Saturday, 29 February 2020

Book Review: The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood (Fantasy)

Title: The Unspoken Name
Author: A.K. Larkwood
Publisher:
Tor

Publication Date: 25 February 2020
Pages:
462
Format:
Paperback
Genre:
Fantasy
Source:
ARC from Publisher

 


What if you knew how and when you will die?

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 him reclaim his seat of power in the homeland from which he was exiled.

But Csorwe and the wizard will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due. 


The Unspoken Name was an enjoyable fantasy adventure. Csorwe is an engaging character and I was drawn into her world right from the start. I appreciated how the LGBT content was integrated into the story in a natural way, without being the primary focus. The book moved along at a good pace that kept me always eager to turn to the next page, and I was satisfied overall with how the story ended. The characters all felt well developed and realistic, and the world building was nicely handled without info dumping. It was also refreshing to come across a well-written fantasy novel that was a standalone work, since so many are trilogies these days. On a final note, if Csorwe's name seems off-putting, don't worry as there are several pages on pronunciation of the character names at the start of the book! The name is not unspoken because it's unpronounceable! :)

I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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