"Nona the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #3)" Book Review

Written by Zach Rosenberg

Published by Tordotcom Publishing

Written by Tamsyn Muir
2022, 480 pages, Fiction
Released on September 13th, 2022


Horror and fantasy are genres that run together very well. Both can be done in just about any setting, from small towns to ancient cities to outer space. Nona the Ninth, the third book of Tamsyn Muir’s "The Locked Tomb" series, takes a break from the action established in the first two and brings us to focus upon none other than the new character of Nona: a seemingly ordinary girl who just wants a birthday party.

The only problem is zombies are laying siege to the world and the Emperor Undying is coming. Nona learns there is more to her and her life thanks to strange dreams of a woman with a face painted like a skull. In the world of “Locked Tomb,” readers have learned to expect the unexpected and to keep a close eye on even the most innocuous of beings.

The diversity of each book in the series plays to the strength of both the larger whole and the individual pieces. Nona is a unique voice and compelling character specifically because she is so ordinary with basic goals. Connecting to her is exceptionally simple, and the return of familiar faces that show new sides of themselves near her works strongly to the book’s favor. She is an ordinary girl going through absolute hell and must discover herself and the mysteries of her world if she is to come out through the other side.

Muir retains her talent for snappy dialogue and skilled description, as well as making the reader care about the people undergoing their trials. From Nona to her dog Noodle, the reader finds themselves unable to look away.

The stage is set for book four. Some are alive, some are dead, some are in between and the epic conclusion is dawning for Alecto the Ninth. Nona is a fantastic bridge to the end and a reminder that even the most dangerous in the universe are all too human.


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Zach Rosenberg
Staff Reviewer
Zach Rosenberg is a fantasy and horror writer living in Florida. He appreciates the ocean, wildlife and his love of literature was constantly nurtured growing up where he practically lived in the libraries, reading every horror and fantasy book he could get his hands on. His print debut short story "The Teeth Of the Deeps" is featured in the fifth short story collection from Dead Sea Press.
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