Welcome to my weekly segment, Waiting on Wednesday, where I look at upcoming books that I am planning to order and review in the next few months and which I think I will really enjoy. I run this segment in conjunction with the Can’t-Wait Wednesday meme that is currently running at Wishful Endings. Stay tuned to see reviews of these books when I get a copy of them. For this week’s Waiting on Wednesday I take a look at an incredibly cool upcoming novel with a ton of potential, Nona the Ninth.
Over the last few years I have been deeply impressed with the first series from exciting author Tamsyn Muir. Muir, who debuted back in 2019, has so far produced two amazing novels that are part of her Locked Tomb series of science fiction/fantasy novels. Set in the future, The Locked Tomb series follows a group of space-faring necromancers who seek awesome power by conducting dangers and mind-bending rituals. The first novel in this series, Gideon the Ninth, was a brilliant introduction to this series and it was one of my favourite debuts of 2019. Muir then followed it with the exceptional sequel, Harrow the Ninth, which brilliantly continued the series with some intense and clever twists and ended up being even better than Muir’s first outing. I absolutely loved Harrow the Ninth and it ended up being one of the best books and audiobooks I read in 2020.
Ever since the epic ending of Harrow the Ninth I have been eagerly waiting to see how Muir would continue this fantastic series, and it looks like we are getting close to finding out as details of the third book have just been released. The third book in this series will by Nona the Ninth, which is currently set for release in September 2022. Already equipped with another epic cover and a fascinating plot synopsis, Nona the Ninth has really grabbed my attention and I am very excited for it.
Her city is under siege.
The zombies are coming back.
And all Nona wants is a birthday party.
In many ways, Nona is like other people. She lives with her family, has a job at her local school, and loves walks on the beach and meeting new dogs. But Nona’s not like other people. Six months ago she woke up in a stranger’s body, and she’s afraid she might have to give it back.
The whole city is falling to pieces. A monstrous blue sphere hangs on the horizon, ready to tear the planet apart. Blood of Eden forces have surrounded the last Cohort facility and wait for the Emperor Undying to come calling. Their leaders want Nona to be the weapon that will save them from the Nine Houses. Nona would prefer to live an ordinary life with the people she loves, with Pyrrha and Camilla and Palamedes, but she also knows that nothing lasts forever.
And each night, Nona dreams of a woman with a skull-painted face…
Now that is a pretty cool synopsis that provides a lot of hints about what is to come. It looks like Muir is planning to do another trippy, out of body novel with Nona the Ninth, especially as her new main character is likely possessed by the protagonists of the previous two novels (trust me on that). Thrust into the middle of a necromantic war zone with a monstrous, deep-space entity out on the horizon, this will probably force the protagonist to make some dangerous, reality-altering decisions as she battles with the multiple personalities in her head. Throw in the already cool space necromance magical system and the return of some of the elaborate antagonists from the previous novel and I am sure that Nona the Ninth will have another exceptional story to it.
Look, there was honestly no way that I was going to pass this book up, especially after how deeply impressive and cool the previous two novels are. I am really hoping that Muir will continue to grow as an author here and if she manages to produce something that is as good, or even better than Harrow the Ninth, then this will end up being one of the best books of the year. I have some very high expectations for Nona the Ninth and I cannot wait to see how this complex and deeply addictive series will continue.