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Gideon the Ninth - Tamsyn Muir

Gideon the Ninth

By Tamsyn Muir

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 372 Ratings


Gideon the Ninth is the first book in the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Locked Tomb Trilogy, 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, Nebula, Dragon, and World Fantasy 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.

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.


  • Sword Lesbians in Space

    By cynokit
    I do not want to get off Mr. Bones’ Wild Ride
  • Treasure of a Book

    By MeteorFlight
    This book is incredible, I loved it so much! The characters are so interesting and the settings are so fascinating. This is truly a treasure of a book.
  • Great world building and story

    By Hobj
    Read lots of fantasy and it was a joy to be surprised and ocassionally laugh out loud as characters grew. Backstory like amystery with much more to be revealed. Already pre ordered nect book. Thanks to the author
  • Great book. Unique

    By Jalaroc
    Had difficulty putting it down.
  • Incredible Work of Horror/Fantasy/SF

    By Prairie_Dog
    “Gideon the Ninth” defies conventional description. It is the story of an orphan girl raised in the Ninth House. This House is an incredibly gothic and dying establishment that exists to watch over the Locked Tomb. Gideon hates this hideous place and dreams of leaving to become a soldier in the Imperial Cohort. She is trying to realize her plan when a call comes out to all the Nine Houses to send a Necromancer and a Cavalier to the Emperor’s home world, and undertake a challenge. Harrow, the Reverend Daughter, and Gideon’s nemesis, is the Necromancer of the Ninth House. However, the Cavalier makes his escape rather than go. Gideon is then the only remaining choice. In the decaying ruins of the Imperial Palace, the best the Nine Houses have to offer are presented with tests and mysteries. They have to discover the darkest secrets of necromancy, and vie with each other to win the darkest of prizes. The reader is thrown right into the deep end of this story, and I had to just accept that there was much I had to take at face value. Some is explained later, some is not, but the story carries you along with it regardless. This book also does not explain why that magic (necromancy at least) exists along side space craft and other aspects that one expects from Science Fiction. Animated skeletons and space shuttles exist together in this book. However, these issues are put aside as one becomes engrossed in the characters and the story. It is a gripping narrative, in a very different setting.