Party Like It’s the End of the World: Revealing the Dramatis Personae From Tamsyn Muir’s Nona the Ninth

Her city is under siege. The zombies are coming back. And all Nona wants is a birthday party…

And we’ve got the exclusive guest list below! Tamsyn Muir’s Locked Tomb series continues with Nona the Ninth, out September 13th from Tordotcom Publishing.

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…



Dramatis Personae

Guest List

(as transcribed by C. Hect.)


Dogs to invite to birthday party

  • Brown one by the fish shop, average sized, four legs
  • Stop It, name assumed, lies under counter at dairy, red colour, big sized, four legs
  • White-and-black one seen once in the park, average sized, tail curled twice, three legs
  • Noodle, king of dogs in secret, white-adjacent, small sized, six legs
  • Spotted beach dog, often on beach, large sized, huge ginger eyebrows, three legs


Members of gang to invite to birthday party

  • Hot Sauce
  • Honesty
  • Born in the Morning
  • Beautiful Ruby
  • Kevin



  • The Angel?


Blood of Eden

  • Crown Him with Many Crowns (No.—C.)
  • The Captain, maybe (Not possible.—C.)
  • Cell Commander We Suffer and We Suffer, although actually she might be Wing Commander, I don’t know which it is (It’s both, and no.—C.)


  • And you three (Good to know.—C.)



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