Gideon the Ninth
Books | Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
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 AwardFinalist 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 TimesThe 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.THE LOCKED TOMB SERIESBOOK 1: Gideon the NinthBOOK 2: Harrow the NinthBOOK 3: Nona the NinthBOOK 4: Alecto the NinthAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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"I'm a character reader driven by character over plot. I consider the interplay between Gideon and Harrow to be top notch similar to Locke and Jean in Scott Lynch books. Also, appreciated all the snark from Gideon. Gideon is one of my top female characters in fantasy along with Liz Beth Salender. The necromancy and bone construct theme was welcome as this is not a common trope in Fantasy books. Wish I paid a little more attention in my hs biology class to better understand bone constructs."
"this book is great for deep fantasy lovers, but as someone who isn't super into fantasy i found it hard to stay invested and there were so many characters it was confusing to keep track of and i kept forgetting who was who. the jokes were a little bit corny bur i appreciate the art of the novel, maybe just not for me!"
"This book was a great read. It was difficult to get into since you’re thrown into a completely alien world with little guidance. Writing was very specific and detailed which made it difficult to figure out what was going on even with an understanding of the world. But with patience and close reading the story turned out to be an amazing one. Good enough to make me read the second book, but can honestly be left as a stand-alone if you prefer it!! "
"I just finished Gideon the Ninth and I’m kind of freaking out??? It was so good??? Idk about y’all but as a queer woman I was starting to think that maybe because of internal and external sexism I would never find a queer female character that I would love and connect with and now I have (2) two!!! Like the world building? The characters? The romance? Ahhhhh!!! My copy of Harrow the Ninth is already on hold at two libraries lol. No questions just needed to outpour some love for this bad baby"
"Just finished Gideon the Ninth and I think this might be my favorite bit of queer female rep ever??? Idk but usually I feel like queer females and their relationships are super boring and underdeveloped, this was the first time it included two characters that I love and am invested in. I’m really jazzed about it!!!!"
"WHAT???? What???? First of all.. que??? Wow I LOVE GIDEON, she is the embodiment of every millennial that is tired of living through historic events in one lifetime. She’s just a body in the masses that constitute the Ninth House, the Locked Tomb which makes up one of the Emperor’s 9 houses in his kingdom. They all have different skills to offer and therefore different purposes within the kingdom. But Gideon doesn’t care, she wants out of the Locked nursing home and in her attempt to escape for the umpteenth time her plan goes to hell in a bone basket weaved by Harrow. the Reverend Daughter with secrets deeper than the Locked Tomb itself, the it girl with necromantic powers unmatched. Once again, ruining Gideon’s attempt to freedom offers a sweet deal that isn’t really a deal at all. Help her answer the Emperor’s summon, become her second hand, her other half, and see her through the challenges she will grant Gideon freedom. So starts a battle reminiscent of Hunger Games as the houses all answer the Emperor’s summons. But through challenges Harrow and Gideon go from opposing camps to one team and we learn so much about them, why Harrow is who she is, and the mystery surrounding Gideon’s existence in the Ninth. My brain is fried because Tamsyn Muir really did me dirty in the best way. I cannot do this book justice in reviewing without spoiling, but I just want you to know that I cried, I laughed and thoroughly enjoyed myself reading this. I have never cheered harder for a redhead who with a skull painted on her face and aviator shades took on an entire empire with one flesh and one end. "