Nov 18

Locus on Gideon the Ninth

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

“One of the most irreverent characters I’ve encountered in a long time, Gideon Nav wants only to escape the House of the Ninth, a dark place populated by the dead and the few living necromancers that control them. Gideon, no necromancer but an enthusiastic swordswoman, keeps trying to escape and join the military Cohort, but her plans are continually foiled. Then she’s offered something new—if she accompanies the Lady of the Ninth House, the much-loathed necromancer Harrowhark, on a mission. The Emperor, the King Undying, has called for each house to send their first (Harrowhark) and their cavalier to be tested as potential Lyctors. The problem is the Ninth’s cavalier is unwilling, so Harrowhark drafts Gideon, and the two are off to another world where they end up in an incomprehensible contest against the other eight houses in a decaying, mazelike complex. Foul-mouthed Gideon is a joy to watch as she attempts to pass as a cavalier, falls for one of the competition, and basically spends a hell of a lot of time trying to figure out what’s going on – gradually learning to work with Harrowhark, and maybe even coming to appreciate her. Other characters aren’t always as well delineated, which adds to the confusion at times. This universe is fascinating and the story intense; much remains frustratingly obscure, but intriguingly so. I was seriously starting to question how an empire this decayed could possibly survive, but somehow it all manages to be truly compelling fun. Muir’s impressive first novel offers a heady and macabre mix of science, necromancy, constant danger, and a healthy dollop of Gormenghast-like weirdness like no other.” — Locus

Nov 14

Gideon the Ninth is Amazon’s Best SFF book of 2019!

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir is Amazon’s best science fiction and Fantasy book of 2019! Congratulations, Tamsyn!

Nov 7

Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 nominees

Congratulations to Tamsyn Muir and Yoon Ha Lee on their Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 nominations!

Best Science Fiction:

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Best Middle Grade & Children’s:

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Oct 23

New York Times on Gideon the Ninth

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

“Tamsyn Muir’s GIDEON THE NINTH is a devastating debut that deserves every ounce of hype it’s received, despite the bafflingly misleading marketing around it

Everything I read about Gideon the Ninth before publication seemed to suggest it would be a lighthearted wacky adventure, with much made of the tagline “lesbian necromancers in space”—but I experienced the book as meticulous and moody, full of anguish, haunted by difficult and complex feelings in a wasted universe. Muir marshals a gorgeous cast of characters to delirious effect in a perfectly paced haunted house murder mystery, but it’s less gonzo than it is Agatha Christie writing Gormenghast. Muir is fantastic at both humor and horror, not to mention moving me to tears. I should also note that Gideon the Ninth is not a romance, though queer longing abounds; it’s deft, tense and atmospheric, compellingly immersive and wildly original. It’s honestly perfect as both a satisfying stand-alone and the launch of a trilogy, and I can’t wait until the sequel lands next year.” — New York Times

Sep 19

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir is a USA Today bestseller!

Congratulations to Tamsyn Muir on Gideon the Ninth, the first book in the Ninth House triology, hitting both the USA Today best-selling books list and the Indie Bestsellers hardcover fiction list!

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