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Harrow the Ninth

(The Locked Tomb #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  32,766 ratings  ·  6,071 reviews
Harrow the Ninth, the sequel to Gideon the Ninth, turns a galaxy inside out as one necromancer struggles to survive the wreckage of herself aboard the Emperor's haunted space station.

She answered the Emperor's call.

She arrived with her arts, her wits, and her only friend.

In victory, her world has turned to ash.

After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir co
Hardcover, 510 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by
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Tamsyn Muir The whole book is not written in the second person perspective, which is revealed pretty early on (right after the prologue!). I will say, though, tha…moreThe whole book is not written in the second person perspective, which is revealed pretty early on (right after the prologue!). I will say, though, that if that kind of narration absolutely sinks your boat, this may not be the book for you -- there will very probably be more excerpts of HARROW THE NINTH as time goes by, though, so you will be able to see for yourself whether or not your boat can stay afloat. :)(less)

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Rebecca Roanhorse
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After the wonderful GIDEON THE NINTH, Muir could have stayed with what worked - a snarky protagonist with a contemporary sensibility that while incredibly emotionally moving was also just a lot of fun - but she did not play it safe. In fact, she took safe and punted it out of the stadium and instead gave us this daring and challenging beauty of a book instead. HARROW THE NINTH is not always an easy read. The first half or so is in second person and is confusing and non-linear and I often felt a ...more
h o l l i s
No one does it quite like Muir.

"I could protect you, if you'd only ask me to."
"I would rather have my tendons peeled from my body, one by one, and flossed to shreds over my broken bones. I would rather be flayed alive and wrapped in salt. I would rather have my own digestive acid dripped into my eyes."
"So what I'm hearing is.. maybe."

And by that I mean no one confuses me so utterly, for so long, in such devastating ways, only to give me exactly what I want, and then completely messes with my min
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Review copy provided by the publisher——in exchange for an honest review.

2.5/5 stars

Harrow the Ninth was insanely confusing, and I am both annoyed and impressed at the same time.

I had an odd experience with Gideon the Ninth; in my review of it, I mentioned that I DNFed Gideon the Ninth the first time I read through it. It wasn’t until a few trusted reviewers of mine said that the second half of the book redeeme
To sum up: it’s a lovely migraine of a book.
“I was not following all of this, because necromantic theory is a lot of hot bullshit even when I'm not busy having Complex Emotions.”
If you thought Gideon the Ninth was a bit bonkers, do I have a surprise for you. Enter Harrow the Ninth that makes “Gideon” seem like the easiest and most straightforward story there ever was. “Harrow” is so deliberately confusing, frustrating and over-the-top that I had to reach into my brain and forcibly shut off
Emily Duncan
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So glad one of the greatest writers of our time is a memelord.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Still loving this series!! I can’t wait for the next one!!


Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Eric Allen
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

And trust me, no one on this earth is more depressed about my low rating on this book than I am. This was the piece of media I was most looking forward to this year. More than Final Fantasy 7 Remake or Cyberpunk 2077, More than freaking Rhythm of War or the return of the Dresden Files, More, even, than the Mandalorian season 2 or the half a dozen movies I wanted to see that are now pushed back indefinitely. So I am really, REALLY depressed that I didn't like this book very much. It's
Nomadic Reader (Baba Yaga)
“Why did you ascend to be a Lyctor?”
“Ultimate power. And posters of my face.”

Most writers try to chase trends. They rely on formulaic plots, popular tropes, and safe narrative choices, hoping to give the public exactly what they want.

Tamsyn Muir is not one of those writers.

It’s difficult to explain what makes Harrow the Ninth so extraordinary. If I had to sum it up in one sentence, I’d say that this book made me reconsider how stories work. It challenged me to a point where I seriously questione
Elle (ellexamines)
I know I’m going to cry reading this and I’ve accepted that fate

UPDATE: this book made me claw at the walls of my enclosure
lucky little cat
That was a train wreck pretending to be Inception. That was so, so bad that my ears are still ringing, and my edition was hardback, not audio.*

I understood almost all of it, and I'm not happy. Here's a short list of things that disappointed me. Major spoilers. (view spoiler)
Oct 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-2021
I still want to give this one 4.5 stars but I did like Gideon a bit more so let that be known.

TW: allll the blood, gore, bones, and body horror; possession; implied necrophilia sort of?? This is a necromancy book so things are complicated and weird

This book is weirder than Gideon the Ninth was and if you were at all confused by that one, you are definitely going to be confused here. I was not confused in book 1 but this one I absolutely had no idea what was going on (and that is the point) unt
Spencer Orey
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing sequel. I respect this book a lot for taking serious risks and pulling them all off. It's markedly different from the first book but also fully grounded in the larger universe of the story. And without giving anything away, there are twists that are so good and seem to be set up so early that now I want to read the first book all over again.

I'm going to run out of words for how much I loved this book. It's funny, heartbreaking, riveting, and also dense with details throughout. I want to
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The mindbending adventures of the necromancers continue! Full review, first posted on (along with 3 others from my co-reviewers there!):

Harrow the Ninth, the sequel to the Nebula and Hugo Award-nominated fantasy Gideon the Ninth, is incredibly ambitious, decidedly wordy, and highly confusing for about three-quarters of the book, at which point Tamsyn Muir (finally!) begins to gradually pull back the curtains.

Harrowhark, the heir of the declining Ninth House, a talented
Miranda Reads
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We follow Harrow shortly after the harrowing events of the last book (sorry not sorry).

She's quickly learning the secrets of the immortals from the emperor himself and it was all that she could ever remember wanting...and yet...something is off.

Her memory is becoming more patchworky (or is she just noticing it now)? She feels physically ill looking at a sword and there's secrets - oh so many secrets - that could result in her death any day.

