- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 954 KB
- Print Length: 434 pages
- Publisher: Tor UK (25 February 2020)
- Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B082BKWZXK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 22 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"A fun, fresh take on the traditional fantasy quest, and an adventure I couldn't put down!"--S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass
"Astounding... written with skill and stunning assurance. The worlds this story spans are as exotic and dangerous as the characters who traverse them. From its flawless first page to its bittersweet last, The Unspoken Name is unlike anything I've read before." --Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld
"What a glorious book! Richly detailed, enthralling, and extraordinary, with brilliant nods to such luminaries as Ursula K. Le Guin and Diana Wynne Jones. A.K. Larkwood's book hooked me in from the first page and never let go. Fabulous, in every meaning of the word. --Jenn Lyons, author of Ruin of Kings
A.K. Larkwood's The Unspoken Name is an epic fantasy in the vein of Le Guin's magnificent Tombs of Atuan -- if Arha the Eaten One got to grow up to be a swordswoman mercenary in thrall to her dubious wizard mentor. The action is fast-paced and emotionally compelling; the magic is dangerous, beautiful, and utterly compromising. I love this book so much. --Arkady Martine, author of A Memory Called Empire
An unexpected and new take on classic orcs 'n' swords fantasy. Stylish, classy, and timeless - but with racing stripes and an inbuilt camera. I cannot recommend it enough. --Tamsyn Muir, author of Gideon the Ninth
Takes all the tropes of fantasy--orcs and epic quests, dead gods and undead souls, daring rescues and last-second escapes--and spins them into something wild and new. A dizzy, delicious debut.--Alix E. Harrow, Nebula and Hugo finalist and author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January
"A wonderful, rich fantasy with fantastic queer characters I fell in love with. Fans of the fantastical world-building and ancient divine secrets of Ann Leckie's THE RAVEN TOWER or Steven Erikson's MALAZAN BOOK OF THE FALLEN will really enjoy this one."--Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names
"An imaginative story of love, sacrifice, and betrayal that traverses worlds in this phenomenal debut . . . Larkwood's intricately woven plot is jam-packed with intrigue and excitement. Lyrical, immersive prose masterfully conveys complex worldbuilding."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Quick-paced, occasionally brutal, and genuinely funny, Larkwood's debut novel turns standard fantasy tropes on their head with grace and humour. Csorwe might have the tusks of an orc, but she is human to her core. Readers will be rooting for her to receive the happy ending that she obviously deserves."--Kerstin Hall, author of The Border Keeper
The Unspoken Name has everything - spine-tingling prose, gorgeous worldbuilding, powerful older women, found family (but it's terrible), and true love. It's fantastic. I read it in one sitting. --Emily Tesh, author of Silver in the Wood
"Crisp, witty and entertaining. Such fun and it distracted me from my work far too well!"--Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library
Larkwood's debut is a fresh, fun take on the genre, packed with smart prose, badass characters, and fantastic worldbuilding. A necessary addition for any fantasy lover's collection.--Tara Sim, author of Scavenge the Stars
A truly wonderful book...grabbed my attention on the first page and wouldn't let go. Fresh, exciting and new, with fascinating characters, shifting alliances, impossible odds, breathtaking settings, and shocking twists. -- Dyrk Ashton, author of Paternus
A breathtaking journey. It's epic fantasy with both creeping, omnipresent horrors and yet a tenacious, delicate warmth. --K. A. Doore, author of The Perfect Assassin
"The Unspoken Name is the best kind of modern fantasy--it feels totally fresh, it's full of satisfyingly weird gods and frightening magic; plus it's stuffed with the sort of characters you'll either want to be friends with or run screaming from. I loved this book!"--Jen Williams
"Action-packed and emotionally engaging . . . Lushly detailed with incredible worldbuilding, Larkwood's debut is a singular take on orcish fantasy, filled with fierce fighting and magic."--Library Journal (starred review)--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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I want to agree as I mostly enjoyed it while I was reading it; But I finished the book less than a month ago and I can't remember any of the characters names, or even the story. There was lots of betrayal and some fighting and they were hunting for a relic. There was a very sweet romance on the side and some Gods who you just know are going to cause carnage at some point.
The book was missing that special something that sucks me in. I was just never invested in the characters and that is something I need. I need to be cheering someone on. Also for such a big book, I feel like there wasn't a lot of depth.
I do think this will be a massive hit, it just wasn't for me.
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I love this book. I read it in three days straight. I highlighted about twenty funny heartbreaking, clever phrases. The characters a the best and the worst people, and every single one feels like, likable and with a strong tendency to make awful decisions. Every chapter includes even more yearning, tension, ecxitement and something between love and hate between the characters, while remaining funny and light at heart.
In short it's the story of a young girl about to be somehow not entirely gladly sacrificed, her best frenemy who does not posses a single brain cell except how to make bad decisions, a wizard with morally questionable parenting choices and a great wardrobe, a mage who is stuck somewhere between revenge on her ex and becoming the most powerful being ever known, and one of the actual most powerful beings currently alive: the sweetest and most hardcore girl ever, sharing that last title with the not-quite-so-sacrificied girl.
So yes. Recommended. 5 stars.
It starts with the concept of a sacrificial maiden/oracle/priestess in service to a dark god being abducted/rescued by a wizard to help him retake his throne. AND THEN IT GETS BIGGER AND WEIRDER AND NEVER STOPS. The worldbuilding is lush and lived-in and Gothically gorgeous, constantly surprising even as it grabs fantasy tropes and unabashedly plays with them. The characters pop and sizzle and flash, but also have real meat on their bones. And the heart...If you've ever been hurt, ever loved, ever hoped someone you cared about would see you, ever hurt someone for someone you care about, this will gut you and then hug you and then gut you again.
Unequivocal recommendation for this amazing work of high fantasy.