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Thorn Bathu was born to fight. But when she kills a boy in the training square she finds herself named a murderer.
Fate places her life in the hands of the deep-cunning Father Yarvi as he sets out to cross half the world in search of allies against the ruthless High King.
Beside her is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill. A failure in her eyes and his own, the voyage is his last chance at redemption.
But warriors can be weapons, and weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn always be a tool in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path? Is there a place outside of legend for a woman with a blade?
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Firstly, I liked how we were thrown straight into the action from the very first page and introduced to 2 brand new characters who would then be the main characters of the story. These being Brand and Thorn. Out of the 2, I personally preferred Thorn. But like I say, they were both strong characters.
We also had the characters from Half a King as this is the sequel which I liked. Father Yarvi is another favourite of mine.
But, one thing I did not like was the constant suttle references to the first book and the characters from there. Yes, once or twice is a nice bit of nostalgia, but it got very repetitive and irritating. Also, we meet a character from the first book when they are 'half the world' away from home. The Shattered Sea very much felt like a village rather than a world. Abercrombie is very good at introducing new characters and putting them into the story. So I don't know why he felt the need to bring back old ones. We don't meet the Empress of the South in the first book, and she is a new character in this, and I feel is one of the strongest characters in the trilogy so far. She was very interesting and made me want to read more about her.
But that is my only negative about this book. The rest was brilliant. The action scenes in particular were extremely well written and exciting. And the dialogue was very realistic. Especially the more philosophical parts of the ministers.
Overall a good 4* read. Very enjoyable and I look forward to the final book in the trilogy, Half a War.
I have read other Abercrombie books and not enjoyed them as much as these (The Heroes was a bit of a let down for me) but the reviews for this series persuaded me to have another go and it was worth it. The best of his work I have read to date.
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