Review: Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

58662507I’ve been very patiently waiting for this book since I heard it announced. Ooooo unexpected fourth book in a trilogy. Then when I saw the cover, I just knew that it would be amazing, and so when it popped up in my NetGalley, I smashed that request button with maximum effort!

Thanks to the author, as well as Tor via NetGalley for the review copy!

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…

Nona woke up one day about six months ago in a stranger’s body. It took her some time, but she’s become almost normal. She has a job at a local school, she lives with Pyrrha, Camilla, and Palamedes, who she considers her family.

But the city she lives in is under siege, and a huge blue sphere hangs over the city, and a faction called the Blood of Eden want Nona to be the one who will save them from the Nine Houses. But Nona just wants to live an ordinary life with those she loves. Of course, this being the world of the Locked Tomb, there are shenanigans to be had!

I loved Nona’s story. Much like my experience with Harrow the Ninth, there was a good portion of this one that I had no idea what was really going on in the grand scheme of things, but like Harrow, this one also came together fantastically as it went to become a fantastic story.

Nona is a great character, vastly different from Gideon and Harrow, but still fun to read about. In many ways, she is like a child, but she still has moments of insight and maturity. It’s very easy to latch onto Nona and want the best for her.

If you loved Gideon and Harrow, you’re almost certain to love Nona too. I can’t wait for the next book. Finding out how this all ends is going to be fantastic. 5/5 stars!~


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