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Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
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Gideon the Ninth

by Tamsyn Muir

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Series: Locked Tomb Trilogy (1)

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"Unlike anything I've ever read. " --V.E. Schwab "Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space!" --Charles Stross 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.… (more)
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Gideon The Ninth
by Tamsyn Muir
2019
Tor
4.0 / 5.0

Gideon the Ninth was a fantastic story, but it will definitely not appeal to everyone's taste. It's a

book for people who dare to imagine. The writing style is unusual, but endearing to the book once you get use to it. There was a point I almost gave up, the following two chapters changed my mind. So glad I did not give up.

Gideon the Ninth begins when Gideon, a lesbian necromancer, decides to leave behind her life of servitude in a nunnery and her afterlife as a living skeleton, and prepares to make her escape. The Emperor needs a new necromancer, and because of her legendary sword skills is invited to a sword fight. The Emperor has invited the heir to each of the Houses to a sword fight that cannot be won without wisdom and skill. Harrowhawk is the Reverend daughter of the Ninth House and is a witch. She want to become immortal and all-powerful at the Resurrection, but she cannot win without a cavalier. Without Gideons sword she will fail. The Ninth house will no longer exist.

The plot thickens when we learn that each of the Nine houses have a door. Behind each door are studies that contain notes on the theorum. The notes combined form a megatheorum, a key needed to the secrets of the Lyctorhood, who are responsible for the disappearance of people from different houses. Gideon must avoid the living skeletons, ready to attack and always be ready for masterful sword fighting, if she wants to survive, and gather enough information to unlock the tomb, and stay Harrowhawks cavalier.

Will she succeed??

Worth the read. A stunning ending.... ( )
  over.the.edge | Jan 13, 2020 |
It's so good! The world-building, the characters, the mystery - it's all great. ( )
  g33kgrrl | Jan 13, 2020 |
Intriguing start to a series.
  bookczuk | Dec 27, 2019 |
This book is great - it has an interesting mystery, wonderful characters, has no great moral message, and is just an overall wonderful adventure story.

Plot is basically necromancers in space - add in a interesting social divisions, and a bunch of devious heirs intent on winning a seat with undying empire. The story shouldn't work, but it does. Its due to the tight writing by the author, as well as characters who are more than they whats on paper. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Dec 14, 2019 |
Was hoping I'd like this more than I did. ( )
  capiam1234 | Dec 5, 2019 |
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Tamsyn Muirprimary authorall editionscalculated
Arnold, TommyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quirk, MoiraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stafford-Hill, JamieCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Two is for discipline, heedless of trial;
Three for the gleam of a jewel or a smile;
Four for fidelity, facing ahead;
Five for tradition and debts to the dead;
Six for the truth over solace in lies;
Seven for beauty that blossoms and dies;
Eight for salvation no matter the cost;
Nine for the Tomb, and for all that was lost.
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In the myriadic year of our lord—the ten thousandth year of the King Undying, the kindly Prince of Death!—Gideon Nav packed her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and she escaped from the House of the Ninth.
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