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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.”

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)

To quote my response to my favorite library who put this book in my hands, “Fuck. This is almost as intense as the mermaids. I need a fluffy romance cleanser now”. There is also the recommendation I sent to my zucchini, “You need to read this. Fuck. Just holy fuck”. I will attempt to explain myself, but honestly, I am still pretty much stuck at those reviews.

This book was sold to me with two words: lesbian necromancers. That was all I needed. I didn’t need a plot. I didn’t need a cover. I just needed those two words. They have also worked on other people. So I will use them here too: LESBIAN NECROMANCERS.

Ok, now on to the actual book. It was beautifully written. Gideon was the narrator and she had a really distinct voice. She was goofy and fun. She was a bit bitter, had lots of guilt, and really needs someone to look out for her. She is so flawed and so perfect. I love Gideon. I want her to be happy. I shipped her with so many people, but of course, all of them dealt with dead bodies. I shipped her with her necromancer, with another necromancer that I can’t spell her name (but when you read it, you will see), and Jack from Every Heart a Doorway.

Despite my constant shipping, the book was not romantic. There were some threads of romance, but so very faint. There were more threads of connection and family. There were so many twists and turns. There was so much that happened. I was blindsided. I was reading what was feeling like an enemies to lovers queer romance, but then BAM murders. Not just ordinary murders, but really gory and horrifying murders that only a supernatural force could cause. I can’t stand murder plots, but maybe I need to amend that statement to be: I can’t stand murder plots, unless they involve excessive gore and necromancers.

The book is the first in a series, but do not read the second description. It will have a big spoiler on the ending. It will not ruin any of the drama, but it will take some of the twists and turns away.

I am going to go back to being just amazed. I need the second book now. I feel a bit lost without Gideon in my hands.

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5 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book.

You can buy the book here.

~Isaiah