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“A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go.”—George R. R. Martin
 
“Tremendously entertaining . . . lightning-fast and filled with a wonderful collection of rogues, villains and two-faced bastards . . . From the first chapter [Joe Abercrombie] wastes no time as the reader is swept up in a gripping tale of betrayal and revenge.”SciFi Now
 
“Once this plot has its teeth in you, it will not let go. . . . Abercrombie’s masterful storytelling means that everything, from the characters that you come to love and despise, to the sprawling world that is explored, is enthralling.”Fantasy Book Review
 
“Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea is a fantastic yet believable backdrop to Yarvi’s struggle, a vivid imaginary land.”—The Seattle Times
 
“Intriguing characters . . . nonstop action.”—Chicago Tribune

Half a King is my favorite book by Joe Abercrombie so far, and that’s saying something.”—Patrick Rothfuss
 
“As in all Abercrombie’s books, friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect. With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure.”—Rick Riordan
 
“Enthralling! An up-all-night read.”—Robin Hobb
 
“Polished and sharp, perhaps his most technically proficient novel yet . . . I dare you to read the first chapter and try not to turn the next page.”—Brent Weeks
 
Half a King can be summed up in a single word: masterpiece. It’s a coming-of-age story. It’s a Viking saga. It’s a revenge tale and family drama and the return of the prodigal son. But most of all, it’s this: a short time alongside people as weak and blundering as we are and, in the midst of it all, as heroic. Far too short a time, as it turns out. What a wonderful book.”—Myke Cole
 
Half a King is full of all the adventure I’ve come to expect from Abercrombie and a tenderness I never knew he had.”—Sam Sykes

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Yarvi succeeds to the throne of Gettland when his father and elder brother are killed. But Yarvi is a reluctant king. Because of a deformed hand, he has always felt an inadequate son to his father and now an inadequate king. He is engaged to his cousin, but his uncle is not interested in having a weakling for a son-in-law nor “half a king” for the country. The uncle’s coup topples Yarvi from the throne, but Yarvi escapes with his life. Yarvi’s escape leads, however, only to enslavement by people from neighboring Vansterland. Out from this situation emerges a long and arduous quest as Yarvi swears to avenge his father’s and brother’s deaths and dislodge his uncle from the throne. In the process, Yarvi attains a new maturity, the most important component of which is a newfound confidence. Defeat of his uncle does not mean that Yarvi steps up and occupies the throne again. Instead, he wisely effects an alternative scenario. The world building here is complete and convincing, and the characters are arresting in their all-too-human nature. --Brad Hooper --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Faced-paced, action-packed, and approachable - with teeth that hook you in! 5/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but derivative romp lit up by great characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable YA route into adult fantasy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely readable
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read
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Kesse
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all... but not as good as First Law
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4.0 out of 5 stars A short but well-crafted intro to a talented writer
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T. K. Fulcher
2.0 out of 5 stars OK but read the First Law before buying this...
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Mrs Wendy Lennox
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast-Paced Gripping Tale
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 27, 2016
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Stephen Clarkson
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story by Abercrombie
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Mark Barlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Abercrombie is one the best fantasy writers out today with his First Law trilogy ...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2015
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Hugh
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of something fantastic.
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Mr Dylan S Hearn
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to the series!
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