Hell Bent: A Novel (Alex Stern #2) (Hardcover)
“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
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.
Praise for Hell Bent
"Thrilling ... fascinating supporting players ... The taut plot, often grisly magic, lavish scene-setting, and wry humor combine to make this just as un-put-downable as the first installment. Readers will be wowed." –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Bardugo doesn’t flinch from the dark sides of magic and human nature….This portrait of a survivor’s dogged determination to accomplish her goal will appeal to readers of dark academia, urban fantasy, and horror.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Vivid, intelligent, and funny at just the right moments, but best of all are the complex characters.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for Ninth House
“Ninth House is the best fantasy novel I’ve read in years, because it’s about real people. Bardugo’s imaginative reach is brilliant, and this story—full of shocks and twists—is impossible to put down.” —STEPHEN KING
“Simultaneously elegant and grotesque, eerie and earthbound . . . Wry, uncanny, original, and, above all, an engrossing, unnerving thriller.” —THE WASHINGTON POST
“Ninth House is the best thing I’ve read in a long time. There’s so much magic here that you’ll begin to feel it seeping into the room around you as you read. . . . Delicious, twisty, and immersive.” —KELLY LINK
“Ninth House rocked my world. I could not get enough of sinewy, ghost-haunted Alex Stern, a heroine for the ages. With a bruised heart and bleeding knuckles, she risks death and damnation—again and again—for the people she cares about. I was cheering her on the whole way, from the first brilliant sentence of this book to the last. More please, Ms. Bardugo.” —JOE HILL
“Leigh Bardugo’s New Haven is plausible and frightening, and I was one rapt reader.” —CHARLAINE HARRIS