The Unspoken Name | A.K. Larkwood | Review

“No hard feelings, you piece of shit.”





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.

But 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 power.

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


Firstly, I want to thank Tor Books for sending me a finished copy of The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood. I am forever grateful for the opportunities that you give to me.

The Unspoken Name was one of my most anticipated reads of this year so you can imagine my excitement going into this. The synopsis intrigued me so much and the cover is just absolutely beautiful. I had really high hopes for this one .. which I think might have been my problem. This is one of those books that I didn’t love but I definitely didn’t hate. It was okay. Maybe I put too much hope into this one considering it appears to be the first in a series?

The concept of The Unspoken Name I find was very unique. The adult fantasy market is very difficult nowadays with so many new authors and new releases frequently cropping up. A lot of them are almost always the same or very similar and this is something that gets a bit tedious after a while. The Unspoken Name is something that I don’t think you will see in its full form in another book, yes I think little snippets will be similar but on the whole I feel that this is a unique concept that worked very well. The world-building definitely helps the reader become hooked and in a world where anything seems to be able to happen you never know what you are going to encounter next. This concept is something that I really enjoyed about this book.

I think where it fell a bit short for me was the characterisation, I feel that the emotional attachment I like to get with characters just didn’t happen in this book. By no means am I saying that the characters are rubbish, I didn’t dislike them in that way I just did not feel like I was connected to any of them in a way that I really cared what was going to happen to them. This meant that I felt attached from the story and many plot twist, action scene didn’t really have too much of an effect on me. I also feel like whilst it is nice to see an LGBT representation in adult fantasy, this was very underrepresented. It was touched upon a few times but could have easily been missed. I almost felt like it was there for the sake of diversity. I would have loved to have seen this drawn upon a little bit more.

The Unspoken Name was a good book. I enjoyed my time reading it and it is a book that I would recommend. I will be picking up the sequel as I am intrigued to see where A.K. Larkwood goes with it.

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