Nona the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #3) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 3 in the The Locked Tomb Series series.

Staff Reviews

Anyone who has read the other offerings in the Locked Tomb series might think they know what to expect with "Nona the Ninth": a madcap, dense style of writing, rampant violence, humor and tragedy mixed with a gothic sensibility, and lots of queer yearning. "Nona" is all these things but slightly muted from "Gideon the Ninth"'s muscled, locked-door murder mystery or "Harrow the Ninth"'s grim space opera: Nona, as a character, is a riddle? Who is she? We know whose body she is in - these books love a good bodyswapping - but who is Nona? Why is this child-like, innocent, hopeful young woman the key to the growing fight between the Blood of Eden and... well, so many people? Having Nona as a brand new POV character is a bold choice, and Muir doesn't shy from those. This isn't a series you can dip a toe into; you can only acquiesce to its demands as it pulls your hair and drinks your beer and steals your girlfriend. Starting this book, I initially resented that we were in Nona's head, and not, say, any of the other loveable characters in this series. However, Nona swiftly won me over, and the revelations that ensued were truly mindblowing. I encourage anyone who reads this series to refresh yourself on Harrow's plot, because I struggled a bit with what was happening, who was who, and what title corresponded to which character (because, of course, Nona never refers to anyone really by their name). However despite my confusion, Nona was a pleasure to read and I highly recommend it to fans of this series.
—Whitney Sheppard, Snail Readers Circle

September 2022 Indie Next List

“Every book in this series somehow surpasses the last in writing, plot, character development, and sheer off-the-wall entertainment. Without spoilers, I’ll just say that you are going to love Nona as much as Nona loves you (and Noodle).”
— Brooke Williams, Bookends & Beginnings, Evanston, IL


Tamsyn Muir's New York Times and USA Today bestselling Locked Tomb Series continues with Nona ...the Ninth?

A Finalist for the Hugo and Locus Awards!

An Indie Next Pick!

The Locked Tomb is a 2023 Hugo Finalist for Best Series!

“You will love Nona, and Nona loves you.” —Alix E. Harrow

“Unlike anything I've ever read.” —V.E. Schwab on Gideon the Ninth

“Deft, tense and atmospheric, compellingly immersive and wildly original.” —The New York Times on Gideon the Ninth

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...

About the Author

TAMSYN MUIR is the bestselling author of the Locked Tomb Series. Her fiction has won the Locus and Crawford awards, and been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Dragon Award, and the Eugie Foster Memorial Award. A Kiwi, she has spent most of her life in Howick, New Zealand, with time living in Waiuku and central Wellington. She currently lives and works in Oxford, in the United Kingdom.

Praise For…

A Kobo Best of 2022!

You will love Nona, and Nona loves you.” —Alix E. Harrow, New York Times bestselling author of The Once and Future Witches

“If you’ve read the first two books in this trilogy, I don’t need to say anything to persuade you to pick up Nona the Ninth. If you don’t know Muir’s characters and worlds yet, then, my god, I envy you. It’s hard to think of anyone more inventive, more audacious—more fun!who is writing science fiction now.” —Kelly Link

“Nona’s lovely, simple, and occasionally silly voice works especially well in juxtaposition with the dark, dense backdrop of the series so far, creating a riveting contrast. Readers will be on the edges of their seats.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A thrilling, mind-boggling and surprisingly heartwarming story. It hurtles us through time and space, has scientists with God complexes (literally) and features many bouts of necromancy. Be prepared to find yourself yelling, “What? WHAT?” several times over.” —NPR “Books We Love”

“One of the best sci-fi series of all time.” —Cosmopolitan

Deathless devotion! Dyke drama! Obliteration! Nothing's fair in love and war, but damn if Nona doesn't make both fun.” —August Clarke, author of The Scapegracers

“You can expect some necromancy, bad jokes and plot twists. And I cannot recommend it enough.” —NPR

“The Locked Tomb continues to be unlike any other book series coming out, and it's worth the spectacle.” —CNET

“Blending science fiction, fantasy, gothic, horror and comedy should be a disaster, but every page feels as fresh as it is addictive. …For lovers of classic and modern spec fiction alike, this series is not to be missed.” —Australian Financial Review

A stunning rollercoaster of a read where Tasmyn ups the ante even further. She has a gorgeous talent for burning so many genres together that a new one rises from the ashes, sword at the ready and a delightful quip ready to go.” —Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch


Harrow the Ninth is a psychological rollercoaster covering forty billion light-years. It’s wonderful to see the universe of Gideon expand, while staying as twisted and full of bones as ever.” —Django Wexler

Maddeningly brilliant.” —Kiersten White on Harrow the Ninth

“The patient reader will be rewarded tenfold with brilliant original characters and magic, heartbreaking intimacy, laugh out loud humor and the best damn soup in the galaxy.” —Rebecca Roanhorse on Harrow the Ninth

“Deft, tense and atmospheric, compellingly immersive and wildly original.” —The New York Times on Gideon the Ninth

Brilliantly original, messy and weird straight through.” —NPR on Gideon the Ninth

You’ve never read anything like... Gideon The Ninth.” —Forbes on Gideon the Ninth

Unlike anything I’ve ever read.” —V.E. Schwab, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author on Gideon the Ninth

“From Gideon the Ninth's peerless first line, Gideon Nav is one of the most charismatic narrators I’ve ever met. I would walk through the bowels of hell with her, and basically have.” —Melissa Albert, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Hazel Wood on Gideon the Ninth

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250854117
ISBN-10: 1250854113
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: September 13th, 2022
Pages: 480
Language: English
Series: The Locked Tomb Series