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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007558481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007558483
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (432 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,071,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

‘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

‘A magnificent, captivating world.’ James Dashner of MAZE RUNNER

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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By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
When King Uthrik and his heir are taken through the Last Door on the edge of a murderer's sword, Prince Yarvi ascends the Black Chair, wearing the King's Circle on his brow. This was not the destiny Yarvi had hoped for. His wish had been to complete his spiritual training and to become a minister as plain Brother Yarvi, no longer a prince. To his father and brother, Yarvi had seemed half a man, one of his hands deformed beyond use. Restrained by unkind words and deeds, Yarvi is unprepared for kingship. It seems like cruel destiny, then, when he is cast from the throne through the greatest of treacheries, thrown into the sea, from which he is reborn as a slave, an oarsman and, finally, a warrior and one of a band of brothers and sister, each with their own vengeance to wreak, especially Yarvi who has a throne to claim.

Half a King is a fantasy adventure but for me it is fresh with the sea air of a Viking saga. It has a suitably traditional, ageless theme - the young prince overthrown who must prove himself as a warrior and leader before he can become king - but Yarvi's character, and so many others aboard this novel, is so distinct and original that there are surprises throughout and our expectations as to the outcome of such a saga are wonderfully challenged. The ending is superb.

Once Yarvi is an enslaved oarsman aboard the South Wind, Half A King comes to life in fabulous ways. The female captain Shadikshirram is a painted monster and a joy to read. One slave who dared to try to escape is now literally ground under her foot every day, renamed as Nothing. Others aboard have taken on grotesque personalities due to the iron collars around their necks and the chains around their limbs.
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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

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Took me a while t get into it but couldn't put it down after a while, has a great twist at the end involving a certain slave. Although not as dark and depressing as some of his other books (being a so called 'young adult' novel) it's still got everything about Abercrombie that I love. If you enjoyed his other books I strongly recommend this,in fact even if you haven't you should still give it a go.
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‘Half a King’ is the first book of the new trilogy, ‘The Shattered Sea’, by Joe Abercrombie. Known for his ‘The First Law’ trilogy, and now spoken about as one of the most successful writers of epic fantasy in the field today, Half a King departs from the author’s usual genre and instead moves towards the Young Adult market. It represents a coming-of-age tale in a fantasy world, a classic of the genre, whilst still having a distinct subversive touch on how these stories usually develop in the genre.

So, what is Half a King about?

The book features Yarvi, the youngest son of the King of Gettland and the Golden Queen. In a land where combat prowess and physical strength dictates the success of the monarch and any man, Yarvi is a cripple with only one good hand and no skill in warfare. Never having expected to inherit, he is suddenly thrown into the role of king after his father and elder brother are slain by treachery. However, before he can avenge anyone and bring to justice his father’s killers, he’s betrayed and sold into slavery. Only to find himself suddenly at the oar of a galley with newfound friends and companions. When escaping the galley it’s a long trek to his homeland, and he must escape the vengeful pursuit of the galley’s captain if he wants to then reclaim his throne.

Half a King is something different and an all-new setting that doesn’t have anything to do with The First Law series books. The world in this book is reminiscent of Scandinavia in early middle ages, and much of the elements in the book are similar to classics of the epic fantasy genre.
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