The Unspoken Name
Does she owe her life to those planning her death . . .
Csorwe was raised by a death cult steeped in old magic. And on her fourteenth birthday, she’ll be sacrificed to their god. But as she waits for the end, she’s offered a chance to escape her fate. A sorcerer wants her as his assistant, sword-hand and assassin. As this involves her not dying that day, she accepts....more
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
Thank you so much, Tor, for my ARC!!!
This story sounds incredible and I will definitely be picking it up super soon!
Tor, continuing to bring heavy fantasy game in 2020
This sounds EPIC!! ...more
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
*special thanks to Tor for sending me an arc of this in exchange for an honest review ...more
But the mountain where the monastery is happens to be but a small corner of ...more
Coming up with a way to first introduce The Unspoken Name in a review is, at the very least, complicated. This is a novel with many layers and many aspects that cohabit peacefully with one another, and to put focus on one before the others would be to build wrongful expectations for what is the end result.
...and there I tricked you by giving you what I feel like should be ...more
Thank you NetGalley and Tor Books for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.
What a fascinating premise to this new fantasy novel. How can anyone who's a fan of the genre resist? Unfortunately, the reality fell short of the premise, which is always a disappointment.
The first part of the book dragged more than it needed to, and then I noticed a pattern throughout the rest of it until I arrived at the fourth and final section of The Unspoken Name. Chapters in ...more
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
“Nothing in this world has earned the power to frighten you, Csorwe”
The Unspoken Name is the first book in The Serpent Gates series by A.K. Larkwood, and bloody hell folks, what a debut this is! Fast paced, sophisticatedly written, genre blending - I’m absolutely certain this is set to be well loved amongst many SFF readers alike.
Wait, that’s all you need to know, right? That’s enough to make you add the book to your to-be-read list immediately, right? Well it should be! But for those ...more
Advance thanks to TOR and NetGalley for my ARC.
Reading and review post closer to release date.
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
With an original blend of genres and a setting with a time span of years, this is definitely a story that took it's time evolving, growing and being created. From the full character development to the world building, this story was heavy on the details and little was left to the imagination.
All in all a great start to a series and something fresh and fun for ...more
You have looked your foretold death in the face and turned from it in defiance. Nothing in this world or any other deserves your fear.
On my blog.
Rep: lesbian mcs, gay mc, bi side character
Galley provided by publisher
You know when you finish a book and you have a lot of feelings and not a whole lot of words and so you think, I’ll just leave this review til I find the words, but then you never find them and you end up having to write a rambling review that’s basically just READ THIS BOOK a ...more
The Unspoken Name is a story that begins with Csorwe, a young orc priestess who is destined to be sacrificed to her God when she comes of age. She has known this for a long time and yet when she is given the opportunity to flee with mage Belthandros Sethennai she dives at the chance and finds herself journeying and completing tasks to acheive Sethennai's goal of obtaining the Reliquary. A object which ...more
This is the first book of The Serpent Gates” series and I must said I didn’t disappointed!
The main character is freaking female ORC and a queer , Csorwe felt relateable with all her thoughts and decision… the worldbuilding is unique and amazing.. we traveled to so many different world through the story.. world with ice, world with monsters and world with ships and gods, it’s between fantasy and sci-fic! I also love the ...more
Also Laura and I are officially starting the Talasseres Charossa Protection Squad
Thank you to Tor for providing a review copy! RTC
Buddy read with Laura!
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
I saw this book's cover whispers me : "Read me! Read me Crazy Redhead! Read me!"
Then I turn my head to see E.L.James' "Mister's" cover whispering: " Avoid me like a plague and get back to the rabbit hole!" Then I started to scream! Okay, I woke up from my daytime siesta a.k.a nightmare!!!
I still want to read this book so bad.!!!
HELLO, YES I'D LIKE TO READ THIS FANTASY ABOUT A VILLAIN'S SIDEKICK BY A QUEER (LESBIAN?) AUTHOR