Gideon the Ninth

The Locked Tomb #1

Tamsyn Muir

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ science fiction
adventurous dark funny medium-paced

448 pages | first published 2019

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 skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won't set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon's sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

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dark 86%
adventurous 83%
funny 73%
mysterious 71%
tense 43%
emotional 32%
challenging 17%
sad 11%
lighthearted 6%
hopeful 1%
inspiring 0%
reflective 0%
relaxing 0%


medium 67%
fast 23%
slow 9%

Plot- or character-driven?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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