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Ct her skills and become an angel of undeath but her health is failing her sword makes her nauseous and even her mind is threatening to betray her Sealed in the gothic gloom of the Emperor's Mithraeum with three unfriendly teachers hunted by the mad ghost of a murdered planet Harrow must confront two unwelcome uestions is somebody trying to kill her And if they succeeded would the universe be better off. Amazing seuel I respect this book a lot for taking serious risks and pulling them all off It s markedly different from the first book but also fully grounded in the larger universe of the story And without giving anything away there are twists that are so good and seem to be set up so early that now I want to read the first book all over againI m going to run out of words for how much I loved this book It s funny heartbreaking riveting and also dense with details throughout I want to read at least the last uarter of the book again to better figure out everything that happened Mostly I kept flying along because I was so totally wrapped up in all the necromancer drama There were so many characters and I loved all of themCompared to the first book there s a change in the writing style that took me a while to get used to And there are some revelations throughout that relied on details I missed by not reading close enough But I have no complaints about any of that I love a book that s so well written that it can get going at full speed and trust that I ll try my best to keep up And the result was just amazingAnyways if you haven t read Gideon yet go do that It was my favorite book last year Then read this It s fantasticAnd the audiobook is just as perfect as the first book Please can Moira uirk do all the audiobooks

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Harrow the Ninth

Ontinues the story of the penumbral Ninth House in Harrow the Ninth a mind twisting puzzle box of mystery murder magic and mayhem Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the Emperor and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman's shouldersHarrowhark Nonagesimus last necromancer of the Ninth House has been drafted by her Emperor to fight an unwinnable war Side by side with a detested rival Harrow must perfe. To sum up it s a lovely migraine of a book I was not following all of this because necromantic theory is a lot of hot bullshit even when I m not busy having Complex Emotions If you thought Gideon the Ninth was a bit bonkers do I have a surprise for you Enter Harrow the Ninth that makes Gideon seem like the easiest and most straightforward story there ever was Harrow is so deliberately confusing frustrating and over the top that I had to reach into my brain and forcibly shut off the part of it that s responsible for logically trying to figure out what s going on instead just going along with a weird slightly insane ride where like in a haunted funhouse madhouse nothing is what is seems and what it should be I usually hate books that force me to do that But with Harrow the Ninth it was ultimately worth it I could protect you if you d only ask me to said Ianthe the First A tepid trickle of sweat ran down your ribs I would rather have my tendons peeled from my body one by one and flossed to shreds over my broken bones you said I would rather be flayed alive and wrapped in salt I would rather have my own digestive acid dripped into my eyes So what I m hearing is maybe said Ianthe Our weirdo fanatical necromancer Harrowhark Nonagesimus strange and creepy even by the murky standards of spacefaring necromancer society built on skeleton labor and bone magic and swordplay has supposedly ascended to the coveted Lyctorhood at the terrible cost of a sacrifice of the only living person she ever cared for becoming the superpowered magical knight to the Necrolord Prime the Undying Emperor for the last 10000 years Or so it should have been In fact everything seems terribly and confusingly wrong The powers are not what they are supposed to be the memories are not what we know happened the madness and insane confusion rule and God seems to go by the name of John Oh also there s a dead body ghost haunting you and a corpse that refuses to stay dead And half of it is in second person narration And it refuses to make sense for two thirds of the story Oh and the time jumps lets not forget that And what I can only call reality jumps as well in addition to time jumps Everything is just so wrong And Harrowhark Nonagesimus seems to really be losing it But Harrowhark Harrow who was two hundred dead children Harrow who loved something that had not been alive for ten thousand years Harrowhark Nonagesimus had always so badly wanted to live She had cost too much to die Tamsyn Muir could have stuck with the snappy juvenile ish snark that was both the best and the worst bit of Gideon the Ninth the one that made me both entertained and a bit tired from all the eye rolling It would have been fun and familiar But instead she throws us into the confused jumble of Harrow s possibly insane and very much haunted mind without a lifeboat It s sink or swim narration so grab the nearest piece of flotsam and stay adrift In the real world I have been fatally stabbed The place that holds my body is about to be overrun by thanergetic monsters created by a galactic revenant I am put bluntly on the verge of death My soul is under siege and I overwrote my real memories with a ghost filled pocket dimension which has now apparently been co opted by some kind of poltergeist From what I can tell I am stuck in here I cannot get out And I am about to die I may even be dead already which will render this all somewhat moot Under all the craziness this is a book about loss and grief It may be hidden and masked and avoided but it s constantly there just underneath the surface sharp and relentless Harrow is grieving even if she refuses to understand it And she feels tremendous guilt And let s not forget the haunted bit either She s struggling to survive all while around her the entire world is in danger and dead planet revenants are threatening the fabric of existence and the spaceshipboneyard can only protect them for so long and while the whole Lyctorship has gone terribly wrong and each chapter counts down to the Emperor s murderAnd necromancers still have to make soup That s not a jokeThe clues to what is going on are scattered everywhere You know those are all clues but putting them together is hard and for the two thirds of the story you d do better if you just collect them in your mind and let them sit there and wait until Muir comes to the part where answers start It s frustrating but also fun Some of them are easy some seem to come out of the left field but they are all rewarding There s a cringeworthy immortal heretical threesome that made me and Harrow flee in terrified embarrassment There are planetary homicides There are poignant ruminations on very messed up childhoods full of cruelty and neglect There are objectively terrible pop culture jokes and I am certain that Muir makes them glaringly obviously bad on purpose as a self aware mockery in this case There are loving and horrifying descriptions of bones and viscera that would fascinate anatomists and graverobbers alike Those who are dead make appearances since when has death stopped anyone in a society of necromancers and some of those make me sueal with happiness and you really should brush up on Gideon the Ninth plot prior to starting this book because otherwise it won t be nearly as much fun Do not fucking ask me for information I could not be lost right now Tamsyn Muir has created characters that are both immensely unlikable view spoilerexcept Gideon but not Gideon Prime Gideon is awesome and I love her dearly the ball of red haired juvenile snark she is hide spoiler

