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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1)

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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1)

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15+ pages of new, original content, including a glossary of terms, in-universe writings, and more!

A USA Today Best-Selling Novel, and one of the Best Books of 2019 according to NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, BookPage, Shelf Awareness, BookRiot, and Bustle!

WINNER of the 2020 Crawford Award
Finalist for the 2020 Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards

“Unlike anything I’ve ever read. ” —V.E. Schwab

“Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space!” —Charles Stross

Brilliantly original, messy and weird straight through. —NPR

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, first in The Locked Tomb Trilogy, 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.

BOOK 1: Gideon the Ninth
BOOK 2: Harrow the Ninth
BOOK 3: Alecto the Ninth

TAMSYN MUIR is the bestselling author of the Locked Tomb Trilogy, which begins with Gideon the Ninth, continues with Harrow the Ninth, and concludes with Alecto the Ninth. Her 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.

by Alexandra

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:57pm

I could scream about this book for days (and I have!) but for the sake of our lovely blog editor (hi, Lydia! <3) I will try to keep this brief: Lesbian. Necromancers. In. Space. Imagine all the humor and weirdness of Terry Pratchett but 10x darker, and full of references to internet memes. Even if you see the ending coming, it will punch you in the gut. I don’t know what kind of pure madness Tamsyn Muir taps into to write these books, but I hope she never gives it up.

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ISBN: 9781250313188

ISBN-10: 9781250313188

Publisher: Tordotcom

Publication Date: 07/14/2020 - 12:00am

On Sale: 07/14/2020 - 12:00am

Pages: 496

Language: English


Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera

Fiction / Fantasy / Epic

Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure

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