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Summary

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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Bemused

I really enjoyed the previous book, and I did finish this one, although most of the time I had absolutely no idea what was going on. I was ok till half way through and then... lost. I don't want an author to explain everything, I'm usually quite happy to draw my own conclusions and figure out the gaps. But this was bonkers. I had no idea which people were actually alive and which were ghosts, or inhabiting someone else's body, or which bits were memories or happening in the present. The great writing - clever and funny - kept me listening but I skipped an hour at the end because I was totally flummoxed and didn't enjoy it enough to go back and reread the last third or more, especially since I had no idea where the essential information might be.
So - good writing, good characters, really enjoyable narration but a confusing, convoluted and taxing story.

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Excellent reading of an excellent book

Moira Quirk absolutely nails this reading. Superb, engaging story, addictive plot, flawless performance. A fast-paced and intricate sci-fi thriller with some of the most vivid and realised characters in modern writing; a combination of savvy millennial in-jokes and complex literary allusions, plenty of bathos, and some emotional gut punches that leave you short of breath.

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confusing

I really struggled to finish this. found the story line confusing & didn't really understand the story despite my persistence. shame as usually I can't turn them off once I'm into a story, the reader was great with the voices & I loved the characters personalities. Think the author just isn't for me.

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Disappointing second book

After a great first book I was expecting the same quality. Unfortunately, this book has no tempo, It tries to mix what is happening with what our hero remembers as the truth from the first book. You simply can't listen to this straight after finishing the first one.

This reminds me of any successful TV series, where for the second season they start adding fillers and flashbacks to drag the story on for multiple more seasons. As a result, this book has multiple chapters with zero value to the story. We have an exciting necromantic story in space and the author stops the plot development with imaginary scenes about people having slow irrelevant conversations in between. I lost all respect for the author for agreeing to publish this. Almost every second chapter was a skip for me.

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Brilliant

Utter Perfection, I loved every second and I NEED the third book, both books are phenomenal. And I can't wait for more!

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Requires you listen carefully, well worth it.

Requires a intimate knowledge of first book to be understood even a little.
Multiple narratives are interwoven and may be difficult to follow if you are distracted but well worth the very human and endearing characters in this necromantic setting.

As the second book in the series, it might not have the same spark as the first, where the world is introduced and discovered by characters and readers alike. This second book however pulls the narrative rug from under the reader, seeding pieces of a puzzle in chapter as understanding is slowly rebuilt. This might not be to everyone liking, but if you like the world from the first book, pay attention, stick with it and you will be rewarded.
The Third book will hopefully raise the crescendo of this trilogy to its deserved conclusion.

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A bold experiment but mixed results

The author sought to challenge the reader by pulling them into a long strategically laid out labyrinth. But this just makes it a struggle to finish as the plot crawls on it's belly to an explosive final act that flies through twists and revelations at break neck speed. A sad middle child of what will hopefully be redeemed in the final book otherwise wonderfully narrated. Skip to act 5.

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Great story with a fantastic narrator. Be warned, will leave you dying to know what happens next.

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Second Book Syndrome

This book is 80% filler, fluff, padding, absolutely irrelevant to the overarching plot. But kudos to the narrator bc she was much easier to understand than in the first book.

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Great prose, confusing mess of a story

What could have been pure class is sadly spoiled by a basic lack of clarity that should have been picked up by beta readers and a vaguely competent editor. Either Muir doesn't listen to feedback or she was let down by her team. Great shame either way.

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  • Mike G. PD for life
  • 07-08-20

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.
  • 08-08-20

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
  • 11-08-20

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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  • Chad Roberts
  • 22-09-20

What a mess

The first book was really good. This was not. The first 3/4 of the book is like being in the mind of a drunk schizophrenic dementia patient. I'm pretty sure this was deliberate but its a miserable experience for the reader/listener. The last part of the book explains the first and isnt bad but doesn't make up for the unenjoyable time spent on the first 3/4 or so.

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  • Stacie
  • 07-10-20

I hate this book

I bought the actual book first. but it just sounded like gibberish, so i also bought the audiobook. I was thinking maybe that way I could get around the way this is written better, that is not the case. I have a headache and at chapter four I want to give up. I loved the first book so much I gifted one to a friend of mine, but it was much easier to read then this second book. I'm so dissapointed.

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  • A. Singer
  • 01-10-20

More Gideon, less everything else

I spent the whole book waiting for Gideon to reappear. finally she did, and there were some parts that reminded me of why I lasted through this second book. The first book was so good that I was sure this would come together in the end. unfortunately, it did not. it was a bit like Dead Astronauts meets Gideon the Ninth, with all of the confusing parts of the former, and not enough of the snark of the latter.

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  • Julie
  • 11-08-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-20

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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  • Laura
  • 28-08-20

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
  • 09-08-20

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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