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The Unspoken Name

(2020)
(The first book in the Serpent Gates series)
A novel by

 
 
'An astounding debut . . . unlike anything I've read before' - Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld

Does she owe her life to those planning her death . . .

Csorwe was raised by a death cult steeped in old magic. And on her fourteenth birthday, she’ll be sacrificed to their god. But as she waits for the end, she’s offered a chance to escape her fate. A sorcerer wants her as his assistant, sword-hand and assassin. As this involves her not dying that day, she accepts.

Csorwe spends years living on a knife-edge, helping her master hunt an artefact which could change many worlds. Then comes the day she's been dreading. They encounter Csorwe’s old cult – seeking the same magical object – and Csorwe is forced to reckon with her past. She also meets Shuthmili, the war-mage who’ll change her future.

If she’s to survive, Csorwe must evade her enemies, claim the artefact and stop the death cult once and for all. As she plunges from one danger to the next, the hunt is on . . .

The Unspoken Name by A. K. Larkwood is the incredible first book in The Unspoken Name duology.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"A truly wonderful book . . . grabbed my attention on the first page and wouldn’t let go. Fresh, exciting and new, with fascinating characters, shifting alliances, impossible odds, breathtaking settings, and shocking twists." - Dyrk Ashton

"A fun, fresh new take on the traditional fantasy quest and an adventure I couldn't put down!" - S A Chakraborty

"An astounding debut, written with skill and stunning assurance . . . From its flawless first page to its bittersweet last, The Unspoken Name is unlike anything I’ve read before." - Nicholas Eames

"Takes all the tropes of fantasy – orcs and epic quests, dead gods and undead souls, daring rescues and last-second escapes – and spins them into something wild and new. A dizzy, delicious debut." - Alix E Harrow

"What a glorious book! Richly detailed, enthralling, and extraordinary, with brilliant nods to such luminaries as Ursula K. Le Guin and Diana Wynne Jones . . . Fabulous, in every meaning of the word." - Jenn Lyons

"A.K. Larkwood’s The Unspoken Name is an epic fantasy in the vein of Le Guin’s magnificent Tombs of Atuan – if Arha the Eaten One got to grow up to be a swordswoman mercenary . . . The action is fast-paced and emotionally compelling; the magic is dangerous, beautiful, and utterly compromising. I love this book so much." - Arkady Martine

"An unexpected and new take on classic orcs 'n' swords fantasy. Stylish, classy, and timeless - but with racing stripes and an inbuilt camera. I cannot recommend it enough." - Tamsyn Muir

"Larkwood's debut is a fresh, fun take on the genre, packed with smart prose, badass characters, and fantastic worldbuilding. A necessary addition for any fantasy lover's collection." - Tara Sim

"The Unspoken Name has everything – spine-tingling prose, gorgeous worldbuilding, powerful older women, found family (but it's terrible), giant snakes, ancient tombs, dead gods, and true love. It's fantastic. I read it in one sitting." - Emily Tesh

"The Unspoken Name is the best kind of modern fantasy – it feels totally fresh, it's full of satisfyingly weird gods and frightening magic; plus it's stuffed with the sort of characters you'll either want to be friends with or run screaming from. I loved this book!" - Jen Williams


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Used availability for A K Larkwood's The Unspoken Name

Hardback Editions

February 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates)
Author(s): A K Larkwood
ISBN: 1-5290-3274-1 / 978-1-5290-3274-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates (1))
Author(s): A K Larkwood
ISBN: 1-250-23890-0 / 978-1-250-23890-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2021 : UK Paperback

Title: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates)
Author(s): A K Larkwood
ISBN: 1-5290-3276-8 / 978-1-5290-3276-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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January 2021 : USA Paperback

Title: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates)
Author(s): A K Larkwood
ISBN: 1-250-23892-7 / 978-1-250-23892-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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February 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates)
Author(s): A K Larkwood
ISBN: 1-5290-3275-X / 978-1-5290-3275-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
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February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: UNSPOKEN NAME
Author(s): A K LARKWOOD
ISBN: 1-250-76254-5 / 978-1-250-76254-2 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

April 2020 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Unspoken Name: 1
Author(s): A K Larkwood
ISBN: 1-5290-4453-7 / 978-1-5290-4453-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
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April 2020 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Unspoken Name: 1
Author(s): A K Larkwood
ISBN: 1-5290-4454-5 / 978-1-5290-4454-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Unspoken Name: The Serpent Gates, Book 1
Author(s): A K Larkwood
Publisher: Tor
Availability: Amazon   


February 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Unspoken Name: The Serpent Gates, Book 1
Author(s): A K Larkwood
Publisher: Tor
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Unspoken Name: The Serpent Gates, Book 1
Author(s): A K Larkwood
Publisher: Tor
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Unspoken Name
Author(s): A K Larkwood
ISBN: 1-250-26405-7 / 978-1-250-26405-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Unspoken Name: The Serpent Gates, Book 1
Author(s): A K Larkwood
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


February 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Unspoken Name: The Serpent Gates, Book 1
Author(s): A K Larkwood
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2020 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Unspoken Name
Author(s): A K Larkwood
Publisher: Tor UK
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February 2020 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates)
Author(s): A K Larkwood
Publisher: Tor
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates Book 1)
Author(s): A K Larkwood
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA