Kat Recommends: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
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 be 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.
I have read this book no less than five times. Every single time I read it, I find some new detail I missed, some wicked piece of foreshadowing that flew right over my head last time. In its essence it is a gothic locked-door murder mystery full of necromancy, swordplay, and intrigue. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it makes me a bit hollow inside, and I love it every freaking time.
The Locked Tomb series, of which this is the first book, keeps getting better. Every new book in the series gives you context for previous entries, which just makes things richer and richer as you go. Also, there are skeletons and revenants and ghosts and such, so, definitely a perfect read for your October season.
Trigger warnings for: gore, body horror, violence, suicide, infanticide, and Ianthe Tridentarius
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