Review: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir


Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: Gideon the Ninth
Author: Tamsyn Muir
Series: The Locked Tomb #1
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-fi
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Moira Quirk
Length: 17 hours (448 pages)
Publisher: Tor; Recorded Books
Release Date: September 9, 2019
Source: Library (Libby)
Recommended for fans of: The Princess Bride, Tim Burton


The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

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 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.


I loved this book. It was so creative and original. Gideon was hilarious, sarcastic, and witty. I absolutely loved the irreverent tone of the book. This book has some very dark and grotesque moments, but it never loses its humorous roots.

I was also fascinated by the worldbuilding and magic system. Necromancy in space? Sign me up, please.

This book is strange, and sometimes the story was difficult to follow, but overall I really enjoyed this spooky sci-fi/fantasy book and I definitely recommend it.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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