The Unspoken Name
Csorwe does. She will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice. On the day of her foretold death, however, a powerful mage offers her a new fate.
Csorwe leaves her home, her destiny, and her god to become the wizard's loyal sword-hand -- stealing, spying, and killing to help ...more
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The Unspoken Name is a terrifically-written debut that merged science fiction, space-opera, and high fantasy into one inventive book that’s incredibly suitable for SFF enthusiast.
One look into the striking cover art by Billelis, and I already wanted to speak about this book. My urge to read this book increased when both Nicholas Eames—the author behind The Band series— and Dyrk Ashton—the author behind Paternus ...more
Where has this queer high fantasy book been all my life? Kai is shooketh.
I wish I knew where to start. There are so many aspects of this book that filled me with pure joy: frenemies, world building, characters, twists, diversity. No hard feelings!!! Ugh.
I'm going to start with the one thing that could have been improved: the pacing. Overall, this is a finely plotted story. It spans over 8 to 9 years and I think it wouldn't have hurt to stretch ...more
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
Advance thanks to TOR and NetGalley for my ARC.
Reading and review post closer to release date.
And even better, The Unspoken Name is a truly wonderful book. It grabbed my attention on the first page and wouldn’t let go. To me, it’s got the classic feel of the best of Le Guin, while also being progressively fresh, exciting and new, with story and sensibilities akin to something like R.J. Barker's Age of Assassins ...more
I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Csorwe (pronounced like 'doorway') is a young orc priestess, and she has been chosen to serve as the Unspoken One's vessel and will be sacrificed when she turns fourteen. She is content with her ...more
HELLO, YES I'D LIKE TO READ THIS FANTASY ABOUT A VILLAIN'S SIDEKICK BY A QUEER (LESBIAN?) AUTHOR
I highly recommend preordering this book. It's a High Fantasy ready to sweep you off your feet -- especially if you're looking for something new and unique and never written before.
Full review to come! ...more
I’m not sure where to start with The Unspoken Name, a fantastic fantasy novel from A.K. Larkwood. It has so many facets, it’s difficult to decide which one to speak about first.
So, lets start here: This is a bloody good book. It has artfully crafted, believable characters. It has relationships which feel real. Fraught, sweet, complicated, unpleasant, all of the above – but real. It has a vividly imagined world which blends the strange and the familiar in order to make something ...more
This book was so unbelievably fun, so engrossing and exciting, so joyously gay, I couldn’t give it anything less than a perfect rating.
Is the book itself perfect? I mean, I’d be hard-pressed to pick out anything specific that I didn’t like, but I’m sure someone could. This book simply made me feel good, and made me laugh, and made me excited ...more
Csorwe is raised by a cult who follows the magic of a dark and old God, and who are preparing her for death. She will be the sacrifice their God requires but as she awaits her inescapable fate she is offered the chance of a lifetime, the chance of life.
The wizard wants to train her, keep her as an assistant, as a weapon. To escape her death she accepts, and ends up on a missions that will change ...more
Larkwood writes with an extremely light hand - she deftly dodges the trap of getting bogged down in description, but still builds a network of rich, vivid, evocative fantasy worlds. It’s a marvel on the technical level and also a total pleasure to read.
Full disclosure: I ...more
This book has everything; sacrifice, vengeance, loyalty, magic, gods and more. I had heard nothing about it until I got it and requesting was one of my best decisions.
At the beginning of the book there is a map, a list of the persons involved and a pronunciation guide which came in very handy.
There are many Charcaters in this book and you will need the pronunciation guide as the ...more
this might legitimately be the best book i read all year, both from a technical standpoint (it’s perfect) and from a “my brand!!!” standpoint.
OK. SO. pls imagine for a moment a swashbuckling tale of magic and adventure and spaceships and orcs and necromancers and snake wizards (snizards) that stars the following cast: ...more
A very interesting book. A lesser woman would have split it into three books, as there are quite a few high intensity climaxes which could have been their own individual stories, but I'm glad they weren't. I like it as a whole saga of self-discovery, friendship, love and hate. Changing alliances and misdirected affection, and of course, power. The world is incredibly well researched and created, the author should be extremely proud of herself. ...more
The cover intrigued me from the start with this book. It spoke to me of a tale filled with mystery and trials yet to be revealed.
I haven’t read such a gripping and epic fantasy tale since Trudi Canavan’s The Black Magician Trilogy.
A. K. Larkwood takes you on a journey following a young female orc, Csorwe. Growing up all Csorwe knew was the House of Silence, her ...more
At its heart, The Unspoken Name is about personhood, destiny, and allowing yourself to define who you are. So many people in fantasy raised for some kind of purpose, or with a destiny, or meet someone who changes their conception of who they are utterly- ...more
The Unspoken Name is a fantastic and surprising debut fantasy novel. This coming-of-age story is full to bursting with old gods, morally questionable mages and epic world building. There are some really great, flavourful characters in The Unspoken Name. I love how fleshed out Larkwood’s characters are even when they don’t play a huge role in the book. The world building is vast and has the perfect amount of detail. I loved ...more