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Gideon the Ninth

(The Ninth House #1)

4.72  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you'll ever have with a skeleton.

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 skill
Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by
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Tamsyn Muir That's lovely to hear, and I am not unsympathetic to your plight. With that in mind, here are some suggestions:

1. Increase your bodyweight by 30%,…more
That's lovely to hear, and I am not unsympathetic to your plight. With that in mind, here are some suggestions:

1. Increase your bodyweight by 30%, create a den, hibernate until September. Difficult if you're not both bears, but have a go

2. Entertain yourselves in the meantime by writing your own copy of GIDEON THE NINTH. If you think it might be better than the actual GIDEON THE NINTH keep it quiet!!! I don't need the competition!!!!!

3. Tell my publisher that you are 100% certain it is September and that you need a copy available to buy. This is a difficult con and relies on you travelling to their offices and changing all the calendars, which is also trespassing and may get you arrested. I guess this is the wild card. Maybe don't do this one

4. If you or your adult are on Twitter I am giving away galleys of this thing every month! Easiest option, but does require luck, and having an opinion on things like bones and swords

Whichever option you decide to go with, I hope that whenever you end up with a copy of the book you have an A+ reading time. Sorry about the wait...(less)
Tamsyn Muir Thank you so much for your interest in Gideon the Ninth, and I don't think you sound rude at all.

It's hard to quantify how much LGBT content is in the…more
Thank you so much for your interest in Gideon the Ninth, and I don't think you sound rude at all.

It's hard to quantify how much LGBT content is in the book -- the plot contains arguably very little romance, and conflicts/issues surrounding being LGBTQIA+ don't come up at all and never will. Hilariously, the word 'lesbian' comes up in the blurb, but is never used in the book.

That said, it's a book written by an LGBTQIA+ author about two LGBTQIA+ leads, and I can Word-of-God confirm that the POV protagonist is a lesbian whose interest in women is very obvious throughout the book. The non-POV protagonist's interest in bones is very obvious throughout the book. Hope that helps...

Again, thank you heaps, and isn't the cover GREAT??? Check out artist Tommy Arnold's work at and designer Jamie Stafford-Hill's at both are so boss!(less)

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Mar 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Someone: cut-throat politics, swordplay, lesbian necromance-

Me, crawling out of my underground hole: WHERE
Mar 19, 2018 marked it as to-read

ARC provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.

There are three things I always want in my literature: necromancy, sword fighting, and all things queer. This is officially my most anticipated 2019 release! 🖤⚔

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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Mar 19, 2018 marked it as releases-2019
thanks Tor you know you’re the only publisher I trust anymore
Jan 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy-to-read

I need this yesterday.
Look at that cover!

Just LOOK at it.
Behold its beauty and then read the synopsis...

I know, right!?!?

Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Mar 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
I heard Necromancy & Queer & I didn't need to read anymore to know I need this 🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽
Rebecca Roanhorse
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly good. A brilliant and original mash-up of genres, the story is brimming with memorable characters, acerbic dark humor, a unique magic system, space travel, decaying technology and layers upon layers of mystery. It is the Gothic space adventure I didn't know I needed.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Queer necromancy and science. I'm so here for this. Thank you,, for consistently putting out the most amazing queer sf/f and making my little heart so damn happy. <3
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not sure if I'll post a full review this early but WAKE UP AND PUT THIS BOOK ON YOUR TO-READ/PRE-ORDER LIST IMMEDIATELY.


Barbed humor, fascinating necromantic theory, and an amazing blend of gothic fantasy and science fiction. AND REAL WARMTH? I CRIED? Huge cast but every single one of them absolutely memorable.

Not going to be to everyone's taste between the brand of humor and the gore but PHEW.
Mar 19, 2018 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts
1. I need to share these books with you.
2. They answer my question of, What if a bunch of human-equivalent oil slicks… did space necromancy at each other?
3. How can I make sword fights… more dead and more gay?


Jan 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy, q, adult, yff, db
The "gay necromancers in space" book has a cover! And wow is it a remarkable one
Emily A. Duncan
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is it. This is the perfect book.
it’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy novel where the stakes were both very real, pretty shocking, and also not done for shock value alone. also really liked that the necromancy was appropriately gross and the world felt real, lived in, terrifying and not sanitized — like, it was grim, but not the dreaded grimdark. in addition it has been a while since i’ve read a fantasy novel that was actually, truly, laugh aloud funny. this one is. I had figured out one of the plot twists but was still ...more
anna (readingpeaches)
u had me at the mention of dune but CHRIST is this going to be f/f enemies to lovers ??? are we really THAT lucky ????
That was a goddamn journey through the bowels of HELL and I fucking LOVED it.

("Title of your sex tape," Gideon says.)

Pre-order this one, friends, or put it on your library's radar. You'll want to at least give it a try.

