Review of Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Updated: Aug 3, 2020
Gideon’s speech is modern and biting, there are darkly funny moments, and the friendships and loyalty resonate in a lovely way.
The tone of Tamsyn Muir's Gideon the Ninth was unlike any fantasy novel I’ve read—Gideon’s speech is modern and biting, there are darkly funny moments, and the friendships and loyalty that develop seem impossible, yet resonate in a lovely way. It’s really a fascinating book.
I read this during Pandemic Times, which slowed me down and also, I believe, made it tougher than it should’ve been for me to differentiate between some of the secondary characters. (They’re also each called by multiple titles and names, which became slightly jumbled in my mind at times.)
The settings are so stark and unique and clearly built that I think the general sense of this book is going to haunt me for a long time. And the ending—! What what what?! Book two, please.
What did you think?
This is the first in Muir's Locked Tomb series, and I'm excited to the second, Harrow the Ninth.