Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the The Locked Tomb Trilogy series.

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Gideon the Ninth is everything I ever wanted in a lesbian necromantic space opera and then some, with the best blurbs I’ve ever seen printed on a book to boot.  It is dark and horrifying and I wanted to be right in the middle of every little bit of the story.  When the necromancers and their cavaliers of the nine houses arrive to fight for the privilege of becoming a deathless Lyctor in service of the Emperor Undying, you think you know how things are going to go down.  You are wrong. Then you’re wrong again.  Gideon is a foul-mouthed, willful, surprisingly relatable indentured servant of The Ninth House thrust into the role of a cavalier with no ceremony.  Harrowhawk is the sullen, cruel, and dismissive heir to The Ninth House called by her emperor to serve.  And The Ninth House itself?  Well, it’s holding a secret.  

You think you know these characters, but they keep surprising you in the best and most horrific ways.  The scenery is dark and beautiful and evocative.  You can smell the musty wood of the floors and feel the bone dust swirling in front of your face.  As you read, you are being haunted by an unknown element, but you are also traveling this story with Gideon and Harrow, and their banter and barbs keep you safe.  

The next harrowing installment is coming August 2020, and you couldn’t keep me away if you killed me.

-Jenna

— From Jaunty June Staff Picks

September 2019 Indie Next List


Gideon the Ninth is an epic science fantasy that if delivered into the hands of enough people will set the world on fire as it hasn’t been since The Hunger Games. Brilliance doesn’t come close to explaining Tamsyn Muir’s narrative where no single word is wasted or her engineering of a world with characters that end up belonging to you wholeheartedly even long after the last page. With fierce independence and hysterical wit, and laced with moments of pure heartbreaking tenderness and loyalty, Gideon and Harrow’s relationship simultaneously digs under your skin and tugs at your heartstrings. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”
— Nichole Cousins, Still North Books & Bar, Brooklyn, NY

Description


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 Locus Award and Crawford Award
Finalist for the 2020 Hugo and Nebula Awards

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

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

“Deft, tense and atmospheric, compellingly immersive and wildly original.” —The New York Times

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.

THE LOCKED TOMB TRILOGY
BOOK 1: Gideon the Ninth
BOOK 2: Harrow the Ninth
BOOK 3: Alecto the Ninth

About the Author


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.

Praise For…


“Deft, tense and atmospheric, compellingly immersive and wildly original.” —The New York Times

Unlike anything I’ve ever read. Muir’s writing is as sharp as a broken tooth, and just as unsettling.” —V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“With a snorting laugh and two middle fingers, the whole thing burns end-to-end. It is deep when you expect shallow, raucous when you expect dignity and, in the end, absolutely heartbreaking when you least expect it.” —NPR

"Warm and cold; goofy and gleaming; campy and epic; a profane Daria in space." —Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

I can't remember the last time I was so delightedly baffled by a book. An astonishing, genre-defying, hilarious-violent-tragic-horrifying-thrilling wonder of a novel.” —Kiersten White, NYT Bestselling Author of And I Darken

Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space! Decadent nobles vie to serve the deathless emperor! Skeletons!” —Charles Stross, author of The Laundry Files and Empire Games

“I started this book chuckling at the outrageous premise. I finished it crying, because the ending punched me straight in the gut.” —Vox

And Five Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, BookList, and BookPage

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250313195
ISBN-10: 1250313198
Publisher: Tor.com
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019
Pages: 448
Series: The Locked Tomb Trilogy