Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: it is Dana’s birthday, folks. But it’s also still quarantine so we had to celebrate a new way… by making sangria with drag queens who live in Lisbon on Zoom. We drank while we cooked, but also drank the sangria and now I am DRUNK.
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.
Drunk Overview: So this… is a weird story. Looking at the cover you think Fantasy and you think dude, but it’s a sci fi and Gideon is a chick. In this world, every planet has a skill they’re known for and a necromancer (yes, the talk to dead people people) for each. Gideon is set to leave when her arch nemesis, Harrow, thwarts the plan and convinces G to be her cavalier (or personal body guard) in a competition to be immortal against all the other houses. Gideon and Harrow are from ninth house. They get to this weird planet in order to become imortL but shit starts happening and Gideon is not pleased.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: this book was a delight. I mean it was creepy AF but also a delight.
Characters: this is written from G’s POV and she is foul mouthed like myself and I fucking loved it. I actually loved all the characters in this. Usually in these mysteries I have at least some idea of whodunnit but this one literally kept me on my toes. I knew it wasn’t Gideon but it literally could have been anyone or anything else. They’re all sympathetic too… I understand all of them and their motives.
Plot: I loved the mystery. The pacing was a bit off, like some times I was like “for real though something needs to happen” and others I needed a minute to sit with it. But otherwise I was in it and I need the rest. I need it now.
Writing Style: the foul mouthed nature spoke to me on a deep emotional level.
World Building: magic in space is the best. Literally the best. I don’t understand the magic all that well but I know when things happen it’s because of magic.
What to pair it with: what’s a better drink that describes my emotional fucking connection to Gideon than tequila shots.
Rating: 4/5 shots
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,