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Half the World (Shattered Sea) Hardcover – February 17, 2015
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“The Shattered Seas trilogy has worked its way into a very exclusive group of my favorite fantasy novels of all time. The pacing is perfect, the characters deep and true and real, the world rich and authentic, the plot full of twists and turns. Perhaps my favorite part is that no one is purely good or evil: Each and every character has layers upon layers that are a joy to discover. I tore through all three books and truly hope that someday Joe Abercrombie returns to this magnificent, captivating world.”—James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner
Praise for Half the World
“An excellent page-turner . . . full of drama and energy.”—New York Daily News
“Another entertaining burst of battle, magic and political machinations from the always reliable Joe Abercrombie . . . a thoroughgoing blast, a violent, beautiful rabbit hole of craft that is well worth disappearing into.”—Shelf Awareness
“Compelling . . . [Thorn] makes Katniss Everdeen look like Dorothy Gale.”—Chicago Tribune
“Splendid . . . Abercrombie has a knack for building characters with pathos and wit. . . . The fast-paced story draws readers along while setting up what promises to be an explosive final showdown.”—Publishers Weekly
“Clever, exciting and unexpected.”—SFF World
Praise for Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King
“A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go.”—George R. R. Martin
“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
About the Author
Joe Abercrombie is the New York Times bestselling author of Half a King, Red Country and the First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. He spent ten years as a freelance film editor, and is now a full-time writer who lives in Bath, England, with his wife, two daughters, and son.
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One of the other strengths of this series is it diverges from a lot of YA in that the adults in the story are competent, worthy mentors. So many of the books aimed at young people today assume that all adults are ineffectual, uncaring, and often stupid. That is not the case in 'Half the World'. Yarvi from the first book has aged a few years and fully embraced his role as Father Yarvi. He takes on two young misfits, Brand a young man who wants to become a warrior and provide for his young sister, and Thorn, a young woman who also wants to follow the path of the warrior but has had her dreams stolen from her due to ill luck and quite a lot of prejudice.
Over the course of a year of hardship, the two learn that things aren't always as the songs make them out to be. Both gain in skill and wisdom but also face loss. They learn that gaining your greatest desire is not necessarily a good thing. They come to understand what true friendship is, and that family can mean many things.
Did I mention there are several outstanding fight scenes? Great Spiny, I am jealous of how skilled Mr. Abercrombie is at laying out combat. Most of the time, I find most action scenes in books pretty 'meh'. You know the hero is gonna live, so where's the drama. Read this book to see how it's done. The man has leet skillz.
Was there anything I didn't like? Well, after the initial year long trip there is a lull of sorts as the characters return home. This is where some of the relationship stuff that's been brewing throughout the book comes to a head, and frankly I found some of the dialogue and scenes awkward. Usually Mr. Abercrombie is the master of dialogue, but when it came time to deal with the teenage angst and resolve it, it felt forced. Thankfully, this was a small part of the story, and the last quarter of the book more than made up for it.
I'm stoked for the next volume. I can't imagine what the author has planned to top the action and drama from 'Half the World'.
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