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Harrow the Ninth

Locked Tomb Trilogy, Book 2
Written by: Tamsyn Muir
Narrated by: Moira Quirk
Series: The Locked Tomb Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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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?

©2020 Tamsyn Muir (P)2020 Recorded Books

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Lost memory and more problems

This book has problems. It's not a straightforward as the first book in the series. The author has tried using flashbacks and I'm not convinced it worked. Of course that wasn't helped by my device skipping chapters for no reason but even when I got things in the correct order things weren't that much clearer. There is a lot of dialogue in this book that seems to be too long at times. I enjoyed the first book more. This is the second book in the trilogy and sometimes these books serve as a transition in the story.

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A lot of struggle for a decent pay off

While by the end I'm not entirely disappointed or overjoyed by this I admit the writing has a few issues, mostly the first half or so when Harrow isn't quite there. The second half is wonderful besides a few jokes /punchlines that made me physically recoil at the audacity of this lich

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what

I just listened to the entire thing with no idea what was going on. Still enjoyed every minute of this story.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • liz
  • 2020-09-03

great book

loved it! my favorite part was when Gideon came back like a boss can't wait for the next one

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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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  • N. Cook
  • 2020-08-30

A fuster cluck of a tale.

Ever want to read a book that you can’t understand? This was a slog of mind bending alternate reality/ time distortion and general mystery. We’ll see how my second go round feels....

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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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  • 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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  • A. Castle
  • 2020-08-08

Very good, but if you're in book two you know that

Answers some pretty important questions from the first book, adds a bunch more. Doesn't end as solidly as the first one, but that's probably my biggest complaint. The characters are all interesting, and it's nice to see how the characters from the previous books are doing.

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