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Half a King (Shattered Sea, Book 1) Hardcover – 3 Jul 2014
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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
‘A magnificent, captivating world.’ James Dashner of MAZE RUNNER
From the Inside Flap
Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted.
But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself - all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi's path may end as it began - in twists, traps and tragedy ...
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Only real criticisms would be:
- most of Yarvi's party aren't fleshed out much. It would have been good to get to know them a bit better.
- Yarvi's initial problem is that he was born with a physical disability in a culture that believes leading men should be great warriors and therefore gives basically zero respect or opportunity to someone with a disability. Yarvi learns to overcome his physical limitation and succeed in his quest using wit and guile instead of muscle - this is extremely well done - but my criticism is that even after he saves the day nobody seems to appreciate what he's done. He's still scorned and despised by almost everyone around him.
Lastly (BIG SPOILER ALERT) I was surprised that Uthil let him renounce his birthright and run off to join the ministry with (as far as I could make out) no other possible heirs to the throne. Might have been a good idea to keep him around until Uthil had a couple of his own kids (or at least someone he could trust) ready to take over, then let Yarvi go into the ministry.
Worth a read if you want a fantasy novel for a rainy weekend, but lacking in the rich intrigue and complexity of something like Game of Thrones.
It seemed to me he went from prince to slave to silver tongued man in the space of 50 pages. There was zero gravity to any choices because he seemed to get himself out of them instantly. It lacks depth and the world building was woeful. Really amatuer stuff here imo. I'm going to give it 3 because I reserve 2 and 1 for twiight level bad writing, and this one was atleast competent in that department. Just boring I'm afraid, very boring.
And to a certain extent I enjoyed this as well.
Just not as much.
It starts out promising enough and I'm really not qualified to criticize somebody else's work.
It's good but wraps up a little to fast for my liking, with no real pay off.
I guess he achieved what he set out to do but it's not for me . I prefer full on Joe . Bring back Ninefingers?