FCF 7 // Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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Posted July 26, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Books, Favorite Cover Friday / 2 Comments

FCF 7 // Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn MuirGideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Series: The Ninth House #1
Published by Tor.com on September 10, 2019
Genres: Gothic Romance
Pages: 448
Amazon | Goodreads

“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.

Perusing through Goodreads (or maybe it was Amazon) looking for any new up and coming books I might be interested in featuring here on the blog, I came across this beauty and almost flipped out at how gorgeous the cover for Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir’s was.

Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir Cover Breakdown

1. Skeletons

I love gothic elements and skeletons have to be my favorite item of the goth theme. I also love how they’re scattered throughout the cover, which lets me know that while skeletons might be scary to others they don’t scare the warrior woman in the middle of the cover.

2. Title Font Choice

The font choice for the word “Gideon” is really speaking to me. I love that it’s creative yet appropriate for what’s going on around it on the cover. I would even go so far to say that it’s a great representation of bones in font form.

3. Makeup

The vibrancy of her makeup and the color of her hair makes the woman the focal point of the cover of Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir.

The makeup both makes her look like a badass and as if she’s in her element amongst the skeletons and carrying a sword.

4. Swagger

She looks so confident carrying that sword and swaggering amongst the skeletons that are breaking apart around her. She looks as if nothing can bother her, and if it does she has no problem taking care of it … permanently.

5. Color Choice

The cover for Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir isn’t exactly monochromatic, but the colors chosen provide the right balance of dark and colorful (or as much color that’s necessary for the cohesion of this cover). Also, the small smattering of orange, or reddish-orange, is all that’s needed in my opinion to make this one of my favorite covers of this year alone.


“Favorite Cover Fridays” is a weekly meme by Crafting By The Pound. It’s all about book covers; how they look and how we feel about them. Being able to admire book covers both far and wide is one of the pleasures of being a book lover, so this post is 100% dedicated to gushing over the chosen cover during your week that has impacted you the most, that has induced you in cover lust.


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