Review: Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Myir

September 9, 2020 Book Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Review: Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn MyirHarrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2) by Tamsyn Muir
Series: The Locked Tomb #2
Published by Tor.com on August 4, 2020
Genres: Science Fiction, Sci Fi, Paranormal, New Adult, NA, LGBT, Ghost, Fiction, Fantasy & Magic, Fantasy, Adult, Action & Adventure
Pages: 512
Format: Digital Audio
Source: Libro.fm
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Harrow the Ninth, the sequel 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 station.
She answered the Emperor's call.
She arrived with her arts, her wits, and her only friend.
In victory, her world has turned to ash.
After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues 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 shoulders.
Harrowhark 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 perfect 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 questions: is somebody trying to kill her? And if they succeeded, would the universe be better off?

What. The. Fuck.

I love this series and love both of these books, but that is basically my reaction at the end of both Gideon and Harrow. The last book better leave me with more satisfaction, though I am afraid it won’t.

I literally wanted to start reading it again after I finished it. I listened to the audio, but after I finished I picked up my hardcover (yes yes, I have 2 versions … so far …) and flipped through and reread some ending bits and am still just … what. What did I read? What happened? Are you SERIOUS.

There is almost literally nothing I can say that won’t spoil at least something in this book. The whole thing is one massive spoiler, so here are some general thoughts:
– Since this is Harrow’s POV, the voice is different (which should be obvious, but it was well done and worth pointing out), so it isn’t as funny as Gideon, because Gideon = sarcasm expert, but there is still quite a bit of dark humor. Just a bit different.
– Second person POV?! Insert my shocked face here that it WORKED. I don’t think I’d want to read that often, but it really got you into the story and let you question things along with Harrow.
– We really get a better idea of the bigger universe, even though most of the story takes place in just a few locations. I am amazed how Muir can do so much in such a limited area.

Gah! I want to say SO MUCH MORE but I really think this is one of those stories that is best told when the reader goes in knowing almost nothing. You are meant to be somewhat confused, so just lean into it. If you haven’t read Gideon the Ninth yet, get on it. And then read Harrow the Ninth. And then come talk to me because I need a friend.

I cannot WAIT for the third book.

five-stars

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