Gideon the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

Releases: 9.10.19.

Synopsis: The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

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

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 necromantic skeletons. 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 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.

Fuck, fuck, fuck.

Gideon the Ninth was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I mean.. how could I not get excited for lesbian necromancers in space?! With a fantasy feel? YES PLEASE!

Unfortunately.. it was a complete letdown, which breaks my queer little heart!

Gideon the Ninth is a DNF for me. I struggled through 165 pages.

Life is too short to waste on books that you aren’t vibing with! I’ve finally allowed myself to listen to my own advice lately! There are a fuck ton of books out there to fall in love with. Rather than continue to be a completionist & read books just for the sake of getting through it.. it is perfectly okay to move onto something else if a book just isn’t doing it for me these days.

The hype machine is REAL with this book. Goddamn. PLUS THE FINISHED HARDCOVER WITH THE SPRAYED EDGES IS SO FUCKING GORGEOUS!! But.. I’m me. I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t honest about how utterly disappointed I was in this.

For real. Imagine my surprise when I began reading this & it feeling like an angsty CW show that is trying wicked hard to be edgy.


I fucking LOVE snarky, sarcastic, moody characters. ::points to self:: HELLO!! However, I just couldn’t deal with Gideon’s voice. It felt incredibly YA to me. Not that there is anything wrong with that – I just personally am not into it. She annoyed the fuck out of me.

This book is getting no shortage of amazing reviews & star ratings so, as always, YMMV.


(Thanks to Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!)

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