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Half a King (Shattered Sea, Book 1)

Half a King (Shattered Sea, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Abercrombie
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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‘Enthralling. An up-all-night read’ Robin Hobb

‘My favorite Abercrombie book yet’ Patrick Rothfuss

'Grips like a bear hug, warms like a bear skin' Daily Mail

‘Abercrombie writes fantasy like no one else’ Guardian

‘Remarkable – thrilling, enthralling, and relentless’ Derek Landy

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A classic coming-of-age tale set in a vivid and richly-imagined world from Sunday Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie.

‘A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go’ GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand.

Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.

But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, and traps and tragedy…

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UK fantasy writer Joe Abercrombie is the author of the First Law Trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings, as well as the standalone fantasy Best Served Cold.

Joe now lives in Bath with his wife, Lou, and his daughters Grace and Eve. He still occasionally edits concerts and music festivals for TV, but spends most of his time writing edgy yet humorous fantasy novels.

Here are the First Law Trilogy in series order:

The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
The Last Argument of Kings


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book for any age 7 July 2014

Joe Abercrombie is one of “THE” authors in the fantasy genre, the first law series is one of the best series in the last 10 years. But for me the first law world series seemed a slow decline, maybe it was due to an expectation set too high? but after Red Country i was really struggling to read another book.

But when the wonderful Jane Johnson starts to spread the word about an exciting new book its hard not to catch that infectious excitement. It was thanks to that lovely lady that i found myself the proud owner of an advance copy of Half a King, even then i had to fight my TBR (to be read) pile and reticence, Then we hit the week of release and i knew i owed both Jane and Joe a read of the book.

I’m so glad i did, While the setting and the people are not Norse the whole world has a very Norse feel to it, the culture and mindset is very much a Norse / Vikingr group. The men are fighters, honour and blood are key to their world. When Yarvi finds himself first a King, then a slave he must learn to overcome his weakness and fight for his vengeance, too fulfill his oaths. As ever with an Abercrombie book there is never just one great character, we are spoiled, from the main group of oarmates to the side characters, Kings, soldiers and ministers, there are so many great nuances in each and every character.

This was a trip back to the early writing wonder of Abercrombie, i was swamped with the tale, taken on board and tied to an oar, flung into the frozen sea and driven to my limits with my oarmates. All of this Joe manages in such a way as to entertain and enthrall the reader, at no point did i think the book was a Young adult read, and looking back on it i can see its a book for any age, YA through to old farts like me.

Highly recommended

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about how you get there.. 26 Dec 2014
By J. Finn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought and read half a king on release day yet it has taken this long to put my thoughts in order to do a review i was wondering if i should even bother its been so long and so many reviews are up i can't see my review swaying people one way or another even if someone does happen to read it.

However in the end why not? after all if something affects me as reader shouldn't i share it. Joe abercrombie is a excellent writer whose name is dropped nearly as frequently as Martins when it comes to greatest living fantasy writers he is known as being one of the uncrowned kings of the Fantasy Genre of GrimDark basically 'Gritty' Fantasy.

But as well written and action packed as his books can be, even with his undoubted gift for pitch black comedy, they can be a bit of a slog at times grim relentess with characters showing a distinct lack of both common and moral sense and while Joe Abercrombie is a great believer in a character development and growth it.s not often in a way that can be seen as poistive. So while i have in the past, and will in the future, take a day off so i can devour a new Abercrombie novel the fact remains there are days when i as a reader need a 'time out'.

That brings us to Half a King, i went to this novel with the words lighter, young adult less grim etc ringing in my head i thought in a rough way i knew what i was getting i thought it would be a dialed up comedy romp with a bit of action and a happy ending the answer to that is hell no, i thought this would be the Abercrombie novel you could pick up when you are in bad form to perk your self up. The answer to that i suspect is maybe, and no, depending on the reader.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joe Abercrombie practicing restraint. 3 July 2014
By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Young Prince Yarvi doesn't seem to do many things well except find places to hide away from everyone and everything. And yet he immediately begins to show signs in this novel of his capabilities as a minister in his world - not in a religious sense, but as a dispenser of wisdom, advice, and common sense. Unfortunately this fantasy world is more a place for the strong and the agile with warfare and fighting seeming to take up most of the lives of those who live here. Yarvi has a disability that he cannot possibly overcome to make him the heroic fighter his country needs when he is elevated to kingship. Naturally his relatively sheltered existence has made him completely unprepared for treachery when it happens. Once he finds himself in the lowliest of all positions he learns that his deformed hand is not what determines whether he will survive. You learn to use the best of yourself to keep living one more minute, one more hour. So what is the best of young Yarvi?

If you are a first time reader of Joe Abercrombie's novels, you need to understand that this is an example of Abercrombie being restrained. The book is undoubtedly aimed at the young adult reader and Yarvi is a young boy moving into manhood who must learn all the hard lessons at once. Because of this, even though the novel is filled with violence and death, it is actually done in a holding-back, ratcheting-back style over previous Abercrombie novels. Fortunately that does not diminish the appeal for someone such as me who has tackled other Abercrombie novels and lived to tell about it. I liked the honest portrayal of these characters where everyone showed signs of weakness but also signs of strengths. Not one dimensional characters at all, more realistic than anything.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Fun exciting read, really enjoyed seeing Yarvi story unfold. Good to see an intelligent character be the good guy and win.
Published 11 minutes ago by Graeme N Carrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Great characters with realistic flaws
Excellent. Great characters with realistic flaws. Story fast paced and engaging. Joe Abercrombie creates an interesting world and I'm looking forward to book 2.
Published 4 days ago by Ms A R Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent read
Published 8 days ago by a leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read from Joe Abercrombie as always.
Published 13 days ago by Jamie Roddis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant stuff as usual from Joe Abercrombie
Published 15 days ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A gift - requested, but not yet given
Published 19 days ago by Mrs. R M Bailiss
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Nice read and a good start to this series - but definitely not his best book as some others have suggested.
Published 24 days ago by crazyirishman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fantastic read for any fantasy adventure readers!
Published 25 days ago by Grant Strathearn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
Once againg Abercrombie comes up with the goods, not quite as gritty as his previous books but still a totally absorbing read. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Big Six
2.0 out of 5 stars dissatisfaction
I have read all of joe Abercrombies books far be it for me to criticise the great man but if I had read this one first I wouldn't be reading another one
Published 1 month ago by peter
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