"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?"
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Perhaps New Zealand fantasy author Tamsyn Muir has never been told to stay in her lane. Or, even better, she’s heard the warning but chosen to cheerfully ignore it. Her debut novel, Gideon the Ninth, was a rollicking, snarkily funny adventure about teen lesbians in space. Harrow the Ninth picks up the story right where it left off, but it’s a very different book in mood and structure: darker and more complicated. Muir’s heroine, Harrowhark Nonagesimus, and her fellow necromancers are now in service to a godlike emperor, prepping for a battle against an otherworldly beast who could destroy their entire civilization. Narrator Moira Quirk’s crisp delivery and smart, knowing tone makes this audiobook feel almost like a mystery, complete with a mid-book twist we wouldn’t dare spoil. Muir’s trademark LGBTQ+ inclusivity and madcap sense of humor are on full display—and Quirk delivers both with ease, making the novel an absolute joy to listen to. Bonus: This novel is so different from Gideon the Ninth that it really doesn’t matter which one you read first. Just jump in and enjoy the ride!