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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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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 Alex Stern is a freshman when she enters Yale’s dangerous Lethe House , one of nine secret societies that practice magic; it polices the

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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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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Ninth House , the first adult novel by YA superstar Leigh Bardugo , is the kind of book that begs to be read at 2 in the morning, under the covers, with a flashlight in your hand and snacks at your elbow. It’s so immersive that, reading it, I felt myself pulled back into the way I used to read as a child, curled up

Bardugo makes the transition from YA superstar to dark adult fantasy with ease, as Ninth House weaves it spine-chilling spell with a sense of ominous foreboding. Multiple homicide, secret societies and some very disturbing occult practices suffuse this electrifying novel, that brings Bardugo to a

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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"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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In bestselling author Leigh Bardugo 's new novel " Ninth House The Ninth House was formed because these eight secret societies - and the societies are very real, although the magic they practice is my invention. BARDUGO : You know, I didn't go in looking to make a statement about those things.

I'd heard lots of great things about Leigh Bardugo from fellow readers but since I don't usually read YA, I hadn't tried anything by her before. Adult . Pitch- dark themes and content. Secret societies. Ghosts and magic are all mixed into real life, giving it a dark appeal and sinister veracity, like a world

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