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  • Harrow the Ninth

  • Locked Tomb Trilogy, Book 2
  • Written by: Tamsyn Muir
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (221 ratings)

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Harrow the Ninth

Written by: Tamsyn Muir
Narrated by: Moira Quirk
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2020 Tamsyn Muir (P)2020 Recorded Books

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the book? impeccable. the jokes? even moreso

At first I was a little jarred by the use of second-person narration, but the nature of how this book is written is perfect for its mysterious and wonderfully confusing narrative. It is a slower burn than the first book, but that smoldering ember bursts into a raging bonfire of a finale. i cant count the number of times I gasped out loud, or clapped my hand over my mouth in awe. Another Masterpiece by Muir, wonderfully brought to life by Quirk

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Best Book of 2020

After the masterpiece that is Gideon the Ninth, I didn't think a second book could compare. But this book blows the first out of the water. The complexity of the second relies on your knowledge of the first for you to pick out the nuances, the subtle and not-so-subtle details of things that are Not Right. The second-person style of this book brings into brilliant relief Harrow's disassociation with the events at the end of the last book. It emphasizes her grief, her struggles, and really brings her humanity to the forefront. Her denial, her hallucinations, the reactions of the people around her raise questions, theories, and twists at every turn. When they all started to reveal themselves in the end, I got tingles. This book is easily the best I'll read all year and Moira Quirk's narration is simply impeccable.

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Disappointing Follow-Up

I loved Gideon the Ninth, but the sequel didn't do anything for me. I gave up when I had reached the halfway point and still didn't really understand what this story was even about. Without Gideon's snark to pull me through, I had no reason to keep on listening. I mean, Harrow is still an entertaining character, but I needed some Gideon-level wit and irreverence to get me through this one, and it just wasn't there. Maybe I'll try this one again someday, and maybe I'll understand what's going on, but for now, I'm totally in the dark and this was a messy, confusing let-down.

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Fun and Poetic - Sometimes Difficult to Follow

Loved and kinda was annoyed at times? This book asks a lot of the reader in terms of world building knowledge and keeping track of characters. It sacrifices clarity of writing and character intent for the mystery required for the story, but it is STILL a good read - I promise. World and characters are interesting and the work is more sci-fi brushing with Lovecraft-horror than other works and the author is VERY good at character voice. I would characterize this book in particular as 'if Edna St Vincent Millay  wrote a Lovecraftian fanfiction sci-fi-horror and it was bluntly more gay.'

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Kate Bush

If Running Up That Hill was a novel, but goth, this would be that novel.

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Confused? Listen to it again - it worked for me!

This is a dense, dizzying and delightful tome. Having, instantly listened to it right after Gideon the Ninth, I was VERY disoriented. I could not keep track of the living or the dead, and somehow, I think that's exactly what the author wanted.

In preparation for Nona the Ninth, I've revisited the series and I will say that I appreciated the artistry of Harrow the Ninth far more upon the second listen. There's a trail of bread crumbs (or bone bits?) peppered throughout the first two books and finally, having noticed them I can now truly revel in the gory, tragic, hilarious details of this necro space opera.

You can tell that Quirk had as much fun performing at Muir did writing it. Honestly, at this point, I could listen to Moira Quirk read a phonebook and enjoy myself.

Highly recommend you give it another listen if Muir confounded you the first time like she did with me!

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Good but Confusing

I ended up enjoying the book, but really had to work to get there. For the first 3 hours I had no idea what was going on. A friend, who’d read it, encouraged me to keep going. It did eventually make senses, mostly. I did not enjoy it as much as the first. Unfortunately, I am in love with the characters so I will likely continue on to the third when it’s released.

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Deeply frustrating

For 75% the author gives us no idea what is going on. Nothing makes sense nothing is explained. The final 25% does not make up for this even though it does answer most of the questions and gets back to the tone of the first book. The prose is beautiful the storytelling is not. The performance is top notch. This is the least satisfying book I have read this year.

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great sequel

loved it, performance was great and the story was great, though a bit hard to follow at times, overall fantastic and I can't wait for the next one.

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just love it a lot. a lot a lot.

