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The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates, 1) (2020 original; edició 2020)

de A. K. Larkwood (Autor)

Sèrie: The Serpent Gates (1)

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"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. 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"--… (més)
Membre:madi_mae
Títol:The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates, 1)
Autors:A. K. Larkwood (Autor)
Informació:Tor Books (2020), 464 pages
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The Unspoken Name de A K Larkwood (2020)

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Great new voice on the fantasy scene, I'm looking forward to the further instalments. Written in several parts with a significant jump of several years between them, it all hangs together very well and works as a cohesive whole - despite the occasional jumping to other characters.

The setting is never fully explained, but enough is detailed to give a suitable overview. Sometime in the distant past there were several races/religions living together worshiping their own gods. A cataclysm of some form occured that may have been a gods war, and the world was rent asunder into pieces about the size of nations more or less, joined together by Gates. Passage through the gates isn't immediately perilous, but uncomfortable Maze sections exist where the world is thinning. The races have blended together somewhat but distinctions remain, and the gods are still separate, and require a mages inborn talent, and a sacrifice of some vitality, so they are parsimonious with their use.

Our story starts with a young girl Circwe somewhat orcish in appearance, and Bride of the Unspoken god - a willing sacrifice. She's asked to perform a prophecy for a visitor, and describes a Reliquary. A little later her appointed date is due and she ascends to the god's cave. She is somewhat astonished to find her visitor there, who whisks her away, the sacrilege of no concern to him. Bel - somewhat elven in appearance - teaches her to be his assistant, and bodyguard while he attempts to regain both his trinket and command of a city. the city comes first. But the gods lurk in the background, and circwe remains at a disadvantage being forsworn of her god. Eventually she has to decide for herself what things are worth fighting for and what might be worth dying for.

I enjoyed this quite a lot it's fast aced which always helps, and while the segments are more like four novellas stitched together, there's enough continuity to keep it working. The world-building is clever and the use of the gates allows intermingling and trade, but also pertinent differences. I initially thought I would need the map from the 1st pages (always fiddly with an ebook) but actually the geography is irrelevant. Some of the character jumping gets a little tricky, but a few intially minor characters grow into importance later on and justify their inclusion. I always like books where there is rational behind the required limitations on magic, and although it's not quite clear why i's so variable, it works well to provide both opportunity and difficulties - I also enjoyed that the opposition had believable motivations and character of their own - something that not enough authors care about.

Looking forward to the sequels. The ending is all complete, the characters have made peace with their decisions, but a couple of minor points were left open for the next books. ( )
1 vota reading_fox | Mar 8, 2021 |
Well written but too long-winded. ( )
  xevooy | Jan 29, 2021 |
Everything about this book is magnificent and perfect. The worldbuilding is incredible, the writing is good, the plot is tight, and I was pleasantly surprised over and over while reading. ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Jan 25, 2021 |
Very engaging fantasy with a lot going on. Csorwe was raised to be the mouthpiece and then sacrifice for/to a goddess; when a strange sorceror convinces her to run away instead, she learns to be his enforcer. Uncertainties, betrayals, and conflicts across multiple worlds—some of them dying or already dead—follow. Csorwe does not necessarily do the right thing, but she does care for something more than her own survival, even as her loyalties change (she falls for a sorceress who is destined for a personality-destroying merger with others due to her restrictive religion). I liked it! ( )
  rivkat | Oct 5, 2020 |
I really liked Csorwe and the world-building, but found the ending irritating. ( )
  JenniferElizabeth2 | Aug 25, 2020 |
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"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. 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"--

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