But there's also a voice inside her that may
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars-2020, f-f
I’m convinced 100% of this was a fever dream. Review to come.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm pleased to say that this sequel to Gideon the Ninth not only answers a few questions, but breaks the mold established by the first and plows through the fields of the dead to create (or destroy) all of creation.

I mean, what else can you expect when you're dealing not only with necromantic gods in a supremely hi-tech post-humanity universe?

Them to make soup?

Oh, wait... yeah.

Honestly, I was slightly bemused and slightly weirded out by the kind of pacing and style in the first part of the nove
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Be prepared when going into this book to have to work hard to understand it for a number of different reasons. Then accept that you have to wait to the end before much of it becomes clear. Finally have your reading calendar cleared so you can go back and read it all again, knowing what you have finally discovered. The author weaves a very tangled web and I loved it!

Harrow the Ninth is a great character and a very special necromancer. We begin to discover how special as this book progresses and w
Brittni Kristine
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
If you enjoyed Gideon, I firmly believe you’ll love Harrow as well. While Harrow doesn’t have Gideon’s humor, what she does bring to the table in pure sass is truly enjoyable. Harrow, who was clearly the strongest character in the first book, is the underdog in her own story. We see her struggle and grow and I enjoyed every bit of it, even the confusing parts.

If you made it through Gideon and still liked the book, then you’re prepared to read Harrow the Ninth. Much like Gideon, the first 60% is
Julia Bass
Sep 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
1/5 🌟
"I did not know what the fuck to say to this incoherent spew.

It is with this direct quote taken from page 409 of Harrow the Ninth that I start this review, because honestly? My thoughts exactly. And it's also the first (and only) time I was able to relate to this book on any level.

Back in February of this year when the world was still a happy place of shining possibility I read Gideon the Ninth and rated it 5 stars; the ending was a little convoluted and disappointing, but all in all it was
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ppb, 2020, sci-fi
I am not going to pretend that I understood everything that went on in this book, but I want more. Being confused is also not my fave thing, and yet, here it was fun to be completely lost. And I can’t resist the pleasure of saying names like “Necrolord Prime, The Emperor of the Nine Houses, The Prince Undying” or “Lady Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter by Her Own Desire.” I like these wacky people and the incomprehensible necromantic sciences and the ghost underworld. Oh, and, of course, ...more
Charlotte Kersten
“You’re not waiting for her resurrection; you’ve made yourself her mausoleum.”

So What’s It About?

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, last necromancer of the Ninth House, has been drafted by her Emperor to fight an unwinnable war. Side-by-side with a detested rival, Harrow must perfect her skills and become an angel of undeath — but her health is failing, her sword makes her nauseous, and even her mind is threatening to betray her.

Sealed in the gothic gloom of the Emperor’s Mithraeum with three unfriendly te
Apr 21, 2022 rated it liked it
I had the same feelings about this one as about the first book. I really like the setting and the gothic atmosphere with a hint of dark humour. But the plot is dull and confusing at the same time. Maybe it's just my expectations were too high: I was extremely excited about books with necromancy in space. ...more
Tricia Levenseller
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I’m not entirely sure what just happened, but this book was awesome.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You are not ready for this book. I was not ready for this book. I am pretty sure that even when I re-read it, I will not be ready for this book.

Harrow the Ninth is like being put through a series of bizarre emotional windsprints. I laughed. I keened. I was buoyed up by triumph which was, even then, bittersweet. I spent the entire book not knowing at all what was going on and I still don't. Pressing questions were answered and even bigger questions posed without answers. New characters were intro
Veronica Belmont
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, sl-laser
Ugh, I finished this and now I want the next book already, and this one isn’t even out until June!!
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
so good it’s sickening; completely watertight and deliberate, a masterclass on voice and structure and framing. more horrible mean pathetic girls please THANKS
Mel (Epic Reading)
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-print
After 200+ pages, few words written are not insane or from the eyes of our unreliable narrator, Harrow. She can’t seem to remember what we, the reader, know happened at the end of book 1. It’s infuriating, it’s slow reading, it made me start to think I might not reach the end, and lament how great I thought Gideon the Ninth was. And then things start to open up, there might be hope for Harrow and her shattered mind, and just when I thought things were realigning crazy, epic, unbelievable events ...more
Lauren Lanz
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, adult
“You hating me always meant more than anyone else in this hot and stupid universe loving me. At least I’d had your full attention.”

Harrow the Ninth may be a jarring sequel for fans of its predecessor, Gideon the Ninth. Instead of our witty and badass cavalier, we follow a new (and borderline unreliable) narrator—Harrowhark Nonagesimus—as it becomes evident that her memories were mysteriously altered when she became a Lyctor.

Countless reviewers agree that Harrow the Ninth is a somewhat diffic
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am not absolutely certain what happened in this book but I absolutely loved it!!
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TAMSYN MUIR is the bestselling author of the Locked Tomb Trilogy, which begins with Gideon the Ninth, continues with Harrow the Ninth, and concludes with Alecto the Ninth. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the World Fantasy Award and the Eugie Foster Memorial Award. A Kiwi, she has spent most of her life in Howick, New Zealand, with time living i ...more

Other books in the series

The Locked Tomb (4 books)
  • Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)
  • Nona the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #3)
  • Alecto the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #4)

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“you hating me always meant more than anyone else in this hot and stupid universe loving me. At least I’d had your full attention.” 110 likes
“Fuck one flesh, one end, Harrow. I already gave my flesh to you, and I already gave you my end. I gave you my sword. I gave you myself. I did it while knowing I’d do it all again, without hesitation, because all I ever wanted you to do was eat me.” 84 likes
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