Thursday, 20 November 2014

Half a king - 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 itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand.

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.

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.

But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, and traps and tragedy...

My thoughts:
Wow, this did NOT take long to read. I am always such a cliche! But yes the pages flew by, sheesh, do you not get tired of me saying that? But it's true! I sat down, starting reading, took a break to watch a tv show, and then finished the book. All in one evening, cos it was light, easy and just...flew by.

It's the story of Yarvi, a prince with a crippled hand. So they send him to the church, but shit, his dad and brother are killed, better make him king then. He is not ready, people do not think him ready and then he swears an oath to kill those who killed his family.

And that is when the adventure starts. I will not say anything but he has an adventure. He learns to be a man and stand on his own. He meets some new friends and he gets his revenge.

The book seems to be a part of a series, I see that now. But it's also a stand alone. Yarvi has his adventure, gets his revenge and the end. I liked that. You can just read it like that and be happy for once that there is an ending to something.

As this was his YA book, I do think I should read his adult series, as I have book 1. I can only imagine how bloody that one will be. Abercrombie is not a nice author, he kills characters and is not afraid to be cruel, even in YA. Hey that's life. I like it.

Conclusion:
I'd read more.

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Hardcover, First Edition, 373 pages
Published July 3rd 2014 by Harper Voyager
Shattered Sea #1
Fantasy / YA
Library


39 comments:

  1. I've been hearing really amazing things about this one, can't wait to read!

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  2. The mental imagery from that title would provide a gruesome cover.

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  3. Yeah, lots of plot threads left open for the next book but the main plotline was wrapped up nicely. I think other YA authors should be making notes...!!

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    1. I liked it, and I could live with the loose endings cos there was an ending

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    2. I think a lot of good YA can come from authors who first tried their hand with adult books; at least YA I am more likely to enjoy

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  4. Putting it on my library list :)

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  5. My comment may have disappeared. I hate it when authors kill off characters I like, but Amber might enjoy this one. I may put it on the Christmas list.

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    1. Bad blogger :/

      Weell, I can't say I liked any of them ;)

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  6. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I LOVE ABERCROMBIE. I LOVE THIS REVIEW AND I LOVE THAT YOU COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN.

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  7. Hms. It sounds a lot better than I would have thought from the cover. I'm so bad about judging a book by it's cover. And yay for books that are so good they fly by like that.

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    1. I am like that too, I always judge...aaaaalways

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  8. I'm glad this was a fast read! I really want to read it.

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  9. Yay, glad to hear it was fast read and fun

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  10. I think it's great that the pages flew by for you! Better than another dud.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  11. I've had the ebook of this for a while and recently got my hands on a signed copy of it (squee!). Still haven't read it yet although I really mean to, it's sounds like a good thing to me that it's a quick read as I'm really struggling to fit in the book I really want to read.

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    1. So cool :D
      I do hope it would be quick for you too...pages just flying by ;=)

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  12. I am kicking myself for not grabbing a copy! That has to be remedied.

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  13. I picked this one up for Tai as I've heard good things. I might have to read it too.

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    1. Then I hope that you both enjoy it ;)

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  14. It sounds nice, I'm happy to see you read it easily and quickly, it's always so fun!

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  15. Well that's another for the TBR, definitely. Too many elements that interest me not to.

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  16. This was such a great book! I love Joe Abercombie, and I was interested when I heard he was writing a YA. I'm happy it turned out so well.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I so need to read that adult series, I keep meaning too, and then I read other books instead

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  17. I've had my eye on this one for a while, now... forgot all about it though until now. Ha!

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  18. ooh this sounds good! I've wanted to try his books but haven't gotten around to do it.... Maybe with this one... And it seems that library has this, yey.

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