• Nona the Ninth

  • Locked Tomb, Book 3
  • By: Tamsyn Muir
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,782 ratings)

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By: Tamsyn Muir
Narrated by: Moira Quirk
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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...

©2022 Tamryn Muir (P)2022 Recorded Books

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Great author/series but Nona is hard to follow

Love the characters but this one was just too hard for me to get into. Gideon the Ninth was epic and accessible. The sequel, Harrow, was a bit tougher but still possible to follow/sort out what was going on. After eagerly awaiting/pre-ordering Nona, I just found it really difficult to fit into the other stories for the most part. Still love the world that has been built, but hoping Alecto makes a bit more (or any) sense. There was too much to fill in here, in terms of technological/mythological underpinning. I’ve finished and I’m completely unsure what it was all about.

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shocked pikachu face

i will edit my review after thinking on this book, i must meditate now

seriously ive been bamboozled again

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Needs more dogs

I am beyond pleased that Tasmyn Muir decided to give Nona her own full length story. Definitely worth the wait. Nona is bubbly and offers a beautiful, life-loving outlook on such a grim setting, which I think is uncommon for this genre and refreshing. Once again, Moira Quirk does an exceptional job of bringing to life not just the characters but also the tone as well, whether deeply sad or incredibly funny. And lastly, the plot tied my brain into a pretzel, which was nice.

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Tough let down

After the slow drawn out mess that was 3/4s of the second book I really thought okay, that ending was good, now that all that drawn out stuff is out of the way this third book should really bring it home. I was wrong. The characters you’re interested in are gone, main characters are bums, and so damn annoying. Cool characters from the first book are neutered down into useless scrubs.

It’s frustratingly messy. You think it will make sense with more time, but when you get to the end you just think holy shit most of this book was unnecessary. So much whining and BS doesn’t amount to anything.

Sucks such a cool story had to go out like this.

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Good overall but weak ending to a good series

It took a while to get going, but was far easier to follow than the last book. I enjoyed it overall. Although the ending itself was pretty weak, and felt like the author got tired of writing it at the 11th hour.

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The Book Cover is Right

You WILL love Nona, and Nona will love you. Everything about this book is a wild ride and I loved every second of it.

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You will love Nona, and Nona loves you

Best in the series so far <3
Tamsin has a talent for writing things that really connect to me and the people I love most.
Performance is great too and has really affected how I see the characters, Pash especially stands out.
Ask people you know if they’ve read this book and what they think of it. That should be all the convincing you need.
Oh and if you were looking for a book that is extremely gender, this is one such book

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  • KM
  • 11-30-22

Charming, dark, sexy, fantastic

I can't wait for part two! after books 1 & 2, this smart adventure has everything to love and more.

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I Really Enjoyed This Book But I'm Completely Lost

I don't really know where to begin without giving away spoilers but this book had me scratching my head for the entirety of it. I kept telling myself it'll all make sense once I get to the end and everything was revealed with a flourish just like in Harrowhawk the Ninth. But the closer I got to the end, the more I was confused. Every revelation that happens just brought forth more questions. When the book actually ends.... I'm still lost. When does this take place? After book 2? During book 2? What the hell is going on???
That being said, this book really is a good read/listen. Muir's prose is entrancing, poetic, visceral, and beautiful all at once. I loved listening to it but I had to buy the physical book to re-read some chapters so I could take my time reading through it and appreciating it fully. I really loved Nona's character and her childlike worldview, it made for an incredible contrast compared to the last two books. The 'John' chapters were fascinating and were quite frankly the only part of the book that I was able to follow without puzzlement. I hope Alecto the Ninth is a blockbuster event that explains everything that happens in Nona the Ninth

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Amazing confusion

The book keeps you on the edge of your seat as you try to puzzle out what has, is, and was happening. Brilliantly done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-22

No idea what's happening and loving every minute

Love this entire series. Barely understand what's going on most of the time but it's always great and I always want more. I would die for Nona.

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  • Kaitie
  • 11-17-22

Simply superb

I cried. I loved. I laughed. I died and was reborn. I cannot wait for the next.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-22

My favourite series, I need the next book now!

I love the locked tomb series and this new addition is just devastatingly gorgeous. Muir’s expansive world building is blossoming in Nona, while simultaneously keeping us in the dark from Nona’s point of view. As always the second ‘read’(listen) hits sooo hard.
Ps Moira Quirk’s nasal butch Leicester accent for Pash has fed my soul 🙏

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  • Sarah Ambrose
  • 11-03-22

Incredible

love it, will be reading again. great characterisation. Incredible story. surprisingly progressed the story a lot!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-22

Im so confused

Very hard to follow this one, like trying to track a specific grain of sand in an hourglass.

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  • K8-bit
  • 10-20-22

Fantastically revelatory continuation

Loved it. its as densely complex as the prior books, requiring 2nd or more listens to grasp all the nuance, but superbly enjoying every time.

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  • Emma Sterner Radley
  • 10-18-22

Moira Quirk is a genius

This book is ten times better as an audiobook than as a written book (and it is great as a written book so that is saying something.) The way the narrator gives life to the characters and manages to make the more confusing parts of the book understandable by inflections and pauses is incredible!

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  • Mariana
  • 10-13-22

God jokes are the best!

“Sounds like the start of a joke, right? Two scientists, an engineer, a detective, a lawyer, and an artist walk into a bar to help me become God.”

