Book Review: Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Harrow the Ninth
by Tamsyn Muir
Indie Author: No
Kindle Unlimited: No
Publication Date: 8.4.20

Genres: 
Gothic Fiction
Space Fleet Science Fiction
Space Operas

Page Count: 512 Pages

Synopsis:

Harrow the Ninth, the sequel to 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?

Sabetha's Review:

5/5

I thought the first book in this series was mind-blowingly epic, but this one takes the cake.

I can tell you that this book is written in 1st, 2nd and 3rd perspectives but that’s not going to matter. Experiencing the elegance in the authors masterful writing abilities is going to be like nothing you’ve read before.

Harrow wasn’t one of my favorite characters from the first book, but this book changed my perspective on her as a person. As we discover what it really means to be apart of the Emperor’s team, we also get a deep dive into her childhood, and the events that shaped her.

Once we hit the 75% part I about fell out of my chair. Exactly what I was hoping for happened, and it was epic, amazing, all the keywords. But the ending left me in wtf land. Now with the announcement of a 4th book in this series, I’m just reeling at all the possibilities for where this story is going to go.

Tamsyn’s necromancers are A+, one of the best renditions I’ve ever come across. The darkness in the world building, the multi-dimension aspects, the political intrigue, all of it, so fantastic. This book lacked no where.

You’re going to love this book if you like different from the norm scifi, sarcastic characters, double crossing, and the strange and unusual.

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