Hello, everyone! September is here, which means it’s time to talk new book releases! This is coming in a tad bit late since I was at Dragon*Con all weekend and am now suffering from post-con depression (it’s a tragically real thing). Here’s hoping your Labor Day weekend was just as fun and amazing as mine was.
From a Mulan retelling to a love letter dedicated to stories and storytelling, September is offering a slew of new books to look forward to. What’s my most anticipated read this month?
Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you’ll ever have with a skeleton.
The Emperor needs necromancers.
The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.
Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.
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 necromantic skeletons. 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 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.
Why I Want to Read This: Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth sounds like an utterly unique story, full of as many gripping moments as hilarious ones (a reanimated corpse with dirty magazines, incredible). There’s promises of lesbian necromancers, cutthroat politics, stylized swordplay, and possibly even power plays? Gideon also sounds like my kind of protagonist: done with the BS, eager to set out on her own, but still beholden to someone else. What is going to play out between her and her childhood nemesis, Harrowhark? I want to find out immediately.