Gideon the Ninth

(The Locked Tomb #1)

Gideon the Ninth (EBook, 2019, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom)

eBook, 448 pages

English language

Published Aug. 7, 2019 by Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom.

ISBN:
9781250313171

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4 stars (19 reviews)

"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 …

3 editions

reviewed Gideon the Ninth

dark fantasy for the jaded millennial

4 stars

I loved the characters in this book. Enough so that I greatly look forward to the next in the series. I did find the story structure telling a little light, and it often reminded me of epic adult Scooby Doo. It's a hybrid of the jaded millennial reluctantly participating in society (but on their own terms) and a Shakespeare-ian 5-act play, where the protagonist forms a band who tries to unmask the monster clue by clue. The telling was still lots of fun. I guess it just felt like it couldn't decide if it was quirky pop comedy or something deeper.

Joss Whedon has doomed us all

2 stars

Book's okay, with a plot that chugs along and some fun character design and costuming, but it's just so in love with its own voice. Narrator and descriptive text are both arch, clever, "cussy!", and devoid of anything human. As review title suggests, we have yet to escape Buffy.

A love-it-or-hate-it proposition

3 stars

Count me as one of the people who really can't stand the author's extremely strong authorial voice. Sometimes it was genuinely funny and I loved it but it was SO omnipresent and overbearing that eventually it felt like I was being told a pretty interesting scifi/fantasy story by someone who desperately needs me to find them hilarious.

I love the world it's set in, I love the whole goth cultists in space thing. I don't like the protagonist and I don't like that most of the characters are emotionally confused teenagers. It feels like I was tricked into reading a mislabeled YA novel. And like, YA is fine, but I like to know what I'm getting into ahead of time?

I think that if your sense of humor aligns with the author you might love this novel! But if you don't, you might hate it.

Review of 'Gideon the Ninth' on Goodreads

3 stars

Sword-swinging and skeletal magic, nearly all-women, led by a sarcastic saucy misfit (voice as enjoyable as Murderbot, perhaps too close) in a dying galactic empire. Enjoyed the puzzling and locked-room wizarding with these welcome setting twists, but ultimately I may not be the swashbuckling audience.

Review of 'Gideon the Ninth' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

CAN I PLEASE HAVE A BOOK WHERE THE LESBIANS DONT FUCKING DIE(I loved it and very much will read Harrow the Ninth but god dang it)
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