Half a King

, #1

Hardcover, 336 pages

English language

Published July 15, 2014 by Del Rey.

ISBN:
978-0-8041-7832-7
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4 stars (54 reviews)

Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, a 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 he 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...

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reviewed Пів Короля by Joe Abercrombie (Потрощене Море, #1)

Review of 'Пів Короля' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Не можу однозначно пояснити, чому, але книга та загалом світ, описаний в ній, дуже нагадала книги про Конана-Варвара (хоча здебільшого головні герої дуже не схожі між собою) в найкращому їх сенсі.

Темп оповіді досить швидкий, але має місце для невеликих простих взаємодій між персонажами, що ефективно розвиває їх стосунки та дозволяє глибше їх розкрити.

Ярві дуже імпонує як персонаж, ефективно використовує свої сильні і слабкі сторони. Загалом на базовому рівні - це класична історія про помсту, але виконана дуже якісно і цікаво, особливо сподобається фанатам темного фентезі та грімдарку.

reviewed Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Shattered Sea, #1)

Review of 'Half a King' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

Using Goodread's definition for star ratings this book was simply okay. When I see Joe Abercrombie and the words epic fantasy my expectations may have been placed a bit too high.

The First Law trilogy was excellent and I was expecting a story similar to that. While it was, Shattered Sea has YA attached to the genre and that may have minimized the grit and brutality that I enjoyed with The First Law.

I like Abercrombie as an author, he has an excellent way with prose and his characters are unique so I will read on to Half a World and make my decision about continuing at that time.

reviewed Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Shattered Sea, #1)

Review of 'Half a King' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I was wondering why this seemed a bit more simplistic than [b:The Blade Itself|944073|The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1)|Joe Abercrombie|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/books/1284167912s/944073.jpg|929009] (The First Law Series.) Then I read that it's a YA novel. Oooooookkthankyouthismakesmoresensenow.

Not as grim as grey. Not as gritty as dusty. Still a pretty fun read.

I might have read [a:Mark Lawrence|4721536|Mark Lawrence|https://d2arxad8u2l0g7.cloudfront.net/authors/1318781585p2/4721536.jpg] recently where you have a post-apocalyptic northern European twist to it all so Yarvi and Jorg keep getting mixed up in my head. Same with some of the other characters but it's what you get when you all live in the same region.

Regardless of the mental gymnastics I've been doing keeping worlds, stories, and characters segregated to their own pens if you want the lighter meal of Abercrombie's work this seems to fit well. Easy read, easy entertainment. Looking forward to the rest of the series to see how it moves forward since …

reviewed Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Shattered Sea, #1)

Review of 'Half a King' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

What do you do when you are the second son of a king, and one born with a crippled hand, to boot? Well, you think you would take your vows and join the ministry. However, life seldom works out as you planned. Your father and brother are both killed, and you must step up and take the crown. Wait...what's that? Betrayal and treachery lie dead ahead? Well, that's life giving you lemons once again. Poor Prince Yarvi!

Good solid entry to the series. We journey with Yarvi as he travels the road and determines where his loyalties, and choices lie. What is more important? Revenge? Family? Friendship? Read it and find out what he decides. 3 1/2 stars.

reviewed Il mezzo re by Joe Abercrombie (Trilogia del Mare Infranto, #1)

Review of 'Il mezzo re' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Il contenuto del libro è anche bello, ma il modo in cui è raccontato non mi ha minimamente coinvolto, nè è riuscito a catturare il mio interesse. Solo alcuni momenti di azione ad esempio il tentato omicidio di Yarvi, la fuga dalla nave o il raggiungimento da parte di Shadikshirram - nome più complicato no, eh - oppure il cliffhanger finale hanno acceso la mia curiosità, ma per il resto ho faticato ad entrare in sintonia col protagonista è col suo modo di pensare.

Il fatto che abbia una minima voglia di leggere il secondo è determinata solamente dal cliffhanger finale. Per me rimane un libro piatto e insipido. Spero che l'altra sua trilogia sia più avvincente.

reviewed Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Shattered Sea, #1)

Review of 'Half a King' on 'Storygraph'

3 stars

A quick, enjoyable read, but the last quarter of the book doesn't live up to the potential of the earlier portions of the book. Abercrombie does a fantastic job of crafting the character Yarvi's journey from a neglected weakling to a cunning champion-of-sorts, but when the novel turns to more traditional, blood-and-steel fantasy storytelling, that intriguing character is lost in the shuffle of predictable deaths and Scooby Doo plot twists.

reviewed Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Shattered Sea, #1)

Review of 'Half a King' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Audiobook narrated by John Keating. Very well done.

I've read Abercrombie's First Law Series and loved it, hoped this YA book would not disappoint. It did not. I very much enjoyed following Yarvi on his adventure. Not as grimdark as Abercrombie's other books but still has that edge to it that I like.

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