Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
#1 New York Times Bestseller From the author of Shadow and Bone, now a hit NETFLIX series “Readers will be wowed." –Publishers Weekly (starred review) Wealth. Power. Murder. Magic. The Ivy League is going straight to hell in the sequel to the smash New York Times bestseller Ninth House from #1 bestselling author Leigh Bardugo. "Bardugo’s imaginative reach is brilliant." –Stephen King A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2023 by The New York Times, The Week, Kirkus Reviews, PopSugar, Distractify, Booklist Queen, The Nerd Daily, and more!!Find a gateway to the underworld. Steal a soul out of hell. A simple plan, except people who make this particular journey rarely come back. But Galaxy “Alex” Stern is determined to break Darlington out of purgatory—even if it costs her a future at Lethe and at Yale.Forbidden from attempting a rescue, Alex and Dawes can’t call on the Ninth House for help, so they assemble a team of dubious allies to save the gentleman of Lethe. Together, they will have to navigate a maze of arcane texts and bizarre artifacts to uncover the societies’ most closely guarded secrets, and break every rule doing it. But when faculty members begin to die off, Alex knows these aren’t just accidents. Something deadly is at work in New Haven, and if she is going to survive, she’ll have to reckon with the monsters of her past and a darkness built into the university’s very walls.Thick with history and packed with Bardugo’s signature twists, Hell Bent brings to life an intricate world full of magic, violence, and all too real monsters.
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"Leigh Bardugo is such a master - this is excellent on every level. The world building is rich and unique. The plot is hugely complex, but all the pieces come together in the end. The characters are wonderful, nuanced and deeply flawed and yet you can’t help root for them. I love this series and I’m not even mad that this ended with another cliffhanger. Excellent audio, too, if that’s your thing. "
"This book was as good as 9th House. I consider this series and Six of Crows to be peak Bardugo."
"It’s difficult when the things you loved about a first book in a series are not present in the books that follow, but does that make them “bad”? I think that’s the main debate in when it comes to Hell Bent. The peak behind the curtain into the secret societies of Yale were entirely gone as this story was focused most on the recovery of Darlington and the happenings of Lethe. The time jumps of Ninth House were replaced by a more linear style approach in Hell Bent. The will they, won’t they plot between Darlington and Stern was a heavy burn in this novel which is also very different from book 1. There is less world building in this novel as it is the second so I felt like the story line starts off right from page 1. The differences amongst these novels isn’t what I hoped when I jumped into book 2. There was much less mystery and much more fantasy, but I still enjoyed the story just in a different way and I think it was mostly due to the fact that I was already invested in the characters."
"It was a decent sequel, but everything took too long, it was discouraging. Satisfied with some of the closure but was just okay. May or may not read the third if it does get written. "
"An equally twisty sequel to Ninth House. While cleaning up some of her predecessors’ messes, Alex creates one of her own."
"It was tough to rate this one. I like the book and I would say my true rating is more like three and a half stars but by no means take that as a negative, again, I enjoyed this book. Is it in the elite level? No. Is it in that next level? Not for me but it is very close to it and Bardugo is an absolute gem. I do think the first book was better but I hope we get a third one in short order and I'm very much looking forward to the show. "