Ninth House

Flatiron: Macmillan. Oct. 2019. 480p. ISBN 9781250313072. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250313089. FANTASY
Galaxy “Alex” Stern woke up in the hospital after an overdose to learn two things: that she was the only survivor of an unsolved bloody multiple homicide and that because of her ability to see ghosts, she was being offered a spot in Yale’s freshmen class, provided she join Lethe, the clandestine group that monitors the school’s eight secret societies. In this highly anticipated adult debut from YA author Bardugo (Six of Crows), each group specializes in a discipline of the occult, from necromancy to divination, and the members of Lethe are responsible for making sure their activities don’t harm anyone, inside or outside of the societies. Alex feels overwhelmed by everything—her Lethe duties, her schoolwork, how to act around people her age—when two things occur: a local girl is murdered and Darlington, her mentor, disappears into a portal to…somewhere. Disturbed by how lightly people seem to be treating the girl’s murder, Alex pushes to find out what happened to her and Darlington, uncovering rot, corruption, and some answers to her own history along the way.
VERDICT Demand alone would necessitate purchasing multiple copies in all formats, but this is genuinely terrific. The worldbuilding is rock solid, the plot is propulsive, and readers will be clamoring for a sequel as soon as they read the last page. [See Prepub Alert, 4/1/19.]
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