These were the tags used in the cover reveal: Swordswoman/Necromancer, Angst With Jokes, UST (Unresolved Skeletal Tension), Lots of Queer Characters, Hurt/Comfort, Childhood Enemies, Bone Friends, Bone Prom, BonesBonesBones, Dad Jokes, Crying

I would like to add some for your edifi
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
see this moment is why i am so prissy and terrible about meting out five stars, because AT THIS TIME i'm still like: there needs to be a sixth star, or an exclamation point, or a gif of confetti when a book launches itself this hard out of the craft stratosphere. this is what every book should be aspiring to be, which is a wild thing to say about a book that is 75% skeletons — but there is literally NOTHING wrong with it, not the pacing not the plot not the made-up physics of bone science magic ...more
Jan 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Hah, I went to buy this for my library in excitement and the date is so far off that I can't even pre-order it - that's some serious hype, Tor.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-lit, fantasy, sci-fi
This review has been impossible to write, because I just don't know how to convey to you how much I loved this book. Sometimes, if you're lucky, a book will come around that blends all your favorite things together in one delightful melange. And sometimes, if you're very lucky, the exalted literary spirits will gift you with a book that doesn't just meet your high exceeds them. And if you get very very very lucky, you'll get a book that happens to do both of those things. Gideo ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, glbt, arc
This is like, necromantic Hunger Games in a gothic mansion in SPACE, orchestrated by Agatha Christie, except with more swordplay, more lesbians, and more skeletons. I mean honestly I have no idea what genre this is. And I don't care, I want more.

Gideon is a wise-cracking, sword-toting fighter, orphan of the subterranean world of the Ninth House in a universe where cosmology, religion, and technology all seem to be bound up into various aspects of necromancy. She hates the Ninth, and she hates Ha
Jan 08, 2019 marked it as radar
jaw drop @ that cover
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
that cover and necromancers goodness gracious me, I did not ask to be attacked this morning but here I am
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t want to read any more books, this one is it.

Well, except the next one.
Judd Karlman
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The setting reminds me of Warhammer 40K if that setting was 1000% more awesome, goth and queer.

Swords in space, an undying emperor, 9 noble houses and a lesbian swordswoman with her necromancer.

It is more fun than any book that I've read in a long time.

When this comes out in September, paint a skull over your face, put your shades on and read it.
Freya Marske
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was a RIOT. Imagine someone took an Agatha Christie house party murder mystery and put it in a box with a puzzle-quest video game, several dusty skeletons, lots of sword fighting, and a horror movie...

...and then shook. Hard.

And then tipped it all out onto the page in some of the sharpest, funniest, most shamelessly meme-ridden prose I've read in years, and sprinkled lesbians on top.

I'm so glad I was lucky enough to grab an ARC. If any of the above sounds up your alley (that's what s
Jonathan Strahan
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tamsyn Muir makes a strong debut with Gideon the Ninth, the opening book in the Ninth House trilogy. Adding more than a dash of teen Goth angst to a Dune-meets-Gormenghast recipe, Muir's Gideon is a smart-mouthed, tough-as-nails, probably brilliant young swordswoman who just wants to get away from the miserable hellhole where she grew up and the girl who has devoted her life to make Gideon's miserable. Things don't go as planned, as she gets sucked up into a compelling game of empire that has a ...more
Emmy Neal
Oct 18, 2018 marked it as to-read
I'm sorry, did you say "lesbian necromancers in space"? GIVE THIS TO ME NOW, PLS.
Sep 26, 2018 marked it as get-on-my-shelf-already
I had assumed this was "only" a novella but it's actually a novel!?!?!
One more year of waiting though >.<
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a work of magnificent beauty, if necromancy, decaying civilizations/technology, hate-filled lesbians, innumerable skeletons, and foul-mouthed sworn knights are beautiful, which they very much are in the deft hands of Tamsyn Muir. I haven't read a more surprising book in a very long time. It's laugh-out-loud funny on almost every page, tear-jerkingly moving on many occasions, and so utterly kickass that I actually shouted out in sheer joy once or twice. I could not predict this book despi ...more
Alexandra Rowland
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are more memes-per-capita in this book than any book I have read. This is pure unadulterated meme garbage and I LOVED EVERY PAGE OF IT. It is hilarious and terrifying and heart-hurting and full of dreadful teens and dirtbag lesbians with swords and I can't even cope. Go preorder it right now, it's fuckin ACES.

I keep stalling on writing this review because I really don't know what to say.

This book is so far beyond what anyone can say about it. "Lesbian necromancers solving puzzles in space" is accurate, but doesn't even begin to describe it. This book is about terrible people being terrible, but it's also about terrible people learning how to be better people and about terrible people being good. It’s about…god, it’s about skeletons? And magic? and swords
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Tamsyn Muir is a horror, fantasy and sci-fi author whose 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 in Waiuku and central Wellington. She currently lives and works in Oxford, in the United Kingdom.

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