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Gideon the Ninth

By Tamsyn Muir
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Publisher Description

Gideon the Ninth is the first book in the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Locked Tomb Series, and one of the Best Books of 2019 according to NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, BookPage, Shelf Awareness, BookRiot, and Bustle!

WINNER of the 2020 Locus Award and Crawford Award
Finalist for the 2023 Hugo Award for Best Series!
Finalist for the 2020 Hugo, Nebula, Dragon, and World Fantasy Awards

“Unlike anything I’ve ever read. ” —V.E. Schwab

“Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space!” —Charles Stross

“Deft, tense and atmospheric, compellingly immersive and wildly original.” —The New York Times

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense.

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

BOOK 1: Gideon the Ninth
BOOK 2: Harrow the Ninth
BOOK 3: Nona the Ninth
BOOK 4: Alecto the Ninth

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

434 Reviews

Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face“This. Was. SO. Good. SO GOOD.”
Likable charactersDescriptive writingFunny writingFast-pacedTwistyUnpredictableDark setting
Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face“I saw someone describe this as “horror fantasy comedy set in space where the comedy is specially the tumblr branch of comedy” which is just incredibly accurate. I’ve never felt so connected to a character then betrayed and heart broken. Thanks! 😀”
Likable charactersMulti-layered charactersAddictiveTwisty
Thumbs Up“Loved the world building on this - the bone magic combined with everyday objects, like plastic and sunglasses, was very interesting. Got a little lost with all of the characters having multiple names, but that would have been easy to resolve if I hadn’t been listening to the audiobook. Author left some loose ends undone to leave room for a sequel, which was a little annoying but not a huge deal. Marketed as lesbian romance but not a single concrete lesbian relationship, that was a little cringe”
Colorful personalitiesHeroic figuresMulti-layered charactersOriginal charactersComplexTwistyCreative settingDisappointing romanceRushed ending
Loudly Crying Face“Word salad or a book. Felt like they were trying too hard to write something relatable but also grimdank. Something similar already exists, it's called Warhammer 40k. But I guess this book has more lesbian love”
Original charactersFunny writingAction-packedCreative settingDark settingFuturisticMagical setting
Thinking Face“I strrruggled to make it through this book. So much that if I hadn't finished it by tomorrow, I was going to add it to my 1 book DNF list. But, I hunkered down and toughed it out hoping this book would grab me. I'll admit that the last 100 pages was pretty epic on the battle scene. The monster reminded me of Stranger Things and the "squishy", "splatter" descriptions had my stomach churning. That was cool. Gideon sounds like someone I could be friends with, but this book was not a win for me.”
Colorful personalitiesWitty banterAction-packedHaunting

About Tamsyn Muir

TAMSYN MUIR is the bestselling author of the Locked Tomb Series. Her fiction has won the Locus and Crawford awards, and been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Dragon Award, and the Eugie Foster Memorial Award. A Kiwi, she has spent most of her life in Howick, New Zealand, with time living in Waiuku and central Wellington. She currently lives and works in Oxford, in the United Kingdom

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