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Harrow the Ninth - Tamsyn Muir

Harrow the Ninth

By Tamsyn Muir

  • Release Date: 2020-08-04
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 336 Ratings


Harrow the Ninth, an Amazon pick for Best SFF of 2020 and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling sequel to Gideon the Ninth, turns a galaxy inside out as one necromancer struggles to survive the wreckage of herself aboard the Emperor's haunted space station.

“Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space! Decadent nobles vie to serve the deathless emperor! Skeletons!” —Charles Stross on Gideon the Ninth

“Unlike anything I've ever read.” —V.E. Schwab on Gideon the Ninth

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

She answered the Emperor's call.

She arrived with her arts, her wits, and her only friend.

In victory, her world has turned to ash.

After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues the story of the penumbral Ninth House in Harrow the Ninth, a mind-twisting puzzle box of mystery, murder, magic, and mayhem. Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman's shoulders.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, last necromancer of the Ninth House, has been drafted by her Emperor to fight an unwinnable war. Side-by-side with a detested rival, Harrow must perfect her skills and become an angel of undeath — but her health is failing, her sword makes her nauseous, and even her mind is threatening to betray her.

Sealed in the gothic gloom of the Emperor's Mithraeum with three unfriendly teachers, hunted by the mad ghost of a murdered planet, Harrow must confront two unwelcome questions: is somebody trying to kill her? And if they succeeded, would the universe be better off?

BOOK 1: Gideon the Ninth
BOOK 2: Harrow the Ninth
BOOK 3: Nona the Ninth
BOOK 4: Alecto the Ninth

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


  • Redefines fantasy

    By cbeeyork
    There is a time before you read Harrow the Ninth, and a time after you read Harrow the Ninth. Still figuring out how to process a number of emotions- can’t recommend enough! This book touched my very bones and I’m glad for it.
  • Deep and Different Second Volume of the Locked Tomb Trilogy

    By Prairie_Dog
    “Harrow the Ninth” was a harrowing read! It is not an easy book to understand, but I think the effort is worth it. One must just accept what is thrown out there, and make the best sense of it. Some of it will become clear later... It picks up shortly after the events of the first volume in the Locked Tomb Trilogy, “Gideon the Ninth.” As the title would suggest, our main character this time is Harrow, the Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House. She’s a Necromancer, and has just become a Lyctor. She is now a Necrosaint, and is in service to the Necrolord Prime. This God Emperor is also known as John, and enjoys having tea and biscuits with his immortal servants. Harrow gets to interact with her fellow Lyctors, one of which regularly tries to kill her as a matter of principle. There seem to be two narratives at play during most of the book. The first is the actual events occurring in real time, and the other are what appear to be a recollection of past events as Harrow imagines them to have occurred. Herein lies some of the difficultly in comprehending the novel, because Harrow is a most unreliable narrator. Granted, she has been through some severely traumatic events, and events that are pretty objectively horrible continue to happen to her. We later learn why she seems so completely broken, and it explains much but not all. The ending is quite unclear to me, but I assume that more will be explained in the third volume of the Locked Tomb Trilogy: “Alecto the Ninth.” More of the history and lore of the universe of the Locked Tomb are revealed, but much of it one must just accept and go with. The levels of necromancy involved go exponential, as might be expected from a group of Lyctors working together against a a greater threat. The God Emperor is sometimes amazing, and sometimes makes dad-jokes. It is very different from “Gideon the Ninth” but one thing that is the same is the incredible characters do incredible things that sweep you up in to the tale.
  • Stunning Storytelling

    By Ty Leppek
    Unreal through every page, quite unlike anything I’ve ever read and deeply satisfying for it. A peculiarity that will stick out for it’s mastery of plot, point of view, twists and inner dialogue. No doubt one of my favorites to read if not THE favorite. Amazing, inspiring work Tamsyn thank you for writing it.