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?
There are a few books I have anticipated more than this book. It is no secret that Gideon The Ninth rocked my world and blew my mind, with an ending that had me desperate for the next book in the series. I really wasn’t sure how this second book was going to be able to hold up to the hype that I built it up to.
At first this book was a bit of a let down it was difficult to read as it’s mostly written in the second person and I struggled to connect with Harrow. I was frustrated and upset and then it all started to connect a bit more and I got into the rhythm and I found myself absolutely enthralled. After having read maybe 4 chapters then setting it down for a few days I then read the reast of the book in 24 hours, obsessively.
I so often doubted my own sanity throughout this book and found myself wondering if I actually remember the first book right. This is only emphasized by the second perspective writing. We overall get a much better sense of who Harrow is and what a freaking bad ass she really is while also how pathetic she can be. For the first 75% of this book it was excellent and living up to what I had hoped for.
Then, it exploded and was phenomenal. Muir twisted a twist till it was no longer a twist and then threw it on its head. I thought I had everything figured out and knew what was happening and then I was so wrong. So rarely does the second book surpass that of the first but I am sitting here stunned and with far more questions than answers. The only thing I do know is that Ianthe is somehow not the worst while simultaneously continuing to be the worst!
I give Harrow The Ninth:
A Review Copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.