A classic coming-of-age tale set in a vivid and richly imagined world from Sunday Times best-selling author Joe Abercrombie.
Words are weapons.
Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright.
Only half a war is fought with swords.
The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king's minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God and put Bright Yilling at its head - a man who worships only Death.
Sometimes one must fight evil with evil.
Some - like Thorn Bathu and the sword bearer Raith - are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others - like Brand the smith and Koll the wood carver - would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her iron wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness....
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"Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work." (George R. R. Martin)
"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)
"Enthralling. An up-all-night read." (Robin Hobb)
I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors are Sanderson and Abercrombie. Add Pacey as narrator and I'm happy.
Yes, it's a little predictable, and a few disappointments with the characters, but overall still a worthy spend of a credit and as good as any wrap-up to the series (naturally, there are a few threads which have been left open).
Abercrombie's gritty style continues, and there's enough blood and gore to satisfy if that's what you're after - this story just doesn't have the same depth as his adult series usually offer.
Narration is good, and consistent with the previous books in the series.
I know this was aimed at young adults but even at that it was a very predictable storyline with overly childlike narration. Ben Elliot is a disastrous choice of reader. While the first two books were ok, this last one just didn't do it for me at all. It felt full of half answered questions, like he was rushing to wind it up.
I hope he will return to form with another adult book, hopefully featuring Sand dan Glokta. Joe was a breath of fresh air in the fantasy world and I hope this is just a blip on the way to greater things.
Fav authors Patrick Rothfuss, David Gemmell, Simon Kernick and Joe Abercrombie. Fav readers Paul Thornley, Steven Pacey and Sean Barrett.
good conclusion to the trilogy, themes of the first law trilogy all over this trilogy, but different in a lot of ways. if you have read the draft law trilogy you will enjoy this (read the books in sequence of course)
Intrigue and cunning throughout, the third book focuses on Skara and almost forgets Thorn who was my favourite from the second book but brilliant ending to the trilogy. I would like to see more from the Shattered Sea.
I had read this was a different kind of story, aimed at a different target audience etc, and for a while I avoided this series, but eventually I was won over by all the good reviews and bought all three, now I wish I had just bought the first so I didn't feel obliged to suffer through all three. In a bloated fantasy market, these three novels are average at the very best, a million miles away from the brilliant First Law series, they lack in every department. The story plods and a lot of the time is downright boring. The speech is often robotic. The characters are so flat and uninteresting. After the genius of the First Law, of Inquisitor Glokta in particular, the depth of the characters and the great story, this trilogy was such a let down! Maybe it was my own fault, but my trust in an author let me down badly this time.
Loved it the narrater did a great job, Abercrombie did a great job, the characters are flawed and despicable and so well fleshed out that you feel you know them and like them and want them to win and all their enemies/obsticles are real then the narrative flips to said enemy and you are there! and on their side and who was that worm who you thought was so great....
seriously though this is a well put together story I have recently enjoyed other abercrombie books too and they can be a bit dark but its good and refreshing and well worth it.
Okay but that's it. I was expecting more and whilst new characters are always welcome I felt the foundation of the main few eroded through this book unlike the first law where they grow and morph in unpredictable ways.
First up, the narration is very good indeed. Previous Abercrombie tome have been voiced by Steven Pacey, a tough act to follow, but I really like Ben Elliot. A more 'youthful' feel to the tone, to match the purported nature of the material.
Whilst aimed at YA, this is pretty much full on Abercrombie (just minus some profanity). I do wonder what goes on his mind to be able to plot this stuff out. Part three is more ensemble than the others, and is the better for it.
Please don't hesitate to listen to this.
Thoroughly enjoyed this usual fantastic characterisation good story with a fantastic setting and quite a few unexpected twists in the story
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