I received an ARC of The Unspoken Name from the publisher (Tor UK) in exchange for an honest review.
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Series: The Serpent Gates (Book #1 of 3)
Genre: Fantasy, Science-fiction, Space Opera
Published: 20th February 2020 by Tor (UK) & 11th February 2020 by Tor Books (US)
An extraordinary debut from a fresh and exciting new voice in fantasy!
It has been a while since I added a book by an unknown author to my tbr that fast. It was unavoidable though, as the blurb of the Unspoken Name spoke to me! On the day of her inevitable death as a sacrificial bride to the god of desolation, Csorwe is gifted a choice. She can ignore her fate and walk away from this needless death. All she has to do is join a wizard named Belthandros Sethennai as his loyal agent. Her duties? Fulfilling the role of thief, spy & assassin in the mage’s quest to regain rulership of the city Tlaanthothei, and helping him recover his ultimate prize – the Reliquary of Pentravesse. As choices go, it’s not the hardest one to make, but it has consequences. Gods do not forget.
“Nothing in this world has earned the power to frighten you, Csorwe,” he said. “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.”