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Harrow the Ninth the seuel to the sensational USA Today best selling novel Gideon the Ninth turns a galaxy inside out as one necromancer struggles to survive the wreckage of herself aboard the Emperor's haunted space stationShe answered the Emperor's callShe arrived with her arts her wits and her only friendIn victory her world has turned to ashAfter rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut Tamsyn Muir c. No one does it uite like Muir I could protect you if you d only ask me toI would rather have my tendons peeled from my body one by one and flossed to shreds over my broken bones I would rather be flayed alive and wrapped in salt I would rather have my own digestive acid dripped into my eyes So what I m hearing is maybeAnd by that I mean no one confuses me so utterly for so long in such devastating ways only to give me exactly what I want and then completely messes with my mind all over again by the final pages of the book What the fuck is going on what a moodLike what even is that Huh Seriously How dare You re certain that spoiler tried to kill HarrowYeah But that doesn t why would she Do not fucking ask me for information I could not be lost right nowIn a scarily similar recreation of my reading experience with GIDEON THE NINTH this book took me forever to get through because of slumps work life the world etc Also because this book is over five hundred pages of who even fucking knows Truly I had no idea what was happening because while I understood the words I was reading and there were familiar characters and faces even some familiar ish events nothing made sense I was confounded confused and having a crazy good time anyway This author has skills I tell you No one else could put me through this nonsense and have me asking for Stay hereGet fucked I absolutely did not become the eighth saint to serve the King Undying so spoiler could play hero for me Why did you ascend to be LyctorUltimate power and posters of my faceAll I can say is don t go in expecting to understand anything Possibly ever Because what little I thought I had eventually grasped by the end of book one was just poof gone by the start of this And then what I thought I had pieced back together just before this concluded Obliterated Elle oh elle She wants the D The D stands for deadBut speaking of that I laughed oh how I laughed Some parts were so outrageous I couldn t believe it It was weird it was whacky it was wonderful I want Because here we are again where I have been devastated with how this second book has concluded and I what but I I was not following all of this because necromantic theory is a lot of hot bullshit even when I m not busy having Complex EmotionsYeah I need book three like yesterday45 stars I received an ARC from the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities WHO DO I HAVE TO BONE TO GET THISis it bad that I laughed at my own bone joke wait don t answer this uestion


10 thoughts on “Harrow the Ninth

  1. says:

    what if we were goth necromancers in space who have to fight in a deathly war and we’re insistent on disliking each other and we were both girls 👉🏽👈🏽

  2. says:

    No one does it uite like Muir I could protect you if you'd only ask me toI would rather have my tendons peeled from my body

  3. says:

    After the wonderful GIDEON THE NINTH Muir could have stayed with what worked a snarky protagonist with a contemporary sensibility that while incredibly emotionally moving was also just a lot of fun but she did no

  4. says:

    So glad one of the greatest writers of our time is a memelord

  5. says:

    To sum up it’s a lovely migraine of a book “I was not following all of this because necromantic theory is a lot of hot bullshit even when I'm not busy having Complex Emotions” If you thought Gideon the Ninth was a bit bonkers do I have a surprise for you Enter Harrow the Ninth that makes “Gideon” seem like the easiest and

  6. says:

    OMG NUFF SAID

  7. says:

    “Why did you ascend to be a Lyctor?”“Ultimate power And posters of my face” Most writers try to chase tren

  8. says:

    The mindbending adventures of the necromancers continue Full review first posted on wwwFantasyLiteraturecom along with 3 others from my co reviewers there Harrow the Ninth the seuel to the Nebula and Hugo Award no

  9. says:

    Amazing seuel I respect this book a lot for taking serious risks and pulling them all off It's markedly different from the first book but also fully grounded in the larger universe of the story And without giving anything away there are twists that are so good and seem to be set up so early that now I want to read the first book all

  10. says:

    I'm pleased to say that this seuel to Gideon the Ninth not only answers a few uestions but breaks the mold established by the first and plows through the fields of the dead to create or destroy all of creationI mean what else can you expect when you're dealing not only with necromantic gods in a supremely hi tech post humanity universe? The

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