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Author of ‘Six of Crows’ Releases New Adult Fantasy Novel

Leigh Bardugo is an incredible YA author famously known for her immersive worlds and cast of diverse, interesting characters. Her previous YA fantasy series include the Grisha trilogy, King of Scars, and the popular Six of Crows duology. Set in a world known as the Grishaverse in which different Grisha possess magical powers under different orders of magic—The Order of the Living and the Dead, the Order of Summoners, and the Order of Fabrikators—Leigh Bardugo created fictional countries with such unique cultures and locations that they almost seemed believable. And let’s not forget how much we all fell in love with Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. Amidst the buzz about Shadow and Bone, the first book in the Grisha trilogy, coming to Netflix, Bardugo has decided to dive into a new realm of magic by penning her first adult novel.

 

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Bardugo’s new novel, titled Ninth Houseseems to be the first book set outside the Grishaverse. And this setting might be slightly more familiar to us—it’s New Haven, Connecticut. The book follows a Yale freshman with a bad past, Alex Stern. She was raised by a hippie mom and dropped out of school to mess around with drug dealer boyfriends and bad jobs. It’s unlikely that she would end up at Yale, but when she becomes the only survivor of a multiple homicide, Alex is offered a full ride to one of the most prestigious universities. Alex’s benefactors instruct her to monitor the suspicious activities of the secret societies within Yale, and she soon discovers that these societies are more sinister than one might expect. The Yale societies are made up of prominent rich and powerful figures who conduct occult activities and forbidden magic in windowless clubhouses referred to as “tombs.”

 

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Bardugo, a graduate of Yale herself, says that she’s had the idea for Ninth House since her first day in New Haven as a student. The book’s release date is October 8th, and Bardugo says, “October is the perfect time for sinister tales, and I hope you’ll find Ninth House to be thrilling, eerie, funny, and maybe a little unnerving.”

It’ll be interesting to see how Leigh Bardugo makes the switch from young adult fiction to adult fiction. Her books have certainly dealt with dark themes surrounding magic before, and they’ve always held a particular air of maturity for YA books. Still, maybe Ninth House will be even more mature now that Bardugo is incorporating some of her own experiences. It also makes you wonder just what Leigh Bardugo experienced at Yale to imagine their secret societies as something occult. But what even are the Yale secret societies? Does her fantastical interpretation have any weight?

 

 

Each Yale secret society is small and only allows fifteen members or so. As is to be expected, it’s almost impossible to find information about these societies or what they do, but many of them also have impressive amounts of wealth. Yale has forty-one secret societies that we know about, each with menacing names like Berzelius, Skull and Bones, Book and Snake, Wolf’s Head, and Scroll and Key. With names like Skull and Bones, why shouldn’t we be suspicious? Skull and Bones is probably the most famous secret society and its alumni include William Howard Taft, President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, and former Secretary of State John Kerry. Most of the societies’ alumni seem to be involved in political or financial positions of power… possibly bargained for by occult means? The architectural style of the tomb-like, windowless clubhouses was designed with privacy in mind, so we may never really know what goes on inside.

 

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After a few break-ins to the “tombs,” the floor plan of the original Skull and Bones building was published and it seemed like a fairly normal clubhouse. Nonetheless, who knows what the members of the societies could be concealing behind hidden walls and doors? Maybe Bardugo discovered something in her time at Yale and is finally revealing the dark, supernatural truth.

With a mix of such creepy rumors surrounding the Yale societies in real life and Bardugo’s thrilling, intense writing style, Ninth House is sure to be an amazing first adult fantasy novel for this author.

 

 

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Two Dark Fantasy Duologies to Binge This Weekend

No plans this weekend? Not the type to go outside? We can relate. Make the best of the weekend for real by binging these duologies. Nothing says relaxation like high stakes magic.

 

Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom

 

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I love a good heist, and this is better than most. Set in the lush universe popularized by Shadow and Bone, this follow up stands on its own legs, and is a great entry to the series. Meet the Dregs, a bunch of street urchin weirdos with just the right skills to pull off an impossible heist in the heart of a hostile state. The characters are so real that you feel you could bump into them on the street, the plot is meticulously executed, and the magic is both grounded and vibrant. It’ll be your new fave.

 

 

The Orphan Queen & The Mirror King

 

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Revolution, dictatorships, secret identities, and a magic system so brutal and so inescapable it shakes the very ground on which the world is built. All the threats feel close, pressing. The characters are multidimensional, living, complex. This is a deeply alarming pair of novels, but despite the dark plot points, the writing is light and compulsively readable. These are entertaining books, and frequently very funny. If you like seeing sense prevail, and survival against dire odds, dive into this truly original world.

