The Unspoken Name

The Serpent Gates #1

A.K. Larkwood

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+
adventurous fast-paced

464 pages | first published 2020

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.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard's loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

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Moods

adventurous 93%
dark 36%
funny 34%
mysterious 34%
emotional 25%
tense 10%
hopeful 8%
challenging 6%
inspiring 4%
lighthearted 4%
relaxing 4%
sad 2%

Pace

medium 58%
slow 28%
fast 13%

Strong character development?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 11% | No: 6%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 63% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 9% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 15% | N/A: 4% | No: 4%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 76% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 7% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

3.88