Half A King

Half A King

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""I swore an oath to avenge the death 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. 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 finds that his path may end as it began--in twists, and traps, and tragedy" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Group, 2014
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780804178327
Characteristics: 208 p. : maps ; 24 cm


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alburke47 Jan 25, 2018

(Audiobok Review) I've read some young adult over the last couple of years (I am young only at heart), and the only comparison Half a King had with them was that it had a young protagonist. Of course, this is young adult written by Joe Abercrombie, and it definitely felt more like a JA book than YA.

The crux of the story is prince Yarvi, scorned through his long life for having a crippled hand, becomes king at a young(ish) age. His countryfolk won't accept him, and endeavour to get rid of him. However, it turns out Yarvi is harder to kill than that stupid mosquito who gets into your bedroom when you're trying to go to sleep. Stupid bug. Great story though.

Yarvi runs through calamity after calamity, but learns as he goes and collecting friends along the way. The narrator was great, and made the story at least sound like it was YA (whatever the hell that is anyway), and don't let the genre tag out you off. Like your fantasy dark and not so epic, Half a King is definitely worth a look. And perhaps the young adults of today should be reading stories like this anyway...

Jan 23, 2018

A great story with a relatable character. Yarvi, the main character in the story has only 1 fully functioning hand. A good way to introduce a non traditional hero. He also gains a thrown and has it usurped by someone close to him early on. Embarking on a quest for revenge with a motley cast of allies he eventually learns a lot about himself and the strengths he has despite his weaknesses and trials. A great book for fans of the overcoming underdog!

Feb 17, 2017

The first chapter of the Shattered Sea trilogy. On the surface, it's a basic 'brains over brawn' revenge adventure, but there is a lot more going on once you get into the following books. I won't spoil it, but this series is not the genre it seems. There are a few plot twists in each book of the series, including a pretty good one in this book. Some people might have seen it coming, but I didn't. I agree with other reviewers, this book (and its sequels) were very hard to put down once you get started. It's a great read for fans of sword and sorcery adventures.

Jul 06, 2016

Excellent series

LPL_CentennialC Feb 22, 2016

This book is the beginning of an epic fantasy series that is sure to delight fans of A Song of Ice and Fire. A young, crippled prince must face his destiny when his father and older brother are murdered--and his journey of revenge takes him much farther than he ever thought possible. Half a King is a little slow paced, but Abercrombie’s complex characters and rich world building keep the story going throughout. My favorite parts of this book? A flawed narrator, compelling supporting characters, and gritty battle scenes. Perfect for young adults and adults alike!

DevilStateDan Aug 05, 2015

I'm now a huge fan of Joe Abercrombie - his action sequences are very well paced & gruesomely effective, his characters are beautifully flawed &/or troubled & his language use & writing style is great. These books are a great way in to his fantasy world, first seen in The Blade Itself & is a good option for young adults to explore his writing.
I'm hoping during this, my #2015ReadingChallenge to complete this trilogy in addition to the other trilogy that I chose.... just because I really like it!

mvkramer Jul 07, 2015

Be warned, this book is ADDICTIVE. I read it in one day, straight through - I almost never do that. Very fast-paced, exciting, great story for fantasy readers who like political schemes more than dragons and wizards. My one quibble is that the book is almost too fast - the author really could have spent more time with the characters. In fact, this book felt like a prequel volume almost - setting up a world and characters for later. I have the sequel on order, so we'll see if it lives up to my expectations.

May 04, 2015

I am new to the fantasy genre but this book has certainly meant this will change. Great characters and a twist. Can't wait to get my hands on the next installment.

Rbrightone Nov 17, 2014

Well worth reading. It took me a bit to get into it but after about page 40 or so I was hooked. Enjoy

Nov 15, 2014

An exciting, fast-paced story of revenge, with a couple of interesting twists thrown in. The main character is a bit of a switch from the standard sword wielding main character, as one of his arms is crippled; he is a schemer rather than a fighter.

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