Necromancy in Gideon the Ninth | Book Review


Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was possibly the best book I’ve ever read.

Genre: Fantasy (paranormal)
Author: Tamsyn Muir
Published: September 2019
Publisher: Tor
Pages: 448 (hardback)

I’m not kidding – this might just be my new favourite book. This was AMAZING. I have always been put off by this cover and never knew what this book was about until I started reading it. I got the audiobook on a whim and was blown away by the sheer delight of how brilliant the narrator is.

I have every intention of going out to buy the physical book and reread it because I am ✨obsessed✨ Gideon is my everything. I didn’t even know Gideon was a girl before reading this book – so this whole journey was just me being tickled pink by the sarcasm, the queer angsty romance and the fact that this is basically the lovechild of Pierce Brown and Agatha Christie. Tell me I’m wrong.

Seriously though, this is a story set in space/other worlds where a select number of people have been chosen by invite to attend the First house and then one by one, people start to die and things start to go wrong. Love. It.

Is there really anything more I need to say? Brilliant. Breathtaking. A great example of writing at its best. Fun. Stabby. Dark. Not to mention the whole necromancy thing was wicked! It felt like such a fresh take on a part of paranormal fantasy that has never been made so cool. The necromancy that goes on is inspired and dangerous – and the way Gideon deals with all the sh*t in the novel with such a gloriously fed-up manner was all I could ask for.

If you like fantasy, if you like queer romances, if you like necromancy, if you like sarcastic characters, if you like enemies to friends/lovers, PICK THIS UP.

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3 thoughts on “Necromancy in Gideon the Ninth | Book Review

  1. Brilliant review! Personally, I love love love the tomb series, they’re like nothing I’ve ever read. Gideon and Harrow’s relationship is brilliant – I was talking to my friend about this, do you think the author implies that they kiss in that training pool and sets them up as sort of a doomed couple? That’s what I thought the first time I read it but on a second read I’m not too sure – more emphasis is placed on Gideons relationship with the 7th necromancer (I can’t remember her name!) and Harrows with the Body. But the book is equally gory and funny and very very cool. I discuss Gideon and harrow (and the internet memes 😭) more in my review here!

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