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The Unspoken Name MOBI Ø The Unspoken  Kindle - 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 sacrificeBut on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate Leave with him, and live Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin the wizard s loyal sword Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of powerBut Csorwe will soon learn gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due A good fantasy debut with a lot of cool magic and fascinating set pieces.There are evil scheming gods and dying worlds in between thriving cities There are also a lot of great allusions to fantasy classics here The opening chapter has a nice Tombs of Atuan but they re all orcs vibe Later, there s a part withof a Robin Hobb setting, full of assassins in training who get brutally heartbrokenly antagonized Through the interplay of magic, cultures, and drama, I got a sense of how alive and A good fantasy debut with a lot of cool magic and fascinating set pieces.There are evil scheming gods and dying worlds in between thriving cities There are also a lot of great allusions to fantasy classics here The opening chapter has a nice Tombs of Atuan but they re all orcs vibe Later, there s a part withof a Robin Hobb setting, full of assassins in training who get brutally heartbrokenly antagonized Through the interplay of magic, cultures, and drama, I got a sense of how alive and doomed all these worlds are and how powerful it is to learn the skillset to move between them.There are unpredictable changes from chapter to chapter I did lose reading momentum about a third of the way in, when the book turned into somethinglike a sequel to itself That story was cool too, just jarringly different at first in its changed focus find this review others on my blog The premise of queer orc assassins and magical intrigue had me clamoring to read the Unspoken Name , but the novel s offerings left me unmoved, and about a quarter through the story, that initial cheeriness fell from my face, like a person slipping into sleep Once my mind started to meander and the boredom glazed my eyes and I had to squint the words into focus, every page feeling like a heavy stone lifted with terrible effort and dropped again and find this review others on my blog The premise of queer orc assassins and magical intrigue had me clamoring to read the Unspoken Name , but the novel s offerings left me unmoved, and about a quarter through the story, that initial cheeriness fell from my face, like a person slipping into sleep Once my mind started to meander and the boredom glazed my eyes and I had to squint the words into focus, every page feeling like a heavy stone lifted with terrible effort and dropped again and again to the ground, I knew I had to call it a DNF at 67%.Structurally, The Unspoken Name is not necessarily a total success The novel is packed to the brim with world building, much of it is very chewy with a few random elements winding up being huge red herrings but little of it is actually convincing I struggled with the opening sections, where much happens, and little is explained, but I resolved to wait patiently for the relief of having my questions answered.That relief never really came The novel pulls itself in too many directions at once The plot unfolds in fits and starts, and we rocket from one destination to the next, with no time to breathe and fully contemplate a new facet of the world There s a substantial amount of logistical hand waving too, and several time jumps configured so haphazardly throughout that it felt like half of the book s action took place out of sight This approach might be expedient for the plot, but it feels too easy, too convenient, leaving gaps too wide to be darned, and making all that has unfolded devoid of a clear rhyme and reason.This inconsistency is madecomplicated by the introduction of new characters, and a sense that the author has bitten off a littlethan the story can chew Though their inclusion eventually makes sense, it feels somewhat holey in the storytelling department early on.I struggle to remember any distinctive trait about the characters, like meeting someone before and mutually agreeing to forget about it Csorwe clearly gasps foroxygen on the pageoften than not, she comes off as silent and drab, set apart from the violence of her emotions, like the whole story could have happened without her There is a divide between a before and an after, a line drawn through Csorwe s life The before the Unspoken Name hanging over her, bright and sharp as a sword, aimed at her tearing flesh, and Csorwe readying herself to die in the shrine of her patron god, with nothing of her own The after an exiled wizard named Sethennai, and a purpose to help him find the Reliquary of Pentravesse Csorwe s life, like a door, closed, and another opened elsewhere But this new door seemed to only lead her to a another world where she, once again, hung on by a single filament of purpose that wasn t her own And while I hold no particular fondness for Sethennai, his motivations at least are not unexplainable They are aggravatingly practical driven by greed, and magnified by a desire to impress his significance upon the world But Csorwe s actions never attain the same moral stakes, and the novel s ethics ultimately feel confused.The novel s biggest flaw, however and what really kicked me out of its pages is that the flow of the story is freighted with a distant, impassive kind of writing that I really did not care for Alone, this would not have been a deal breaking quibble, but it just added to the overall impression that The Unspoken Name was lacking Even the potential of a sapphic romance couldn t keep the book in my good graces, and if you know me, you ll know there s not much I can t forgive for the promise of sapphic content.I rarely ever not finish a book Something about exiting stories, while unfinished, nags at me like an itch that needs to be scratched But I needn t worry about The Unspoken Name , because the story quickly evaporated, like dew from a morning leaf ko fi blog twitter tumblr ARC provided by the publisher Tor UK in exchange for an honest review 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 trilogy recomme ARC provided by the publisher Tor UK in exchange for an honest review 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 trilogy recommended the book to me Then I found out that Lindsey Hall, the editor behind two books Kings of the Wyld and the upcoming The Bard s Blade by Brian D Anderson I truly loved edited this book too, suffice to say that The Unspoken Name has attained all the package that made it a necessity for me to read I m glad I didCsorwe had spent a lifetime readying herself to die, not to talk to strangersThe Unspoken Name, the first book in The Serpent s Gate series by A K Larkwood, follows Csorwe an orc priestess destined to become a sacrifice to her god on her fourteenth birthday On the day of her prophesied death, Belthandros Sethennai a powerful wizard offers her a new fate that compels her to escape death by leaving her home, destiny, god, and become Sethennai s personal assassin instead The main plot of The Unspoken Name centers