- 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 (482 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
I'm not going to rehearse the plot, which is dealt with in other reviews, but will simply note that the fact that the main character has a physical disability is dealt with superbly well, and is used as something that genuinely enhances the character building and story. Beyond that the plot is essentially a Fellowship of the Ring style journey for the most part, with the plot moving along in a consistently linear and straightforward fashion. It is primarily for that reason that it is so accessible and easy to follow compared to other similar fantasy books.
This book is perfect, then, for newcomers to the genre, or those who already do like the genre but want something a little lighter and easier going than some of the more in depth series that bombard with you people, places and lore until your brain hurts (or at least until most of the characters start meeting varied and bloody endings).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's okay, Tried to like the characters but couldnt - none of them really stood out. Didn't finish.Published 8 days ago by Maggiejo
This is a YA book but I didn't realise that until I was well into the story. Yarvi's character developed as the book went on. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Marilyn
Good hero simple plot usual characters pretty much but the callous trickery and the abject need Togo on for another dayPublished 1 month ago by Drew
Simpler approach than that in the First Law series. But I could hardly put it down from the first chapter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan
Actual Rating 4.5 •
Half a King is the first book in the Shattered Sea Trilogy, and my first Joe Abercrombie read. Read more
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