Review: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Ninth House

3.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: October 8 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Alex Stern #1
Published by Flatiron Books
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang, Michael David Axtell
Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
Pages: 458
Format: Audiobook

“the execution didn’t work for me.”
~ Under the Covers

I’ve wanted to try Leigh Bardugo since forever it seems.  I didn’t jump on the bandwagon early enough and then a lot of the releases where spin-offs or interconnected and I just didn’t have the time or energy to start at the right place.  So when I saw this was coming out, I knew it would be the right place for me to start.

NINTH HOUSE is very slow.  I’ll just put that out there, this is not a fast paced story and by the time I was halfway I felt like a lot of nothing had filled the pages.  We still didn’t really understand things completely.  I can appreciate not having info dump syndrome, but I wish the pacing would’ve been better.  It really diminished my enjoyment of this book.  And it’s an otherwise interesting concept!  Magic involved in secret societies at Ivy League colleges.

There’s many people that loved this story and it may just be a case of “it’s me not you”.  I love mysteries and this one had that in a paranormal setting which should’ve been right up my alley.  But the execution didn’t work for me.  And because of that I really didn’t care much of what happened to our main characters either.

I don’t think I’m invested enough to read the next one but we’ll see what happens when the time comes around.  I may change my mind and give this series a second shot because it does have potential.




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About Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer, and the forthcoming Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Los Angeles, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.


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I read shadow and bone. I liked it enough to put siege and storm on my tbr but I’m in no rush.

If this is that slow then I’ll pass.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Francesca. All the other reviews I’ve seen have been glowing so I appreciate this review even more

Amy R

Thanks for the review, I typically DNF slow moving books.