Gideon the Ninth

Gideon the Ninth

Book - 2019
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Author Tamsyn Muir unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. 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. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire succeeds, she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection. Without Gideon's sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.
Publisher: New York, New York : Tom Doherty Associates, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250313195
Characteristics: 448 pages ;,21 cm.

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JCLSteveC Apr 02, 2021

Outer space, necromancers, and a mystery that is vicious fun!

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okcmills
Mar 09, 2021

#1 (of 3) in the 'Locked Tomb' series.

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misterwisp
Jan 02, 2021

-3.5 stars? Mixed feeling about this one. I wanted to like it more than I did.
-One the one hand, it's just so awesome. On the other, it's got slow long sections, humour that is great but inconsistent, and frustrating drops of world building that are highly intriguing but take forever to amount to anything close to a clear picture.

-It's very unique. Necromancers in space is a fun time and a cool image. Books don't have to fit into one genre category, and this one is definitely a hybrid. It's a mashup of science fiction, fantasy, murder mystery, comedy, adventure, romance, and probably a few other things I'm forgetting. It's unpredictable and surprising.

-The tone was up and down though. This society of space necromancers is set up, and it all seems very creepy and grim and serious. But then there will be jokes about the main characters dirty magazines or how annoyingly self important one of the other characters is. Then those jokes will disappear for awhile and things will be intense and serious again, then they'll come back, and it just makes for an odd tone. It's clearly not meant to be satire, but then it's also clearly not meant to be taken too seriously, except for when it is.
I'm struggling to put words to all this, but the tone is unusual. I wasn't sure how I was supposed to feel.

-The main character is sassy and sarcastic and badass and great in a way nothing comes to mind to compare to. It was just hard to reconcile why she would end up that way given the world of the book. Her upbringing is a short part of the book's beginning, and the end result of what she turns out as doesn't seem to fit with the process of becoming that.
-There was also some emotional stuff and romance stuff that seemed to just sort of happen just because. I liked it, but had a hard time believing it.

-Seems like I'm in the minority in not completely loving this book, which is fair enough. To me the whole was less than the sum of it's parts. Individual elements I really liked, but wished they'd come together better.
-Maybe I just bought into the hype too much and should have moderated my expectations. I'm slightly interested in reading the sequel, but not enough to prioritize it right away. But definitely want to revisit this author at some point whether in this series or something else. Hopefully these impressions are useful to someone!!

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AydinK
Dec 29, 2020

A murder mystery with necromancers, carnage, and gross body horror? What is there NOT to love?

Kstobo Dec 22, 2020

I enjoyed it, though I did find it difficult to follow at points, and trying to keep track of the characters and their motivations got to be a little confusing. Overall it was a great read, though I didn't feel invested enough in it to read the sequel when it's released.

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ScorchingSun
Nov 11, 2020

A darkly twisted tale of bloody violence, betrayal and redemption.
Our heroine does have a wicked sense of black wry humour.

kmcgay Aug 25, 2020

What didn't I like about this book? A fantastic debut novel from Tamsin Muir.

She avoids info dumping lore on the reader and gives us just enough to get through the story while also leaving room for theories on how the universe works as a whole (my partner and I are still debating whether the Nine Houses are a future version of our solar system or a fantasy one). The characters are fun and lively and I love, love, love that the protagonist is an unapologetic butch lesbian.

While the language and depictions of gore (necromancy ain't pretty, afterall) place this book firmly in the adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy category, the writing style is similar to an upper-level YA book. A great way for those who read mostly YA to dip their toes into the adult waters.

The plot can get a bit tricky to follow at times, but fortunately our POV character and protagonist is, for lack of a better word, a bit of a moron. Often when I found myself getting lost, Gideon was right there with me and ready to chime in with a "Hey wait, what's going on here?" Whether intentional or I just share more traits with Gideon than I thought, it was much appreciated. Pacing wise, it has a bit of a slow start but once it picks up you won't want to put it down (catch me accidentally staying up until 4 AM on a work night).

Loved this book so much that I immediately bought book 2 because I didn't want to wait in the holds queue to find out what happens next.

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eshook1
Aug 24, 2020

I didn’t expect to love this book. I heard great things about the “lesbian necromancers in space” book and thought “I’m glad that exists but it’s probably not for me.”

It was very much my favorite book I’ve read in maybe two years. This is an incredibly well-written book. It does space wizards that aren’t jedi and it does it really really well. It references memes in an unobtrusive but genuinely funny way and I’m so very very into it. Please read this book.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Apr 22, 2020

Necromancy fantasy is usual not my thing, but I enjoyed this book. I had a love/hate relationship with the dialog: super funny, but it leans too heavily on current slang which clashes with the futuristic setting. Curious to see where the author takes this and will be checking out "Harrow the Ninth" when it comes out next month!

MickWF Apr 07, 2020

Necromancy. Science-Fantasy. Murder mystery. Sword play. Haunted mansion with creepy hidden laboratories. Rivalry and romance. Angsty sarcastic punk protagonist. This book could basically be the premise of a new My Chemical Romance album.

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Aug 15, 2020

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