Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Half the world - Joe Abercrombie

Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War.

Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill.

Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior.

She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland’s deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit.

Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon.

Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption.

And weapons are made for one purpose.

Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path? (

My thoughts:
I was a bit disappointed that the book was not about Yarvi (and how much time had gone by, not a lot I guess?) Anyway so yes it is not about the main character from book 1. He is now the minister of his country. His uncle rules, his mum is preggers, and the book is not about him.

The book is about Thorn, a young woman who wants to be a warrior like her dad. And she fights hard for it. Others try to put her down but she does not give up. Sure she is stubborn to a fault, and rash, but she truly is a good warrior. And the man teaching her is an a-hole and that is why she ends up with Father Yarvi when he goes on a "trip" to sell things/get people on their side.

I do guess I like Abercrombie's YA books, but not his adult books. Go figure. I also like how they truly feel like fantasy. Sorry other YA books but really *eye roll*. Abercrombie has created a world, religion, history, I can see myself in that world. It's about a girl learning to be a warrior among men. It's a well written book about a strong woman, who does not let silly things like romance steal her away from her goal. Yes I have been burned on YA fantasy before.

Conclusion:
I look forward to book 3. I hope the library gets that one too, what? I am on a book ban! And my library is awesome *fingers crossed*. I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

Cover 
interesting

Hardcover, 366 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by Del Rey
Shattered Sea #2
Fantasy / YA
Library


46 comments:

  1. So can this be read as standalone you think?

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  2. I'm guessing book 3 will feature another new character then if this second book isn't about the protagonist from the first book? I've heard such great things about this series!

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    1. Wait...I think I read something about a princess, so yes it seems like that

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  3. Your library is only awesome for non-de Lint. ;p

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  4. Joe Abercrombie's work is like one of those unattainable goals for me. I wish I were into his genre.

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  5. Sorry you didn't love this one all too much. I've been intrigued by his books for quite some time!

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    1. You should try these :) The adults one, nah

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  6. I'm an Abercombie newbie, but determined to read something soon. I guess I'll start with YA.

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    1. I think that would be for the best

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  7. I think this is a series my daughter would enjoy.

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  8. I have heard great things about this series, and I want to try it. Nothing wrong with the library, I just checked out two there on Monday and already finished one :)

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    1. Cool :D I do love the library. And I give them hints of what to buy and they listen

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  9. It sounds very good. Can't believe I haven't tried his books yet...

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  10. I so agree with everything you said here. I was disappointed that it wasn't about Yarvi but ended up being so glad that it was about Thorn. Brilly review!

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  11. I can see why you would be disappointed when you went in thinking that you were going to delve in more with the same main character, but the series does seem promising. I will have to look up the first in series. Thank you for the review and introduction.

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    1. It's a really good series, and the shift felt strange, but then in the end it was perfect cos the book had to be about Thorn

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  12. I can understand your disappointment, but as much as I loved Yarvi I liked Thorn even more. I think she's a great character, so different from a lot of YA heroines. Looking forward to the third book too.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. So different. She kicked ass, I mean she was so differe nt from even fantasy YA heroines. Just awesome

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  13. Good luck with book 3. I think I may pass up on this series this time. lol

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  14. ah sorry it wasn't the ame character, it's always a bit disappointed mainly when you love him.

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  15. I'm sorry you were disappointed. I hope the next one is better.

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  16. Is this one as dark as the first one? Yarvi lived in such a gray world and I'm wondering if Thorn does, too.

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    1. They live in the same city so yeah

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  17. Yay for great world building that makes transports you in it! And yes to strong women who know what they want! Also, fingers crossed for your library :)

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    1. I have a good feeling about it ;)

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  18. Nothing wrong with book bans, I'm on one too. Libraries are great aren't they? Sounds like a good book. I hope the main character was as good as the first. At least he's still in it.

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    1. They are awesome :D

      She was just as good

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  19. If the library bought the first 2, they'll probably buy the 3rd ;) I hope you'll enjoy it more !

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  20. I was also disappointed this wasn't Yarvi's book when I started to read it, but then Thorn won my heart and I loved it! :)

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  21. Man this one sounds superb!! Do you have to read the first one, or can you read them out of order? I am not interested in the first book, but this one really catches my attention.

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    1. Read this one first, or read the first one first. I'd say it works this way too

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  22. Hmm. Interesting. I do want to get to these books. Glad to hear the YA are fantasy reads and worth it. ;) Thanks!

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  23. I haven't read anything by Abercrombie but it sounds like I should give the YA a try. I know you've got discerning taste when it comes to YA fantasy so this will be awesome!

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    1. Oh yes, me and YA fantasy have a tricky road behind us ;)

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