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The Unspoken Name: 1 Hardcover – 11 February 2020
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"The Unspoken Name is great fun--fantasy with an epic sweep in a gorgeously drawn universe."--Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling and Hugo award-winning author of Ancillary Justice"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) "Just a perfect fantasy debut."--The Daily Mail
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- Publisher : Tom Doherty Associates (11 February 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250238900
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250238900
- Dimensions : 16.26 x 3.81 x 24.38 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 411,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
While it dampened my enjoyment of the book this is still genuinely a good read and I'll still definitely check out the next in the series.
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Csorwe (rhymes with 'doorway' - the pronunciation guide at the front of the book was really helpful, though working out how to say all the place and character names in my head each time did get a bit wearing) is destined to be sacrificed to her god at the age of fourteen, but is offered a different type of service by the enigmatic Sethennai. So, off she goes, out into the wider world (which is traveled by what are essentially Stargates, and a life of violence and crime.
The first part is perhaps a bit slow (lots of traveling and training) but it really gets going in Part 2, with an infusion of new characters, a quest for a macguffin, so excellent same-sex romance and a lot of intrigue, angst and excitement.
The story was ok. The characters were ok but I didn't really form a connection to any of them, I wasn't rooting for anyone and I didn't dislike anyone.
There wasn't anything wrong with the book maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea.