The Unspoken Name

The Serpent Gates #1

A.K. Larkwood

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+
adventurous slow-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 95%
dark 39%
mysterious 38%
funny 28%
emotional 25%
tense 19%
hopeful 8%
challenging 4%
lighthearted 4%
sad 3%
inspiring 2%
reflective 2%
relaxing 2%

Pace

medium 57%
slow 27%
fast 14%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 44% | Plot: 32% | Character: 23%

Strong character development?

Yes: 82% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 3% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 9% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 73% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 4% | No: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 76% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 8% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

3.89