Gideon the Ninth

Gideon the Ninth

eBook - 2019
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A USA Today Best-Selling Novel!

"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 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

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9781250313171
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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RomanceAddict Sep 10, 2019

Review excerpt: "'Gideon the Ninth' has been parsed into four words that gave me instant grabby hands: “Lesbian necromancers in space.” It was one of my most coveted books to try and snag at BEA, and I preordered it because my goth-loving heart was swayed by the black-stained edges of its first printing. All of this leads to a very tough situation: will a book I’ve been anticipating (and many others, too) will live up to its hype.

The answer: sort of. ...

...Though there is obvious humor in 'Gideon the Ninth', it’s pretty dark in terms of violence and graphic descriptions. I want to make that very clear. The Ninth House is for the dead and dying. There are varying degrees of body horror and definitely vulgarity. Don’t let the lightness of the snark fool you! If you prefer your scifi/fantasy to be on the sillier end of the spectrum, tread lightly here.

But I have to be honest and say that there were many parts where I had no clue what the hell was going on. MANY PARTS. A glossary would have been helpful for certain concepts, namely in relationship to characters’ titles and what it meant for their roles within the Houses. It’s possible the finished edition will have one or will possess extra material; I sure hope so."

PimaLib_AngharadD Aug 27, 2019

"Crux advanced like a glacier with an agenda."
And with that sentence, I fell in love with this book. I'm a huge fan of weird metaphors and mixing formal/informal types of language, and Muir's language may be my favorite part of this book... but that's up against some pretty stiff competition, since the story is about lesbian necromancers exploring a decaying, dangerous castle filled with creepy abandoned experiments -- mysteriously still in perfect working order -- and controlled by a serene priest who doesn't seem at all perturbed by the possibility that people might drop dead.


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