -- what's the final grade? But the boundary between YA and adult fantasy is much less important in Ninth House than the boundaries between the mundane and the darkly magical — a line that Bardugo erases with the kind of cackling

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