Title: Gideon the Ninth
Author: Tamsyn Muir
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, LGBT
Date published: September 10, 2019
The Emperor needs necromancers.
The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.
Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.
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 necromantic skeletons. 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 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.
⤖ My Review ⬻
I wanted to read Gideon the Ninth ever since I heard about it midway through last year. And I’m so glad that I finally got around to it because I loved. every. second. It took me a bit to get the hang of the setting, but once I did, I never wanted to leave. I’ve never read a book that mixes fantasy and science fiction quite like this, and I want more now. Muir’s writing was also fantastic. I loved the wit and the sass. And the amount of thought that went into creating this world was just incredible. The settings were great. The magic system was great.
I was promised skeletons, a trial, necromancers, blood, magic, and some badass heroines and Muir delivered on all of these things in Gideon the Ninth! I finished reading this book half a month ago and I still have a book hangover from it! I loved everything about this book, but if I had to pick one thing, I would have to say the characters. And if I had to narrow it down even further, I would have to say Gideon and Harrowhawk! Their personalities and their relationship were just amazing. I loved every second and I won’t be satisfied until I either re-read Gideon the Ninth or get my hands on the sequel, Harrow the Ninth!
⤖ About the Author ⬻
Tamsyn Muir is a horror, fantasy and sci-fi author whose short fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the World Fantasy 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. Her debut science-fantasy novel GIDEON THE NINTH will be published September 2019.
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