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Tamsyn Muir

Author of Gideon the Ninth

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Works by Tamsyn Muir

Associated Works

The Time Traveller's Almanac (2013) — Contributor — 537 copies
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five (2013) — Contributor — 118 copies
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Eight (2016) — Contributor — 104 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013 Edition (2013) — Contributor — 62 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2016 Edition (2016) — Contributor — 56 copies
Zombies: More Recent Dead (2014) — Contributor — 54 copies


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This was my first science fantasy book ever - and oh, I was not disappointed! I had so much fun reading this.

This is the story of Gideon Nav, who lives in the Dominicus star system in the Ninth House. Being an indentured servant, she constantly tries to escape, only to have her last attempt foiled by Harrowhark, the Ninth House heiress, who is about to compete to become an immortal necromancer and a right hand of the Emperor. What results is them traveling to a crumbling palace, where, with members of seven other houses, they must work together to solve the mystery and discover the secrets of the Lyctors, or immortal necromancers.

There was such a unique voice and I loved Gideon and Harrow and their dynamic so much. I found myself chuckling at some of the things they said - which doesn’t happen often!

It took me awhile to understand all the worldbuilding, but much of it is explained in further detail after the Epilogue. I didn’t connect much with the side characters - I felt like I didn’t know them that well even though they were quite present in the story, so it didn’t matter to me much when some of them met their fates.

Still, the ending took me by surprise and the climactic battle was fun to read, and it leaves several questions unanswered which I assume will be addressed in the sequel.

Looking forward to reading part 2 in this trilogy!
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galian84 | 164 other reviews | Dec 1, 2023 |
4.5 - this book took me a minute to get into but once I did, I loved it. It’s dark, but also funny. Gideon is an extremely likable albeit morally grey character, and by the end of the book I actually started liking Harrowhark. I’m glad I already picked up Harrow the Ninth because I can’t wait to start it.
mancinibo | 164 other reviews | Nov 30, 2023 |
I am distraught. I just wanted my ladies to find peace. Now I'm stck with Jod and Paul and what happened to Noodle? I probably need another read through. I definitely need more time to stew.

But what I want is Alecto.
embly | 29 other reviews | Nov 4, 2023 |
I loved this book. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, all wrapped up into a delicious story. The last 50 pages are like mainlining adrenaline. I can’t wait to read the next one.
cdaley | 164 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |



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