Did you know that cows have best friends and complex social relationships? Did you know they watch sunsets? Or even that they exhibit mourning behaviour for other cows? No? Well, those are just some of the things you'll learn in Nona the Ninth. But you might say: 'I thought this was a book about necromances lesbians in space? And it still is! Talk about versatility.

Never expected that God would be my favourite in a book series, especially when this God in particular is named John, but that's honestly one of the least surprising things in this book. Everyone absolutely DELIVERS as a character, whether making me laugh like a maniac, or cry like… also a maniac.

It was so nice to see old characters as well, and how they've grown since we last saw them (can you tell I'm trying to be the least spoilery I can?), but there was a whole cast of new characters to bring us joy, such as Hot sauce, Honesty, Born in the Morning and Kevin.

Another thing I absolutely loved but don't quite know how to articulate was how queer this book was. Yes, the previous two books were quite queer as well, but this one just grabbed gender and told it to fuck off. It was brilliant how the author balanced and played with gender all throughout, and not once did it feel confusing or 'too much'. It made so much sense for these characters, and for the world they live in, and I'm so happy to see a book that treats gender as casually as this one does, but still gives it its proper spotlight. I wish more authors felt comfortable playing with gender in this way and I hope to see a lot more following in Muir's footsteps.

I know this book was meant to be Act I of Alecto the Ninth, and it truly peaked my interest as to how the Quartet will resolve, but it was such a dramatic change to our usual programming I felt as if there was something lacking (also I understand why, but this is the third book we're being kept in the dark about essentially everything, and it gets a bit tiring after a while), which is why this book didn't quite reach 5 stars for me.

See you on the next ones, and in the words of someone I love terribly:

"Get in line, thou big slut."

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  • Tern
  • 10-11-22

Disappointing

When I read Gideon I saw a lot of potential in this series. When I got Harrow, a lot of that was realised in a creative, powerful story with fascinating characters. Now with Nona I’m afraid much of that magic feels missing. The title character just doesn’t feel real and the story feels like mostly filler or set up for the next book, which could really have fit better as a short story or even a prologue in the next one. I don’t mean to sound harsh. I’ve seen this series has already found a big, passionate fan base and this book definitely caters to them. I’m sorry I can’t join in with that any more.
As before, the audio narrator is excellent and I hope to hear more from her.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-10-22

A bit disappointing

Weaker than the two previous books. I kept waiting for something to unravel but it didn't happen. Best part is learning more about John's story. Narration is perfect as usual.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-22

Disappointing

The voice actor was great. Some series spoilers ahead. When I started this series I was unsure since Gideon had mixed reviews, going through the first book though the characters and relationships grew on me. I was excited to start the second story.

I found I couldn't focus on this because the whole time I was waiting for Harrow and Gideon to return in Lichter form, there were some fun moments on the way but those were the characters that I was invested in and their interactions I felt were the heart of the story. They kind of do and again I was excited to go into the third story.

I really wanted the third to be that big return. Harrow and Gideon together against the universe. Instead its a story about someone completely different, its not that its a terrible story or setting, it's just not the continuation that I've been waiting for. I would recommend the first book to people, the second and third may as well not exist though. I hope if there's more in the series it gives Gideon and Harrow the reunion and the story they deserve.

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  • Maddie
  • 09-15-22

Unpopular oppinion- Dissapointed

Felt very much like and entire book filled with Filler content, didn't enjoy that 95% of the book is told from what amounts to a 6 year olds perspective very lackluster to what previous books from the series have captured for me. Moira as as always has done a wonderful job of breathing life into the characters.

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  • Mrs. S. Leavesley
  • 12-02-22

Excellent!

each book on this series just gets better. every time I think I can't love a character as much asi loved Gideon, it turns out I'm wrong and Tamsyn Muir takes advantage of that to rip my heart out all over again. Beautifully read by Moira Quirk who manages to delineate each character perfectly.

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  • Robert
  • 11-22-22

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Good underlying story, but the structure and storytelling are a bit of a confusing mess.

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  • Emma Duffy
  • 11-17-22

Brilliant writing!

Compelling and captivating, I'm loving the different views throughout each book.

This is my favourite of the locked tomb books so far.

As a kiwi, it is a little strange to hear someone from Porirua have a French accent, but the voices chosen tell so much about the character and are really well done. An excellent performance, with distinct voices for the many characters.


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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-16-22

The Amazing Locked Tomb Saga Continues Strong

Fantastic book and continually awesome narration, one of the best books and audiobook readings around

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  • Elizabeth
  • 10-13-22

Nona The Ninth

Been waiting for this one - it's worth every second! Absolutely killer read and book.

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  • Kit
  • 10-06-22

This meeting could have been an email

That's exactly what this book feels like, a very disappointing and unnecessary third installment in a series otherwise filled with books that immediately became some of my all-time favorites. Also Moira Quirk's usually fabulous narration lost itself a star because of the atrocity that was Pash's voice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-22

I am a sucker for this series, and this narration

Moira Quirk is an absolute delight to listen to. I cannot get enough of the distinct voices and cadences of each character. Tamsyn Muir's stories are a gift. So glad to have a story where the author allows you to be confused as all hell for a while, instead of spoon-feeding the narrative. A Locked Tomb book is always a riotous, hilarious, sorrowful, horrible, delightful ride, and this one is no different.

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  • Lachlan
  • 09-23-22

One toothy rose of a book

Moira Quirk must have the sexiest voice on the planet. I would die for Ianthe.