Can’t Wait Wednesday - Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, originally hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Since Jill is no longer hosting it, I'm joining Can’t Wait Wednesday movement over at Wishful Endings.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Expected publication: September 10, 2019 by

“Unlike anything I’ve ever read. ” ―V.E. Schwab

“Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space!” ―Charles Stross

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 off the page, 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.

I've had an ARC of this in hand for months now, and while I did sneak a peek - and loved the first few chapters that I read - I've been trying hard to wait for closer to the release date. I suspect I'll give in and settle in for a read over vacation next week.


  1. I'm excited for this too! It seems very different from everything else I've read, so I'm curious:-)

  2. This is completely new to me. The cover is nicely creepy and definitely memorable!

  3. This book can't come soon enough. I keep hoping for an ARC but I think I may just have to preorder.

  4. Cover looks positively creetastic. I'm looking forward to checking out this one too.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum


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