Series: The Locked Tomb #3
Published by Tor on September 13, 2022
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...
Was there ever any doubt this would be a five-star read (my first and so far only five-star book of the year)?
I re-read Harrow the Ninth and finished right before my pre-order of Nona arrived, and I’m glad I re-read Harrow for two reasons: 1. I enjoyed it even more the second time, because I knew what was going on and could appreciate Tamsyn Muir’s construction and plotting; and 2. I felt like I was picking up on all sorts of little hints and bits and pieces of information in Nona that I might not have otherwise.
I do think my eventual re-read of Nona will be like my Harrow re-read (in that I’ll probably enjoy it and get even more out of it on a second reading, where I know what’s happening / what’s going to happen in advance). But I loved being back with some familiar characters (even if the world was somewhat unfamiliar), and in fact going into this with no hopes of understanding what was going on made it easier to just lose myself in Nona’s story, rather than trying to constantly figure out the puzzle.
I do have some more detailed thoughts that I’m going to hide behind a spoiler wall, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, I’ll wrap up here saying that I couldn’t put this down, loved it, and cannot wait for the next (and final) book in the series!
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