This is book number 1 in the The Locked Tomb Series series.
It's been a while since I've read a book that had me so completely enthralled as this death space magic queer murder mystery bonanza. Gideon is the bro-iest lady swordswoman, and also the most talented and the most desperate to get off her planet and onto someplace with actual food. But the ties that bind are hard to shake, especially since her mortal enemy/best friend Harrowhark keeps raising them from the dead. Hilarious and charming, this book will worm its way into your heart where it can better sucker punch you with all the feels. Don't worry though, if you die there's ways to fix that...— Jax
I'll admit, I was a little skeptical of this book going in, given all the advanced hype. But it only took a chapter for me to be utterly pulled in. This is an absolutely fun read, combining mystery and murder, fantasy AND science fiction (necromancers in space!) with tangible characters who you love knowing. Beyond that, Tamsyn Muir's world-building is astonishing, both for the world, the magic system, and the characters before you. I devoured this book, hungry for each new clue and progression, and closed it eager for the next installment. This is a powerhouse of a new voice and tome in the SFF pantheon, and one you will want to read and know.— Jocelyn
“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
“If sword-wielding necromancer lesbians and a crumbling space-age palace aren’t enough to sell you on this book, then let yourself be won over by the hilarious sass and reckless determination of Gideon Nav. Fascinating world-building and an irresistibly cheeky main character. Absolutely do not miss!”
— Genevieve Taylor, Boulder Book Store, Boulder, CO
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.
THE LOCKED TOMB SERIES
BOOK 1: Gideon the Ninth
BOOK 2: Harrow the Ninth
BOOK 3: Nona the Ninth
BOOK 4: Alecto the Ninth
“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
“Space opera, murder mystery, comedy, grotesque horror, and fantastic necromancy spin together in a book like no other.” —BuzzFeed
And Five Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, BookList, and BookPage