DNF Review: The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

Csorwe was raised by a death cult steeped in old magic. And on her fourteenth birthday,

the unspoken name
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 artifact which could change many worlds. Then comes the day she’s been dreading. They encounter Csorwe’s old cult – seeking the same artifact – 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 dodge her enemies, claim the artifact and stop the death cult once and for all. As she plunges from one danger to the next, the hunt is on . . .

Abandoned at 17%. Even if you read a sample and like it, it might turn out not for you after all. I thought it sounded promising and even the start was good. But the further on I went the less interested I became. Until I didn’t want to pick it up anymore.

The overall story just didn’t grab me. I don’t even know what to say about it. It just wasn’t giving me ‘enough’ to be excited about. The characters weren’t distinguished enough to root for them, just pretty generic. The whole story about Csorwe’s master being banned from his homeland and sending her to infiltrate the castle didn’t really hold up. Like if he was so powerful, doesn’t he have SOME friends left to help? Why send a girl? I felt there were holes in the story. Maybe some things should have been explained better. I also didn’t really get the traveling through worlds aspect.

Not for me, thanks!


  1. I enjoyed this one, but I didn’t loved it. I had some problems with the characters (one in particular) and the plot wasn’t perfect, but I enjoyed the traveling part, to be honest. But I can understand why it wasn’t for you, and I don’t think this is a great book, too. I hope your next reading would be great!

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  2. I’m sorry this did not work for you! I’ve had my eyes on it for some time now, but I’ve also been on the fence because other reviewers had problems with pacing or other details, so I’m not in a real hurry to start the book…
    Better luck next time, and thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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  3. I’ve heard soooo many mixed things on this one, it seems like people either love it or hate it. I think this is making me want to pass on it more than anything. Sorry this one wasn’t for you!

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