As we come out of a very odd year 2020 and hope to be a better 2021, the Vox Book Club thinks we all deserve a treat. With that in mind, I am delighted to announce that our double picks for December and January are Tamsyn Muir’s. Gideon the Ninth and his suite Harrow the ninth, the first two volumes of the Locked Tomb trilogy. (The release date of the third volume, Alecto the ninth, has yet to be announced.) Together, these two books form an epic tale of secret identities, star-crossed lovers, lesbian necromancers in space, and more.
The Locked Tomb Trilogy is one of those books series of which I am evangelical. As soon as I read Gideon the Ninth Last year I informed everyone that I knew they had to read it too, then I watched with satisfaction all those who had the common sense to follow my instructions read it, fell in love, then have started telling everyone they also knew how to read it. It’s the kind of book you can love like that: so hard that you want to force everyone to love it the same.
The Locked Tomb Trilogy tells the story of Gideon Nav, a brash and impulsive swordsman who enjoys duels and dirty magazines, and Harrowhark Nonagesimus, a vicious slut of a Gothic princess whose only pleasure in life comes from the magic of necromantic bones. Gideon and Harrow are forced to work together on a quest. They hate each other. Obviously, they will fall in love. This is delicious.
The traps here are all blazing, absorbing, and fun, but it’s the prose that really makes this pair work for me. It’s so lush and velvety that you feel like you can wrap yourself in it, and Muir constantly conjures up spooky gothic fantasies only to pierce them with a dry joke. The result is pure pleasure.
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Here is the full Vox Book Club schedule for December 2020 and January 2021
Friday, December 18: Discussion message on Gideon the Ninth
Friday January 15: Message for discussion on Harrow the ninth
To confirm: Our Zoom Live event for both books will take place at the end of January and details will be announced. Subscribe to the newsletter, and we’ll send you an RSVP link with all the information as soon as it’s available!