I loved it. I need time to process my thoughts. but I loved it and it destroyed me

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  • Katrina H.
  • 2020-08-08

Twisted, Challenging, Luscious and Devious

This one isn't for the listeners who want an easy, relaxing story to half pay attention to while they clean or mow the lawn. This book demands your full attention. If you are like me and hate reading books in the second person, don't let that deter you here. This may be the first time I have ever seen that perspective used so well.

Harrow is not Gideon, and this book is not the first book. Prepare to feel your brain hurt and to question your own senses and understanding of past, present, and future events, just as Harrow feels her own sanity slip away throughout the story. If this also makes you hesitate to read this book, then let me reassure you that it contains all the wit, the jokes, the absurd and the wildly entertaining action of the first book. Don't miss this one. The narrator performs the same excellent performance as the first, really hitting some complex nuances of dialog and carrying the thick, sometimes almost too luscious descriptions of this crazy world the author has created. 5/5 across the board!

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  • Mike G. PD for life
  • 2020-08-07

Who needs Ambien when I've got a book like this?

While I enjoyed Gideon, this sequel centered around an amnesiac Harrow is incredibly difficult to drudge through. I found myself having to go back because I would get bored and stop paying attention, or fall asleep and wake up chapters later.

I could go on and on but it wouldn't be worth writing it all down. Just know this novel isnt nearly the same quality as its predecessor. Only make this purchase if you're okay with a weaker story and significantly weaker writing.

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  • Chase Sutter
  • 2020-08-11

Brilliant in a completely different way than 1st

Never read a sequel less like the original. I'm short on time, but for now suffice it to say that I loved it. It ties up more loose ends from Gideon than I realized were left to be pulled, and I only have the vaguest of ideas of where the next book will go.

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  • Chad Roberts
  • 2020-09-22

What a mess

The first book was really good. This was not. The first 3/4 of the book is like being in the mind of a drunk schizophrenic dementia patient. I'm pretty sure this was deliberate but its a miserable experience for the reader/listener. The last part of the book explains the first and isnt bad but doesn't make up for the unenjoyable time spent on the first 3/4 or so.

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  • Stacie
  • 2020-10-07

I hate this book

I bought the actual book first. but it just sounded like gibberish, so i also bought the audiobook. I was thinking maybe that way I could get around the way this is written better, that is not the case. I have a headache and at chapter four I want to give up. I loved the first book so much I gifted one to a friend of mine, but it was much easier to read then this second book. I'm so dissapointed.

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  • A. Singer
  • 2020-10-01

More Gideon, less everything else

I spent the whole book waiting for Gideon to reappear. finally she did, and there were some parts that reminded me of why I lasted through this second book. The first book was so good that I was sure this would come together in the end. unfortunately, it did not. it was a bit like Dead Astronauts meets Gideon the Ninth, with all of the confusing parts of the former, and not enough of the snark of the latter.

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  • Julie
  • 2020-08-11

SOOOO GOOOOD

This book is so good! On track to be my favorite of 2020 (no surprise there—Gideon took 2019). More space and less horror than the first, and with a mass of psychological thrills! UGH!!! Beautiful, wonderful, thought-provoking. Sooo good. Ready for the third.

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  • Laura
  • 2020-08-28

Twisty tale

It's hard to make a sequal a mystery as well. But the author pulls it off here. Do not read unless you have read Gideon the Ninth first!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-09-01

Great performance, great book

I struggled with the intro a bit because of some changes from the first book, but once past that I loved it as much as the first. Timeline was confusing until the end, which answered so many questions but also presented new ones and I can't wait for book 3

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-08-09

Loved!!

I couldn't love the Locked Tomb series more if I tried coz I'm pretty sure something would combust. I'm so glad that Moira Quirk is the one performing these books because she's absolutely perfect! A goddess among narrators!

This is my second time through, and it certainly won't be the last!

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  • Lewis Down
  • 2022-02-20

lesbians 2: everyone is dead and so are you

mind bendingly hilarious, elegantly nerve wracking, succinctly verbose, beautifully vulgar, literaryly cinematic and overall pretty good