Author: Joe Abercrombie
Page Count: 376
Published: July 3rd 2014
Publisher: Harper Voyager (UK), Del Rey (US)
Back Of The Book …
Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted.
But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy…
What I Thought …
This is one of ‘em good old gems you read. You hear about it, say to yourself, meh another fantasy, but when you read it, you don’t put it down till it’s done.
And thats pretty much what I did. One shot through. I was horribly sick so I couldn’t do much else, but I would like to think I would have read this in one go to begin with.
It’s a classic betrayal, revenge, coming of age story.
Kids a prince, he’s a weak little shit in a kingdom full of warrior viking honor bound douche’s. Anywho he’s training to join a sort of priest hood cause he just wants to ditch that shiz, when pap-ie eats it. Of course no one wants him to be king, betrayal shit happens and he’s out in the world on his own.
Thats where he grows as a person, and learns that the sword isn’t the only way to get what you want.
Story takes place a lot on a boat. The dynamics of at sea life has always intrigued me. Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastards second book (Red Seas Under Red Skies) takes place on a boat. Loved it, that was my favorite book of that series so far. Also some parts of Brent Weeks Lightbringer series has some great at sea voyages. If ya haven’t read a book with that aspect in it, you should. Read any of those, and this book I’m reviewing for some of that great stuff.
Book is awesome I couldn’t put it down. For sure one of my top 5 favorite high fantasy books of all time. It’s well written, super easy to read, smooth plot line, and with enough twists and surprises a great intervals to keep ya hooked. Its one of those “just one more page” books when mamma asks you to take the trash out, kinda books.
If Ya Liked This …
1) The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1) by Brent Weeks
One of my favorite books, for reasons you’ll find out if ya read the full review.
Orphan kid, whom gets screwed over at every turn, gets taken in by an assassin, learns a trade, gets sucked into the politics of the world. Awesome magic. Awesome fight scenes. Awesome story. Spans 3 books, and all are freakin awesome.
You can find the full review here.
2) The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie
Gotta recommend another of this authors books! I mean if ya liked one book by an author then MAYBE YOU FOUND SOMETHING YOU LIKE!
This series is Grander, Longer, and definitely more complicated in its narrative. I’ve only read the first book in the series though, even though it was awesome, I just got a little caught in my massive To-Read list.
These books are far more brutal then Half a King. Shit seriously gets fucked up for the characters, but it’s awesome.
3) The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch
I think I just figured out why I love this book. It’s the two main characters. They’re memorable. I mean I still think about them. When I think of thieves or anything of that nature, I think of Locke. I’ve even named one of my many 100 hour play throughs of Skyrim after this guy. Of course my character wasn’t nearly as awesome.
A band of thieves who grow up learning that trade. Each book is basically a story of one of their many heists, and there are tons of twists and turns to keep you gripping the book till it crumbles in your hands!
4) The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1) by Robert Jordan
Can’t review a fantasy book and not recommend some Robert Jordan! He’s the man of fantasy.
I mean this is THE story of farm boy with basic life who finds he has a destiny, who has roots he never knew of, and has a whole lot to learn. I mean there’s a grip of books in this series to read. He published 11 of ’em before he died, then Brandon Sanderson finished off the last 3, total of 14 novels!
I don’t feel comparing is doin it justice, but if you don’t understand yet then these books are like the Lord of the Rings of our generation.