- Publisher Tor Books
- Publication date February 11, 2020
- Book length 464
From the author’s website:
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. On the day of her foretold death, however, a powerful mage offers her a new fate.
Csorwe leaves her home, her destiny, and her god to become the wizard’s loyal sword-hand — stealing, spying, and killing to help him reclaim his seat of power in the homeland from which he was exiled.
But Csorwe and the wizard will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.
And finally, Here’s my review:
I don’t think there was a book, that had a more memorable marketing and social media campaign last year, than The Unspoken Name. The buzz was more like an earthquake. In the months leading up to release date, The cover…yes, that cover, was popping up with no title, or author. Just a bad ass orc tooth, with gold bands, and some amazing quotes from some very well-known authors. It took til just now for me to “get it”, no title, no author, I guess it could be said it was “Unspoken.” Genious marketing.
The best part is that it was well deserved. The story was engaging, unexpected, dark, and an all-around fantasy treasure chest of reading. With well crafted, and touching characters, in a fantasy world built around portals that allow travellers to travel from world to world on a hypnotic and almost psychedelic “maze road.” Some worlds in major decay, some still thriving. We see an assortment of high functioning city/kingdoms, hub outposts for the airships in travel built on the side of a canyon, and a few small, out of the way villages, one serving as home for a God/Goddess.
Csorwe, the main character is young, smart, quiet, humble, and on a path to be willingly sacrificed to satisfy the Unnamed Goddess, the Shrine of the Unspoken Name, living in the mountain next to the village she grew up in. I absolutely loved her, and how she grows and gets on in the world, as the story takes place over a good half dozen or so years.
The main storyline follows Csorwe and Belthandros Sethennai – (yes, I agree, that is one doozy of a great name)on a mission to find an ancient artifact, one that will somehow help the wise, and fatherly Belthandros regain his place of power in the world. As likeable as he is at times, it’s hard to not feel like his motives for this magical relic are not as wholesome and straightforward as thought to be.
There follows exciting magical confrontations along the way, another character Csorwe loves to hate, and a deeper part of the story comes into play upon Csorwe’s meeting of Qanwa Shuthmili, referred to as just Shuthmili. Shuthmili has a lot of things in common with Csorwe, she is also living her life for a bigger purpose, and will give her life to help protect the city and people she was born unto. They are great together, and their interactions add a human layer to a very fantastical world, they are the all important cheese to a delicious seven layer dip..(ok, horrible metaphor. But you get it.)
There are twists, and things wrap up very well and in a way that satisfies, yet, it still makes book two a certainty, and something to really look forward to. It is such a masterful, and well thought out magical world, and it’s clear the A.K. Larkwood has poured out her incredible talents and imagination into these pages and I freakin’ loved it.
Also, I had the audiobook and was in love with narrator Avita Jay. Well done and fantastic work, which added to the story all the way.
4.75 out of 5 stars and Highly recommend.
Thanks for your time in reading this and hope to continue with another review in next 2 or 3 days.