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Half a War (Shattered Sea, Book 3) Kindle Edition

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‘What makes Abercrombie so good is the way that the cut and thrust of the dialogue is every bit as dangerous as the swordplay, and the clash of personal destinies matters as much as the shattering of empires. Like Game of Thrones on an adrenalin drip, this is a full-throated war cry of a novel, counterpointed by grace notes in perfect pitch’ Daily Mail

‘The final instalment in The Shattered Sea series is the perfect ending to an outstanding YA trilogy . . . The battles are bloody, the twists are shocking and the deaths are heartbreaking’ SFX

‘Abercrombie has created a series that is by shades engaging, mesmerising and jaw-dropping, possessing themes and complex characters so rarely interrogated by YA fiction. In Half a War, he has supplied a fitting coda’ SciFi Now

‘War reaches the boiling point in the impressive conclusion … Abercrombie piles on shocking betrayals and charges his characters a high price for vengeance in this powerful and fitting final volume’ Publishers Weekly

‘Half a War not only continues on in the footsteps of its predecessors, but fulfills all the series’ promises in a way that rends the soul as compulsively as anything Abercrombie has written to date . . . It is a fantasy for all ages, and all times, so long as you’re emotionally prepared to have your heart ripped out. Because, despite the titles of his novels, Joe Abecrombie isn’t one for half-measures’

‘The writing was so descriptive that the whole world came to life. It was so good I wanted to read everything else Joe Abercrombie has ever written’ Daily Record

‘Anyone who is missing the political machinations, guts and glory of Game of Thrones would do well to check this out. Heart-racing fantasy of the highest order’ Absolutely South East

‘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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2441 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (16 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KA101LW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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


Best Served Cold

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 July 2015
Format: Hardcover

So often with a final book im left feeling a bit disappointed, slightly unfulfilled, not so in the case of this book and this series. I have criticised this author a few times for lack of brevity (to be fair I think I used the term windy) … but in this series every word is not only needed, but is a powerful driver in the story, I could have been happy with twice the book length and still thought it not enough.

The subtle mix of post apocalyptic world, where the remnants of our world and its people are seen as magical elves, to be feared and reviled for their short-sighted destruction of the world. Coupled with the Norse style world that has grown around the shattered sea, nations war like in nature, man recreating all its old mistakes, grasping with greedy hands for what others have, climbing the rungs of power, willing to moralise and justify any step to settle a grudge or avenge a loved one. Vows to the gods being as powerful as ever.

The author does a wonderful job of showing us the cyclical nature of man’s destructive ambition, the futility of war and how easily a good man can be subverted by power. All this though is wrapped in a highly entertaining fantasy/ post apocalyptic world, crammed with atmosphere and deep cunning!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Rhodes on 20 July 2015
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I love the first two books in this trilogy but I must admit I was a little disappointed with this one (something I never thought I would say about a Joe Abercrombie book). It seemed rushed, the characters from the first two books seemed empty diminished. I won't go into details but the deaths of the characters in this book were rushed and uncaring. If you have read the first two I would still recommend reading this just to finish the story.
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The Half a.. series has been top notch despite the early criticism of it being a book only for the yoofs of today.
It isn't really. The only noticeable indicators are the juvenile romantic scenes where the characters fret about kissing and the breaking of teenage hearts The rest is pure Abercrombie and I honestly can't seen what all you people are complaining about by saying 'how much you love his other stuff' but hate these ones. The characters are good (as always) and the use of strong female role models has always been a major strength (more Paksenarrion rather than Trudy Canavan)

Each book focuses on different heroes in order to weave the wider story together and I think this is well done. The setting is classic Norse (or is it indeed...) but with a gentle high fantasy touch that takes it out of the historical novel.

I found the early ones particularly strong and I guess the third and final was always going to wilt slightly due to its nature but having literally just finished the last word I'm not smiling with a pleasant sense of nostalgia. He wrapped it up well enough and closed off the ends and I also can't see how it was rushed but it isn't exactly sparkling. I would critique this as being because Joe starts to pick apart some of the threads and turn things on its head a bit. Other reviews have mentioned the 'elf weapon' situation which although smacks of what people say it is, it isn't mentioned enough to be conclusive - you could easily still have it any which way you want - even with the metal casing bouncing off the floor....

It is his aggressive remodelling of the characters that doesn't sit as well. Good or bad, shades of grey we know what we get with Abercrombie is a constantly evolving character who can literally be capable of anything.
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I've eagerly devoured every single book by Joe Abercrombie in the year or two since I discovered him.
I'd have to say I don't think this is his absolute best. Just very enjoyable indeed. It all makes sense, but doesn't quite line up to the first two books in this trilogy.
It's an interesting approach - to move onto a different central, point of view character (or two) in each book. But it does rather mean the characters you came to be interested in, in the preceding volume, are suddenly relegated to bit-part players - and thus easily and somewhat carelessly disposed of in some cases. A touch of the George RR Martins perhaps...
So, overall: another really riveting and exciting read, beautifully and robustly written as ever, with lots of wonderful snappy dialogue and moments of gutsy emotion and high drama. But just a wee bit laboured in places, whilst the need to wrap up the saga neatly makes it feel a bit rushed and pat towards the end. Definitely well worth the read, but also not one of my favourites of Joe's works to date.
And I don't get the 'young adult' label at all. While it's true that the several main protagonists / POV characters in the trilogy do indeed start out as young adults (and there is a certain amount of teen agnst / unrequited love around the edges), there's nothing else young adult about it. Just the usual blood-and-guts-and-in-yer-face Abercrombie. So whatever you do, don't be put off by the notional YA tag.
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