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The Unspoken Name: The Serpent Gates Book 1 Paperback – 25 May 2021
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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
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: 253,155 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.