Book Review: The Unspoken Name


A. K. Larkwood

Rating: 5 out of 5.

published: 11th February 2020
spoilers? no

Goodreads

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.

You have looked your foretold death in the face and turned from it in defiance. Nothing in this world or any other deserves your fear.

Galley provided by publisher

You know when you finish a book and you have a lot of feelings and not a whole lot of words and so you think, I’ll just leave this review til I find the words, but then you never find them and you end up having to write a rambling review that’s basically just READ THIS BOOK a million times over? Yeah.

Just to forewarn you, in case.

The Unspoken Name is sort of a story in three parts. By which I mean, each part is kind of a story in itself but also progresses the narrative of the book as a whole. We follow Csorwe, who is to be the next sacrifice to a god, but decides instead to follow Sethennai, a mysterious magician, on his quest to return to his homeland. But Sethennai is also looking for something more, something powerful.

The best part of this book is the world. It’s something like a cross between a fantasy and a space opera and I honestly have never loved a world more. And the worldbuilding itself! The writing! Literally everything about it! So gorgeous. I would happily read this book and this book alone for the rest of my life (if I only had access to one book of course). I can’t wait for book 2 just to see more of it.

And then the characters!! I loved all of them (particularly Tal and Csorwe who, I just have to say, have the best relationship of them all. You’ll see why). The book was slow at times so the characters were a big reason I carried on reading (and ended up loving it). Even the characters I didn’t really like at first grew on me (except Shuthmili’s aunt, but no one’s surprised by that).

If there were any issues I had, it would just be that, up until the last 100 pages or so, it was pretty slow. Like I might have given it only 4 stars had the last hundred pages not happened. But then they did so it didn’t matter.

Which means now I’m left with a long long wait until book 2.

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