ARC provided by the publisher—Tor UK—in exchange for an honest review.
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Series: The Serpent Gates (Book #1 of 3)
Genre: Fantasy, High fantasy, Science fiction
Published: 20th February 2020 by Tor (UK) & 11th February 2020 by Tor Books (US)
The Unspoken Name is a commendable fantasy debut with fascinating worldbuilding ideas.
With so many fantasy debuts cropping up every year, it is not an easy task to differentiate oneself from the rest. In this respect, Larkwood has created an interesting setting that blended old-world god worship that bestows magic, and science fiction or technological elements such as skyships and a dimensional plane called the Maze of Echos through which these ships travel via portal gates. Technology aside, the setting still feel very much like most classic fantasy, mainly because of the prevalence of gods and magic.