This novel is one that I have been extremely excited to pick up ever since I heard it was coming out. Leigh Bardugo is an incredible writer and finding out she was coming out with an Adult novel was such an exciting announcement.
This review is part of the Ninth House blog tour put on by Raincoast Books! I’m so thankful they wanted me to be a part of this blog tour, let’s get right into the review!
Ninth House is a novel that talks a lot about trauma and healing. It follows a lot of very hard topics to read about and helps bring the good to the surface throughout. This book definitely was not the easiest to read, for it covered a lot of very dark topics. That being said, the way that Leigh Bardugo was able to portray these dark moments was truly magical and made the read a lot easier for me to get through.
This novel features many trigger warnings. If that is something that you worry about, I would definitely recommend reading through the list I have at the end of this post. The last thing I want is for someone to pick this book up and get triggered by some of the plot points and events.
The plot of this novel followed Galaxy (Alex) Stern and Daniel Arlington (Darlington). We were able to switch back and forth between the past and the present to get a better idea of what was going on and why. Personally, I loved going back and forth and learning little bits and pieces this way. It allowed for the story to really form in my brain.
Leigh Bardugo‘s world building in this novel is something that blew me away. It was perfectly encapsulated into a dark and gritty setting that made the plot points of this novel hit home even harder.
Leigh Bardugo also covers some dark themes throughout this novel. Of course there is the overlaying theme of surviving horrible events in your life, but there is also an incredible discussion of white privilege in this novel that is appreciated. This novel shows the terrifying and dangerous reality that can occur when white privilege (especially in males) is unchallenged.
This novel was one that I didn’t fly through, which is what a lot of readers would say about it. It didn’t grip me until I was a couple hundred pages in, but for Leigh Bardugo’s first adult novel I was very impressed. It took me by surprise with the topics covered and I am definitely excited to see what the next novel in this series brings. It can only get better from here, which is something I always love to see in a series.
Trigger Warnings: rape, PTSD, murder, blood, violence, drug usage, overdoses, sexual assault on video, racism, forced feeding of feces, self-harm, talk of suicide
As always, I thank Raincoast Books for always sending me amazing books and allowing me to be a part of these awesome blog tours. I truly do feel so appreciative!
That concludes my review for Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo!