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Gideon the Ninth

Written by: Tamsyn Muir
Narrated by: Moira Quirk
Series: The Locked Tomb Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Emperor needs necromancers. 

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. 

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense. 

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap out of the audio, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. 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 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.

©2019 Tamsyn Muir (P)2019 Recorded Books

What the critics say

"Tamsyn Muir's absorbing storytelling and Moira Quirk's immersive performance create a richly imagined fantasy world.... Quirk is at turns antagonistic, vulnerable, and hopelessly helpful as she characterizes all the participants and stewards of Canaan House.... Listeners will eagerly anticipate the trilogy's next installment." (AudioFile Magazine)

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so enjoyable! kept me guessing the whole time

really liked this book and the narration. great story line. great character development. can't wait to read the next one

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Necromantic and fantastic

it has wonderful over-the-top moments, fantastic World building definitely adding this world and it's lore to my personal fantasy Galaxie, in other words I loved it. the narration was also fantastic! "WE DO BONES MOTHER FER"

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Lives up to the hype

A fantastic and heartbreaking book. I was worried I wouldn't like it as much as I wanted to, but I did. Great performance by Moira Quirk.

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Good narrator, overly complicated story line

this book has a neat new take on a system of magic but is overly complicated. many of the characters could be interchangeable and any that aren't are obviously bad guysor good guys from the start. interesting world though and some good one liners from the main character.

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this book was a rollercoaster of emotions

I'm at a lost on what to say. This book made me laugh cry and hide under my blanket in fright. the narrator did fantastic the setting was refreshingly unique and that ending has me tearing my hair out wondering what happens next and at the same time, waning to stay clear of the next book so i don't have to experience the heartache of a lifetime. This book will be one I listen to over and over and never get bored. To the author ~ I love you for writing this bit also hate you for what you put me through I've never had this much mixed up feelings about anything ever and now nothing makes sense in life. all it all good book

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the best narrator

this narrator was great. there were a lot of characters and she had different recognizable voices for all of them.

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Un-put-downable!

This book started slow and I almost put it down. I am SO GLAD I stuck with it because from the moment Harrow and Gideon left the Ninth, I could not put this book down! It is a labyrinth of shifting motives and loyalties, a spooky delight with a dry humor that kept me chuckling as I tried to guess at the factors at play and the twists coming. This book works brilliantly as a stand alone, but seeds just enough foreshadowing to make me want to pick up the next book ASAP!

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A Unique and Throughly Enjoyable Blend of Genres

Gideon then Ninth was unlike anything I've read previously. Funny, mysterious, and at times emotionally devastating. The narrator does an excellent job of giving each of the characters a unique voice that expertly captures their individual roles and upbringings.

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  • Sarah K.
  • 2019-10-27

Fun. Not art, very gory, but 100% fun.

This is tremendous fun. It may not be high art, but it is top-shelf fun and the voice-acting is superb.

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  • 2019-11-04

a slightly flawed gem

Gideon and Harrow are treasures, great characters with great voices and an interesting tangle of drama. The setting is also highly original and interesting. However, a lot of what makes Gideon so great also feels somewhat out of place in the universe, particularly some of the metaphors used, and the setting itself leaves some gaping gaps in your knowledge, presumably expected to be filled in at the end, where all we really get is prep for a sequel. Also takes far longer to really get going than it should have. Still, it was quite enjoyable and Moira Quirk gives an amazing performance.

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  • JulieG
  • 2019-10-03

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

This book felt like an old friend telling me a story around a campfire, with me clinging to every gritty detail, deepening mystery, and snappy comeback. Gideon is a wonderfully relatable character while also being a total badass. I couldn't *not* love her. Her and Harrow's relationship is so messy and complicated and I love that it only got more complicated as they had to work together and grew as characters. I was consistently pleased by twists and turns in the story, as stakes rose ever higher and the mystery unfolded, and really enjoyed when people would explain whatever crazy thing just happened so I could truly understand and appreciate how crazy it was; it was so conversational that it never felt condescending or halted momentum. The narration was amazing, well acted, and really made me feel I was there with the characters - Moira gave them all such life! Taz, keep at it. As a long time fan of your writing, I can't wait to see what you whip up next.

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  • Jess
  • 2019-09-27

Mind blowingly good

Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gotchic palace in space is what first caught my attention. The rave reviews made me break down and use an audible credit to listen to it. Now I will buy a hard cover copy to keep in my safe so no one can ever ruin it and I will have it forever. From the get go, it grabs your attention and makes you root for Gideon. It makes you slowly fall in love with every character for different reasons, and just when you think it couldn’t get any better, it breaks your heart. This is one of the best books I’ve read in as long as I can remember, and I’ve now got four other people reading it just so we can have a discussion because I can’t NOT talk about this book. Seriously, it’s worth every penny and then some. This book will be a re read, and then I’ll read it again.

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  • Samantha
  • 2019-10-07

struggled to finish

I liked Gideon but I was really hard pressed to understand what is going on and who all the other characters were. Gideon's banter was the only enjoyable part of the book.

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  • Guy Generic
  • 2020-01-10

Yep - Not Very Good

Like many, you'll either be pulled in or pushed away fairly quickly. There was just too much about the setting, characters, and design that are not explained up front and it wasn't worth it to stick along for the ride.

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  • Anastasia Alter
  • 2019-09-29

The perfect mix of dark humor, fantasy, and sci-fi.

What a refreshing novel. The character driven narrative was fun, quirky, surprising, and often endearing (or silicious). I was really impressed at the way sexuality was acknowledged and normalized. It wasn’t weird. Thanks for writing a cheeky read I fell in love with. Can’t wait for the next installment!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-26

Inventive, Hilarious, Emotional

Moira Quirk does an incredible job narrating this wondeful, unique book. Her voices for each character were spot-on and consistent. Her Gideon, in particular, is exquisite. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Lord Nightshade
  • 2019-10-06

it's nothing to write home about

it wasn't amazing, it wasn't awful. I'm returning the book, because I can't say that I will ever listen to it again. The two main characters revolve around an unknown event for the majority of the novel without the reader being made aware until the end. pair this with a sci-fi fantasy setting closer to the 40k universe that only acts as a back drop to a poorly written version of "murder on the orient express" and you get this novel. I won't say that it is a waste of time, just that it could have been better. Moira Quirk was the saving grace of this book, and is the only way I could tolerate this to the finish line.

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  • Atmey
  • 2019-12-11

Swearing is funny, but that is about it.

I keep getting lost in the narrative trying figure out who and why they are speaking and jumping between conversation and description. Characters too angsty.

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