BOOK REVIEW: Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #1) by Tamsyn Muir


TITLE: Gideon the Ninth

AUTHOR: Tamsyn Muir

PUBLICATION DATE: September 10th 2019

GENRE: Adult, LGBTQ+, SciFi, Horror, Mystery

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Body horror (graphic), Death (including children), Gore, Injury, Murder, Mutilation, Necromancy, Self-harm, Suicide (depicted and referenced), Trauma, Violence


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.

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I’ve been hearing about this book for years now. Mostly just really weird text posts on tumblr and a few things from one of my friends, Milo. I want to take a half second to say wholeheartedly thank you to them for listening to my many questions and ramblings I have about this series. They are so patient with me. ❤ them for that.

This book. It is not an easy book to get into. Muir does not baby you with worldbuilding. You’re thrown in the deep end and are forced to learn to swim. But it totally works for this series and I cannot imagine it working any other way.

I had question after question. Some things are answered, but some of those answers come with questions of their own. I know that is painfully vague but I TRULY think going into this book without any prior knowledge of it’s contents is the perfect way to experience it. That being said, let’s talk about romance.

This book has ROMANCE. One of the most delicious ones I’ve read. So painful. So beautiful. If you like enemy-to-pals-to-soulmates-but-don’t-admit-it-to-each-other then this is the book for you. If you like that slow burn feel then you’ll love this.

Anyway if you’ve read this book feel free to message me so we can talk about how brilliant Tamsyn Muir is.

I’ve already started book #2, Harrow the Ninth. I can tell you already that the review for that book is going to be a wild ride. Stay tuned!

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Personal update:

Hi guys!! Long time, no see!! I’m really sorry about that! One of my cats broke my laptop early last year and it’s been very hard trying to blog from a phone. My lovely sister got me a new laptop though, so I’m back!! I’m hoping to start sharing weekly book reviews again and hopefully weekly disability and chronically ill content as well! I know I’ve been gone a while so I’ll have to work on my audience, but thank you to anyone who saw this review and decided to read it!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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My Rating:



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