Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Half a King: By Joe Abercrombie



Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.

The deceived will become the deceiver.

Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

The betrayed will become the betrayer.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.

Will the usurped become the usurper?

But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds that his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.

Many times when writers of adult novels attempt to enter the YA genre they merely dumb down the characters and writing, thus making a bad book.

This is not the case with Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King.

Abercrombie has done something truly remarkable. He has kept much of the backstabbing, intrigue, and complex characters, while simply slightly toning down the violence described to the reader. Now that doesn’t mean that there is no violence in this book, city populations are slaughtered, there is raping and pillaging, there is torture, and the main character is sold into slavery and often beaten. If what I just described bothers you, then this is not the book for you. If you can handle this then you’re in for one hell of a ride of a ride.

One of my favorite attributes of Abercrombie books is that none of the characters are black and white, he does an amazing job explaining backstories and motivations, all while making readers understand why many of the awful things that the characters do are done. No character is a saint and many have done horrible things for what they consider to be the greater good or at the very least for their goals, which might have originally started out noble, but can easily be viewed as anything but in a different light.

Fans of Abercrombie’s pervious books will love Half a King. I personally was riveted from the first page and didn’t put it down until I finished, where upon I went to amazon to see when the next in the series is supposed to come out. Speaking of that, this is the first of a trilogy, the next in the series is Half a World and is expected February 3, 2015, so at the least there is a quick turn around for each book in the series.

All in all, this was a great book filled with action, surprises, and fantastic characters. I highly recommend it.


Publisher: Del Rey

Published: July 15, 2014

Price: $26.00

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