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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; 1st edition (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007550200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007550203
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.4 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Best Served Cold

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‘Abercrombie writes fantasy like no one else’ Guardian

‘This is my favourite Abercrombie book yet’ PATRICK ROTHFUSS

‘Joe Abercrombie is fast becoming my favourite writer. HALF A KING is a remarkable achievement — thrilling, enthralling, and relentless. The action is frenetic, the characters are as sharp as the blades they wield, and the humour is biting. It's sure to garner him a whole new legion of fans’ DEREK LANDY

‘Perhaps his most technically proficient novel yet, I dare you to read the first chapter and try not to turn the next page. Some wondered if what makes Joe Abercrombie so different would survive the transition to YA. Abercrombie fans, have no fear: Polished and sharp, the un-adult-rated Abercrombie is still unadulterated Abercrombie’ BRENT WEEKS

‘Enthralling. An up-all-night read’ ROBIN HOBB

‘HALF A KING can be summed up in a single word: Masterpiece’ MYKE COLE

‘With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, HALF A KING is definitely a full adventure’ RICK RIORDAN

About the Author

Joe Abercrombie was born in Lancaster on the last day of 1974, the son of an English teacher and a sociologist. He spent much of his youth in imaginary worlds, and left school with a good idea of how to make stuff up. He moved to the big city, learned to brew tea, and ended up as a TV editor, working on documentaries, events and concerts for bands from Iron Maiden to Coldplay. But in the darkness of the night he was still making stuff up, and his first book, The Blade Itself, was published in 2006. He now lives in Bath with his wife Lou and their three children Grace, Eve and Teddy and makes stuff up full-time.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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

(Parm)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Duncan Macfarlane on 8 Nov 2014
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If you've read Joe Abercrombie books you won't be in for too many surprises with this one, but there are still a few twists to the tale, especially at the very end, which weren't entirely predictable.

What's going to happen in the first couple of chapters is entirely predictable - you have to get beyond those. As in most Abercrombie books, by the end you're wondering if the hero is really a hero at all, or just as bad as all the other competitors for power and revenge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. O'Connor on 22 Sep 2014
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Another great entry from Abercrombie. It's strong in beginning, middle & end, & leaves you just the right amount of breadcrumbs to have a chance of spotting a great twist. Has very strong characters who grow on you in very different ways & added to Joe's lack of pulling punches, keeps you worried for them, in just the right way.

For me it has everything I want in a great book.

Loved it.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 July 2014
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Smith on 17 Aug 2014
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Having read the first law trilogy and the stand alone red country and heroes I was looking forward to this. Unfortunately this story feels very underwhelming compared to previous books. The characters feel like poorly fleshed out versions of previous books. Theres no bloody nine, or shivers, no dogman, no cripple,
No bayaz, not that I expected these characters but I did expect the new characters to be as engaging and complicated. The story is a little more linear and boring compared to previous ones. And to be totally honest the world seems flatter and less impressive. The politics less intrigued. To compare this outing to previous versions is like watching snooker on a colour tv, but having to settle for a black and white picture for the final. Its ok but its not mr abercrombie at his best, I hope part 2 is better.
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