Book Review: Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie

Before this book I had not read any of Mr. Abercrombie’s work. I have heard great things and he has been recommended to me numerous times. So I thought the start of a new series would be perfect for me to jump on board. I did not know what to think when this book was tagged as YA. Should I even try it? This is Lord Grimdark we are talking about right? Well, I did try it and I am very glad I did! I very much enjoyed this book. Not a dark book, not really a light book. I can see the YA elements but nothing overpowering. I enjoyed the story telling, with it’s twist and turns. I loved the characters, Yarvi is a brilliant youngster with a cunning mind. I really felt for him, and enjoyed following his story. The world created in this book is my style, A little Viking is always good. Overall just a great book, that I couldn’t wait to keep reading. I have now purchased the First Law trilogy, so I can get some more of this great author. I can’t wait for the next book Half the World.

Half A King and Half The World are out now from Del Rey Books!

Half A War is due out 7-28-15.

4/5 Stars


About the book:

“I swore an oath to be avenged on the killers of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath”
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.
The deceived will become the deceiver
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.
The betrayed will become the betrayer
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.
Will the usurped become the usurper?
But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, and traps and tragedy…

About the author:

Joe Abercrombie was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology. He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004. It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed by two other books in The First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. He currently lives and works in London with his wife and daughter. In early 2008 Joe Abercrombie was one of the contributors to the BBC Worlds of Fantasy series, alongside other contributors such as Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and China Mieville.


    1. I just got done with Half a World. I could see more of the YA feel but at the same time it seemed a little more gritty. Maybe I am just confused? I loved both books. Half A World review should be up Thurday (Thorsday). Thanks!


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