Leigh Bardugo has proven herself in the field of YA: Both books in her most recent series, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best seller list, and her Grisha trilogy was a best seller before that, as well.
Now, Bardugo will write her first two adult novels with Random House, the publisher announced Tuesday. Her new series, according to the release, follows “a 20-year-old California high school dropout with a criminal past who is mysteriously offered a second chance as a Yale University freshman. Once in New Haven, Alex Stern is charged with monitoring Yale’s secret societies, whose occult activities are revealed to be more sinister than any paranoid fantasy.” The first book in the series is called Ninth House, and follows Alex through freshman year.
“This story has been haunting me since I first set foot in New Haven almost twenty years ago,” Bardugo — a Yale alum herself and also former member of a secret society on campus, says in a statement. “I love writing or young adults and I intend to keep doing it, but there are different places I want to go with this novel. It isn’t a coming of age story. Alex has lived a lot of lives before we meet her.”
No publication date has yet been announced.