The Unspoken Name by A .K Larkwood – book review

This epic sci-fi fantasy was on my beat the backlog challenge and I have to say I loved the first book of The Serpent Gates, The Unspoken Name by A. K Larkwood.

Genre: Fantasy, sci-fi fantasy

Series: Book 1 of The Serpent Gates

Source: My own – from my backlog!

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.


I bought this book on impulse on a Kindle daily deal-the cover with its decorated tusk was alluring and then neglected to read it for some reason.

The plot is as expected for fantasy- a race to find an ancient artefact but there are so many parts of the book that makes it different from the other books.

Csorwe, the main character plays so many roles in just one book. She starts off as the chosen bride of the Unspoken accepting of her fate of being sacrificed to this ancient God. Csorwe spends the next part of the book being a loyal assassin, fixer and bodyguard to the Belthandros Sethennai the man who rescues her. In the final part, we see Csorwe the woman in love who would do anything for the person she cares for. All these parts feel natural and I loved the subtle changes in her as her character develops.

There are other points of view in addition to Csorwe, which all depth to the story. The plot is fast-paced with the right amount of humour and tension.

The best part of the book is Csorwe’s relationship with Tal- one of the best enemies to almost friend trope I have read- with its realistic evolution.

I have to admit I’m still a little confused as to what Csorwe and Oranna ( one of the baddies) actually are with their tusks and grey skin.

Content warning


Perfect for fans

Any epic fantasy and the enemy to friends trope.


I really enjoyed this book and yes I should have read this earlier instead of letting it linger on my kindle.

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