Pre-order: ICYMI Harrow the Ninth

Hello readers!

You may recall last year, several of our booksellers liked a weird little sci-fi book called Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir. Really, really, really liked it. You might almost say it was our collective favorite book of the year. It’s weird, it’s wild, it’s got lesbians and necromancers and murder mysteries and space travel. It’s entirely unexpected and wholly unique.

You might have heard of it, considering it’s been shortlisted for a few awards (Nebula, Hugo, Locus…).

Anyway, all this is to say, the stunning sequel, Harrow the Ninth comes out in two weeks, on August 4th, and we could not be more excited.

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Harrow is a masterpiece of non-linear storytelling and creative points of view. Told in a mix of first, second, and third person, this book is a puzzle; bits and pieces of the story and the characters are slowly put together from the outside in, filling in the picture of the next step in Harrow’s necromantic journey until you get to end and see it in all its splendor. Much like Gideon, you have to stick with this one. It’s complex, sometimes confusing, but it all coalesces at the end into something absolutely astonishing.

For those of you who have read Gideon and are perhaps worried that the end of the first book will affect the humor and voice of the second–worry not. Harrow is just as dry, witty, dark, and full of memes as Gideon is. Some familiar faces make appearances, (which is a fun shock to the system each time), and some new frenemies show up to make you love to hate them–and hate to love them. Also, I’m pretty sure God is a millennial. It’s delightful.

Harrow builds on all the impossibilities and bizarre brilliance of Gideon. It manages to be both a thorough and heart-wrenching exploration of grief and also a mind-blowing, ridiculous mystery with a deep dive into the squishy aspects of necromancy. Clever and twisted, with the insane reveals and wacky humor Tamsyn Muir does best, Harrow is a slow-build of intensity that will have you questioning everything and will leave you screaming for more.

–Megan

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Muir somehow obliterates her own debut with its follow-up, Harrow the Ninth. This is fleshy where Gideon was bony, still sharp as a two-hander, and with the same dry humor, but even danker. A little experimental in POV (I personally love 2nd person when it’s handled well, and phew it is here) and in continuity, and another utter delight if you love your characters with few morals and killer aesthetics.

–Allison

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You still have time to pre-order Harrow the Ninth, which comes out on August 4th.

Happy reading!

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