around Csorwe as she s tasked by Sethennai to retrieve the Reliquary of Pentravesse anyone who claims the Reliquary will gain the legacy and knowledge of Pentravesse someone who changed all worlds forever Jumping through multiple worlds with a strong echo of chaos and destruction accompanied by landscapes that are also beautiful, Csorwe has to go through tons of dangers to achieve this task many events happened in less than 500 pages book However, what I found to be very praise worthy about the story was that in the midst of all the mayhem, The Unspoken Name is at its core a book about choices and its importancePeople were like locks All resistance, until you discovered the precise information of teeth that would open them upYou always have a choice, have you ever heard this often repeated phrases advice straight to your face You probably have, and you ll most likely know just how simple it sounds and yet how insanely difficult it can be to execute What if for a period of time, short or long, you re caught in a toxic situation environment that you didn t recognize at first By the time you do, the actual task of breaking the invisible chains can be harder than it sounds Freedom and choices among many other themes such as faith, loyalty, and love were the most relatable themes throughout the book for me Csorwe s journey and character development ignited and gave an impactful meaning to the themes in this book I wouldn t say that I clicked with Csorwe immediately, but once the story reached a quarter mark and eventually she meets Shuthmili, I became captivated thoroughly by Larkwood s storytelling The Unspoken Name doesn t have a large cast of characters relatively, but the dynamic between the five dominating characters Csorwe, Sethennai, Oranna, Tal, and Shuthmili was very compelling Also, I loved reading Csorwe and Shuthmili s endearing and gradual relationship development their relationship progression was believable and easy to root forCsorwe, before I met you, my idea of happiness was, I don t know, going to bed earlyFrom my reading experience, the most impressive thing about Larkwood s prose is her capability to constantly shift her writing style between elegant utterance and bloody scenery it didn t feel like reading a debut effort Also, The Unspoken Name is an imaginative book with a very fascinating world building Seriously, it has multiple worlds to travel, ancient tombs, terrifying giant serpents, spaceships, magic, giants, and intimidating presence of dead gods Gorgeous landscapes described beautifully and efficiently Larkwood never went overboard with her scenery visualizations In a way, this book reminded me a bit of the world building done in Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir telling a high fantasy story in a sci fi space opera setting Heck, comparison wise, it even featured a swordswoman and queer duo as the main charactersThe secret to greatness is to know when you should risk the wrath of godI believe that The Unspoken Name is, ironically, the title of an incredible genre blending debut that should and will be spoken by its readers in the future I highly recommend it to both sci fi and fantasy readers, evenso if you re a fan of both genres It s creative, greatly imaginative, not afraid to be different, filled with intense rescue sequences, and it gave a breathtaking lotus scented fresh air to the genre Larkwood tells a compelling tale about choices and braving the first step to pave your own way, and you should choose to read this book as soon as it s available to read.Official release date 20th February 2020 UK and 11th February 2020 US You can pre order the book fromUKUS Book Depository Free shipping The quotes in this review were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions me, screaming I will go down with this friend shipWhere 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 t me, screaming I will go down with this friend shipWhere 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 the story , give it a little to breathe for the characters to evolve, grow I felt this especially in the beginning, when we see Csorwe turn from a quiet, nondescript girl into a warrior and spy I see how the time jumps were necessary to let the author tell the story she wanted to tell, but another 50 pages or so might have given itdepth.Now that we got the unpleasant things out of the way, hear me gush about all the great stuff I cannot believe how, in a matter of chapters, A.K Larkwood created a fictional universe so rich and original A universe in which thriving and dying worlds lie side by side, connected through a labyrinthine structure called the Maze The universe is populated by all kinds of different people who seems to live peacefully side by side, for the most part They all have their own history, traditions, social and political systems, and beliefs And while they clearly look different and come from various backgrounds, their differences don t lead them to hate and fight each other This is not to say that they all run around holding hands and loving life, but at least their outer appearance and faith don t serve as an excuse to disrespect and exploit each other Overall, the attention to detail and the societies, cities, realms that the author built are utterly fascinating and I m so glad that this isn t a standalone I couldn t live knowing that there remains so much left to discover.The characters were a joy Csorwe reminds me of Harry Potter in the way the she isor less an average person No shade She is balanced, doesn t necessarily lean towards extremes, and therein lies her strength it makes her relatable She is a character with fears, dreams and hopes like anyone else She s also pretty queer, like most if not all characters in the book It s also great to see that no character experiences discrimination because of their sexual orientation It s never once questioned Because in a perfect world, why would anyone think of you as lesser just because you don t care about what gender you fall in love with Something else that I found striking was how there is no main antagonist This is not to say that Csorwe doesn t have enemies She has lots of those But alliances change a lot based on whether people have similar goals and decide to work together even though they might have been on different sides before It s refreshing and creates unexpected turns and entertaining character dynamics.Onething about the characters Usually I live for queer ships But what almost drove me nuts was the friendship hateship between Csorwe and Tal They both work for the same guy and should combine forces, work as a team But they simply despise each other too much At the same time they can t live without the other Tal is a bastard, don t get me wrong, but I love him And I want nothingthan for these two idiots to annoy the f ck out of each other until the very end of this series And I also want No hard feelings to be what History, huhwas for Red, White Royal Blue If you don t know what I m talking about, you better read RWRB quickly because you re missing out.Suffice it to say that this was my high fantasy adventure of the year.Findof my books on Instagram

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