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Harrow the Ninth

(The Locked Tomb #2)

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  126 reviews

Harrow the Ninth, the sequel to the sensational, USA today best-selling novel 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.


Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Expected publication: 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,…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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chai ♡
Mar 28, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
what if we were goth necromancers in space who have to fight in a deathly war and were insistent on disliking each other and we were both girls 👉👈 ...more
Nov 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-tbr

(is it bad that I laughed at my own bone joke wait don't answer this question)
Rebecca Roanhorse
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
Emily Duncan
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So glad one of the greatest writers of our time is a memelord.
Nomadic Reader (Baba Yaga)
I promise I'll write a proper review closer to the publication date. For the time being, let me just say that this book includes some of the most raw, unique, and authentic depictions of PTSD and mental illness I've ever read.
Also, the representation is #ownvoices (more info here, but beware of potentially triggering content): author interview.
Hopefully this awful situation will teach some of y'all that you need to stop harassing survivors once and for all.


Hey Taz Muir...
When I said
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Hey girl hey
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Im convinced 100% of this was a fever dream. Review to come. ...more
Veronica Belmont
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, sl-laser
Ugh, I finished this and now I want the next book already, and this one isnt even out until June!! ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
sofia (sam willows)
i think my mind and soul are broken in the best way possible after this

thank you macmillan for an advanced copy of this book
i've been obsessed with gideon the ninth for MONTHS, and i'm also obsessively making theories and holding on to this world so to say that i'm looking forward to this book would be a HUGE understatement
Megan ❀
Sep 30, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased  ·  review of another edition
Can Harrow raise me from the dead because I'm actually deceased over how gorgeous this cover is
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
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
**I recieved an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
This was an absolute bonkers shitshow and I loved almost every minute of it.
The first third or so was bewildering, and I spent most of my time parsing what I was supposed to know from what was intended to be confusing. But by the middle, when things started falling into place, I felt like all of the issues paid off. The middle third of this book was devastating, exciting, hilarious, triumphant. It was everything Gideon was
what the FUCK?

I have to lie down and stare at the ceiling for several hours and just whisper, "what the fuck?" Repeatedly. To the dark.



I should write a longer review, but for now: official blurb:

Harrow builds on all the impossibilities and bizarre brilliance of Gideon. It manages to be both a thorough and heartwrenching exploration of
a paige in a book
Were getting Gideon back, right? Right?!

My hearts already a pulped mess of quivering jelly, and I know, just from the blurb, that this books going to destroy whats left. The thought of Harrow wandering around a gloomy old ship without Gideon by her side I just want to sit on the floor and cry. Im suffering!
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tiffany Bookwormgram
Immediate thoughts:

Damnit, this book was so good its not even fair!

After some thought:

Fuck. Tamsyn Muir is a genius. //stares at the ceiling for the rest of eternity//
This book is truly life changing. I had no idea how Muir was going to make something as great as Gideon the Ninth....but, she managed to make something even greater. I cant even explain to you my experience reading this book. Only that it was perfect, and explicitly more deadly to my heart. Truly a series Im going to remember for the rest of my life. ...more
Leah Rachel von Essen

Harrow the Ninth isnt a very reliable narrator. Shes pretty sure shes insane, because she keeps seeing and hearing things no one else canright? She knows that her cavalier died in order to make her a Lyctor, a semi-immortal knight of the Emperorbut if they did, why are none of her Lyctor powers kicking in? And shes only mostly sure she can trust the Emperor, aka God, who makes a surprising number of dad jokes, and shes pretty sure she cant trust any of her fellow Lyctors, because one of them is

Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH. OH NO. NO NO NO. I did not just read this in two sittings and make it so I have to wait 1-2 years to read the third book. I did not just have my soul torn out, leaving me an empty shell to wither away during time's merciless onslaught.

Oh I did.

Anyway. This book. THIS BOOK. Maybe I can be more coherent later, but I love this book with all of my much-stabbed then re-healed necromantic heart. Two-thirds in, when you get to that spot (you'll know the spot I'm talking about), you'll shout a lot
You're lost and confused most of the time, but then you realize it's because you're following the events from the POV of a confused, oblivious idiot gay and suddenly it's okay because you too are a confused, oblivious idiot gay (bi) and can relate.

(view spoiler)
Virginja ↢ 99% imp
Nov 11, 2019 marked it as to-read
11/11/19 I just read the prologue excerpt and OH MY GOD Im going to have an heart attack.
So I have a theory: we have already met Alecto the Ninth in GtN but we dont know who she is. I have a guess: she is the girl Harrow saw when she was a kid! Cant wait to come back to this phenomenal world!
one flesh, one end, bitch.
Feb 08, 2020 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
Still processing Gideon the Ninth but also cannot believe I didn't already add this on here, SMH
Sep 19, 2019 marked it as to-be-released  ·  review of another edition
god if theres ever a meager chance youre real and Out There im begging you LET ME HAVE THIS BOOK NOW ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have questions. One of them being, how the (view spoiler) did Tamsyn Muir write an even better book than Gideon the Ninth?
elise p
we needs it
Laura (crofteereader)
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
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Jordan Shiveley
I probably don't have to say anything about how amazing the precursor to Harrow the ninth (Gideon the Ninth) was right? You have the love of that sword-wielding disaster lesbian engraved on your bones and sanctified to the holy dead of the Ninth I am sure. And if you are burning with a cold dead flame for more of the same...this book is probably not for you. However, if you want to step deeper into the dark current of the world that is the Locked Tomb trilogy, if you want to read an author ...more
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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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The Locked Tomb (3 books)
  • Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)
  • Alecto the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #3)

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