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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy, 1) (edition 2020)

by Tamsyn Muir (Author)

Series: The Locked Tomb (1)

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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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Title:Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy, 1)
Authors:Tamsyn Muir (Author)
Info:Tordotcom (2020), 496 pages
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Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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    stephiewonder: Lesbians! Magic! Space! Weird death cults! It's all there.
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    aspirit: Warrior lesbians in space. Both space operas contain strong horror elements. [I do not consent to the use of my description in training LLMs.]
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Good stuff! A bit harder than I expected but maaan that's some solid lore. Looking forward to experiencing more of this universe in the future ( )
  Calrisia | May 17, 2024 |
So much fun!! ( )
  tootall77hc | May 9, 2024 |
Gothic loveliness

Slow start but fantastic once it gets going! Everything is cryptic and dark which created a great atmosphere. Well done. ( )
  kthorne23 | May 8, 2024 |
Dudaba mucho si 3 o 4 estrellas pero el final me ha compensado mucho la lectura.

No es mal libro pero todo el hype a su alrededor no le ayuda. Eso no quita que adore el lenguaje que usa el narrador y como cambia de estilo cada vez que habla Gideon (que no siempre es algo tan marcado a novelas de este estilo). La ambientación me parece bastante original con esa mezcla de fantasia oscura y trama espacial.

Aunque tiene puntos previsibles, porque todo detalle tiene un fin, no se me ha hecho aburrida al lectura y sabe mantener bien el ritmo a pesar de toda la exposición para que vayas familiarizandote con el universo de la saga.

Tengo curiosidad por sus continuaciones aunque no tengo la ansiedad de seguirla ya, como si me sucede con otras novelas y sagas del estilo. ( )
  Cabask | Mar 27, 2024 |
Closer to 4/4.5 but I'm rounding up because it was a genuinely wild and fun story! "Gideon the Ninth" is like Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" but set in space and the characters are all necromancers and cavaliers, so that really just set the stage for a good time. I grew to love multiple characters, especially Gideon and Harrowhawk, who steal the show. Seriously, the relationship between Gideon and Harrow just GUTTED me at points and I was losing my mind during certain scenes. Also, I really liked the setting: I'm a sucker for an abandoned palace/house plot point and I think this one was well executed.

On the flip side, the cast of characters is HUGE and they aren't introduced in a very easy to follow way. I kept having to flip back to the character list (thank goodness there was one) and remember who was who. Also, some characters are referred to by multiple names; Gideon alone is call Gideon, Griddle, Nav, Cav, etc. and it's even more difficult when this happens with side characters the reader doesn't know very well yet. There are two characters whose names start with "P" and I constantly mixed them up until about 3/4 into the book.
The other main thing I think needed revision were the descriptions/explanations of certain magical things. There is a necromancy science that seems to underlie the magic system, which is cool, but there is so much talk of it that just went right over my head. I couldn't even begin to comprehend what they MIGHT be talking about. I just felt lost when the characters were trying to figure out the Big Mystery because I didn't (and kind of still don't?) understand what was at stake.
Finally, the worldbuilding is very thin and needs work, BUT because the novel was so contained to really one area this didn't bother me too much. The first 30 or so pages of the novel I struggled with because a lot was thrown in my face at once, but as the plot settled down it was okay.

On the whole: a super fun read that was never what I thought it was going to be, and I was downright shocked at times. I hope the sequel goes through some better revision, and Muir is able to smooth over some clunkier bits of writing, but I'm definitely planning on reading it. ( )
  deborahee | Feb 23, 2024 |
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„Ich bin Gideon“ ist sprachlich überschäumend, grell und laut wie eine romangewordene Fahrt mit der Geisterbahn. Zugegeben, es gibt Passagen, in denen es noch ein wenig ruckt und rumpelt. Aber Tamsyn Muir ist jung, erst 1985 in Neuseeland geboren und „Ich bin Gideon“ ist ihr Romandebüt. Dieses Debüt ist ihr großartig gelungen.
 

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Arnold, TommyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, EdwardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quirk, MoiraNarratorsecondary 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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At that time, the tiny Ninth House boasted two hundred children between infancy and nineteen years of age, and Gideon was numbered two hundred and first. Less than two years later, Gideon Nav would be one of only three children left: herself, a much older boy, and the infant heir of the Ninth House, daughter of its lord and lady.
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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.

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