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The Unspoken Name: The Serpent Gates Book 1 Paperback – 25 May 2021

4.2 out of 5 stars 431 ratings

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A fun, fresh new take on the traditional fantasy quest and an adventure I couldn't put down! -- S. A. Chakraborty

An astounding debut, written with skill and stunning assurance . . . From its flawless first page to its bittersweet last, The Unspoken Name is unlike anything I’ve read before -- Nicholas Eames

The Unspoken Name is the best kind of modern fantasy – it feels totally fresh, it's full of satisfyingly weird gods and frightening magic . . . I loved this book! -- Jen Williams

What a glorious book! Richly detailed, enthralling, and extraordinary, with brilliant nods to such luminaries as Ursula K. Le Guin and Diana Wynne Jones . . . Fabulous, in every meaning of the word -- Jenn Lyons

The action is fast-paced and emotionally compelling; the magic is dangerous, beautiful, and utterly compromising. I love this book so much -- Arkady Martine

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

A perfect fantasy debut -- Daily Mail Best SFF of 2020

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

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

The Unspoken Name has everything – spine-tingling prose, gorgeous worldbuilding, powerful older women, found family (but it's terrible), giant snakes, ancient tombs, dead gods, and true love. It's fantastic. I read it in one sitting -- Emily Tesh

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

A breathtaking journey. It's epic fantasy with both creeping, omnipresent horrors and yet a tenacious, delicate warmth -- K. A. Doore

I really enjoyed this - crisp, witty and entertaining. Such fun and it distracted me from my work far too well! I'd love to read more from the author -- Genevieve Cogman

An age-old feud between wizards and gods plays out with steel-crunching, bloody-tusk action. Loved every page -- Brian Naslund

Expansive, immersive, and just plain fun, each page unfolds another facet of Larkwood's brilliant maze of a world. Populated by incredible characters and their eldritch deities, this has everything I love in fantasy taken to the next level -- Emily Duncan

An imaginative story of love, sacrifice, and betrayal that traverses worlds in this phenomenal debut . . . . Lyrical, immersive prose masterfully conveys complex worldbuilding. Epic fantasy fans are sure to be impressed by this expertly crafted adventure -- Publishers Weekly starred review


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor UK (25 May 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 576 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529032768
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529032765
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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A K Larkwood studied English at St John's College, Cambridge. She has worked in higher education &amp; media relations, and is now studying law. She lives in Oxford, England, with her wife and a cat. The Unspoken Name (Tor 2020) is her debut novel.

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