 

 

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This Interactive Short Story Will Make You Feel Things

Ever wanted to choose your own profound and horrifying sci-fi adventure? This article is for you.

“With Those We Love Alive” is a strange, deeply atmospheric short story, told a few pieces at a time. You are an artificer, drawn into the service of the Skull Queen. The magic is strange and tangible, and though you don’t see much of the world, you get an impression of its vastness. Live the luminous sense of listless terror made ambiance through the simple but powerful backgrounds, the eerie soundtrack, and the world’s uneasy details. Wander the palace and the city. Look on the outer world. You will be prompted to hold your breath. Look. Look away. Draw all over yourself (cue weird looks from the rest of the editorial team).

 

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You make many choices, shape the world, or does it shape you? The pull of the plot is inexorable, subtle. This is a land of monsters, of gruesome beauty, and unlike any fantasy world you’ve ever seen. You will come to feel trapped. You will come to realize you are terribly in love. With a sense of both choice and inevitability, walk through this place, the palace of the Skull Queen, her city, and see what it makes you. Find an ending as sudden and vibrant as the rest of the story, and etch each choice into your skin.

Eerie, gorgeous, and coolly violent, this story will stay with you long after the sigils you’re instructed to draw have faded.

Things you’ll need: headphones, a marker or pen.

See other people’s sigils here.

 

New Images Released for Netflix’s Adaptation of ‘The Witcher!’

After a very long production cycle, the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher is finally ready to debut sometime later this year. The show will star Henry Cavill, the British actor famous for playing Superman in Man of Steel, in the lead role as the titular Witcher: Geralt of Rivia. The series is an adaptation of The Witcher series of novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski centering around the adventures of Geralt in the fantasy world of an unnamed continent inhabited by elves, dwarves, and other races living alongside humans. Geralt was trained at a young age, gifted supernatural powers and skills in order to slay deadly monsters that roam the land. The books have had a cult following worldwide and have been adapted into a series of best selling video games.

 

So far, there have been eight books in The Witcher series, three stand alone tales while the rest revolve around a story arc concerning a girl named Ciri, a child of destiny who is wanted by supernatural forces for her power and whom Geralt must protect. Netflix debuted the first poster and a few preview images for the series, showcasing Henry Cavill’s Geralt along with a few other characters from the series, such as the sorceress Yennefer and Ciri. Check them out below!

 

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While obviously just teaser images, the poster and images are extremely exciting. Geralt’s appearance looks extremely close to the actual games, bringing the grittiness we’ve come to expect from the character. In addition, the looks of Yennefer and Ciri feel close to the spirit of the original works while being slightly altered for this adaptation of the source material. Overall, these images are extremely exciting and we can’t wait to see these characters on our screens when the series debuts sometime in the fall. Netflix also released the official longline for the series, which also sounds very exciting:

Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a dangerous secret, the three must learn to navigate the increasingly volatile Continent together.

Fantasy fans, this one is a must see! How do you like this teaser? Are you excited for The Witcher’s debut? Let us know in the comments!

 

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New Game from George R.R. Martin Revealed at E3!

It is a dream come true for fans of Game of Thrones and video games! George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware, an acclaimed video game developer who has created games such as Dark SoulsBloodborneand Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice are teaming up to create an original video game title! The game, according to Forbesdebuted on June 9th at Microsoft’s press conference, debuting in a frankly epic looking teaser trailer. It’s pretty vague, with little to none of the story actually revealed but the imagery is nonetheless extremely striking. The trailer showcases a man hammering on a magic ring, shattering it into pieces, as beautifully designed fantasy characters populate a blasted and ruined landscape. The sky is burning. A man is wrapped in dozens of disembodied arms. It looks surreal, weird, and utterly striking at the same time.

 

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According to ComicBook Hidetaka Miyazaki, the direct of Elden Ring, spoke to Xbox Wire about the project. He revealed he and his studio were a huge fan of George R.R. Martin’s work. They expected to be shot down when he reached out to Martin to collaborate but Martin accommodated his request to speak and signed onto Elden Ring. The two of them hashed out the game’s world, with Martin himself having been revealed to work on the ‘overarching mythos’ and lore of the game’s complicated history. Knowing his skill for world building and narrative development, this is a very cool reveal. Miyazaki himself described Martin’s world as thus:

“…Full of interesting characters and drama. It’s also packed with mystical and mysterious elements. Elden Ring’s world was constructed using this mythos and stimulus as a base. Even I myself find it hard to contain my excitement from time to time. We hope that everyone else is looking forward to the world we have created.”

The game doesn’t have a release date yet but it is scheduled to be released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. We can’t wait to see the new world George R.R. Martin has helped create! Are you excited?

 

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