Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #1) by Tamsyn Muir

An interesting experience …

So, this book came up in discussion in an online group and while it did not really sound like my kind of book, I was curious enough to check it out. It could be that I need a necromancer in my life (or perhaps in my afterlife).

Here’s the novel blurb:

‘The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

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.’

And so I met Gideon. I fell into the story, keen to find out how it would end and just how good Gideon might be. I finished the book, full of admiration for Ms Muir’s storytelling. Once I go over the weirdness (to me) of the world I was reading about, I became caught up in the story. Hmm. Now I think I want to know what will happen next. Maybe.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith