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Harrow the Ninth

(The Locked Tomb #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  7,831 ratings  ·  1,808 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.

After rocking the
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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)
Jerome Turner Yes, and especially if reading on Kindle, there are glossaries and all sorts you might find helpful too.
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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 we’re insistent on disliking each other and we were both girls 👉🏽👈🏽
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
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
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
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  ·  review of another edition
So glad one of the greatest writers of our time is a memelord.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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 quest
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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
Spencer Orey
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 nove
Miranda Reads

When you're so emotionally wrecked by the first book and yet are totally ready for the second one to kill you even further...
Eric Allen
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
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f
I’m convinced 100% of this was a fever dream. Review to come.
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2020, ppb
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
Dec 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Hey girl hey
Veronica Belmont
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sl-laser, scifi
Ugh, I finished this and now I want the next book already, and this one isn’t even out until June!!
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
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mel (Epic Reading)
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
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)
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
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Marija (Inside My Library Mind)
More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library Mind

What the Fuck Did I Just Read?
One thing I really appreciate in my literature is authors who do not spoon-feed the story to their readers. That was one of my favorite things about Muir’s debut – she is a writer who doesn’t dumb down her readership and she just throws you into the deep end of the pool and then watches in glee as you thrash around trying to comprehend what is going on. But the water is so good, and thrashing around is so much f
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020

This is the first sequel in YEARS to impress me as much as the first book. I loved this - it was weird, difficult to follow, bold, ambitious, and so so interesting. Muir really knows how to SHOCK me with plot twists, and the ending of this was just as fantastic as the first. Can’t wait for book 3!!
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Reviewed for Fantasy Literature.

Last year’s Gideon the Ninth was a delightfully over-the-top space fantasy that ended with a gut punch that had readers shouting “Damn you, Tamsyn Muir!” and clamoring for the sequel. The sequel, Harrow the Ninth (2020) is here, and I enjoyed it a lot, though there are a few things you’ll want to know going in.

One is that there is a lot going on, much of it cryptic, some of which ties back into details from the first book that might be hazy by now. I wo
Adah Udechukwu
Harrow the Ninth was disappointing and the novel falls short of my expectations.
The novel suffers from over-description and a complex language structure. The novel had a lot of unnecessary words and it seemed as if the author had a word-count target to achieve.
The novel had some moments of awesome and there were some moments when i didn't understand what the fuck was going on.
Book 3 has to be better. Book 3 must be better.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jackie ϟ Bookseller
I received a physical ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Gideon the Ninth 4.5/5 stars: ★★★★1/2☆
Harrow the Ninth 3.5/5 stars: ★★★1/2☆
Alecto the Ninth ???

"You're not waiting for her resurrection; you've made yourself her mausoleum."

In this installment of "The Locked Tomb" trilogy, Harrow has become a lyctor and begins her service to "God," the Emperor. Her past is immediately shrouded in secrecy, however, as nothing that happened in Gideon the Ninth seems to be reality anymore
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If anyone found Gideon to be confusing, Harrow the Ninth is doubly so. I found about the first half of the book to be incredibly disorienting and confusing to read. Eventually it does all make sense, but it takes awhile to get there. This is the sort of book that I would probably enjoy more as a re-read, knowing what's going on and being able to pick out hints and clues, but initially it was quite frustrating. Especially because, as someone who LOVED Gideon as a character, I really missed her vo ...more
Austin Chant
I was already ride or die for this series and now I am... whatever the next step beyond ride or die is.
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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

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The Locked Tomb (3 books)
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