ARC Review: Half a King – Joe Abercrombie

18666047eARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for fair review


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.

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 finds his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.


Loved this book.

Loved it.

The concept of the Ministers – a kind of solidified diplomatic corp that are also historians and bird trainers and botanists grabbed me. The concept of the One God, the Tall Gods and the Small Gods grabbed me. I loved the fact that our hero was a cripple, born with essentially one useless hand. I loved that our hero never really wanted to fight, but when injustice was heaped upon him, he vowed to take his revenge. Yarvi is not perfect; even aside from his physical imperfections. He’s sometimes a tad too smart for his own good, and you can sometimes see that need for revenge override his otherwise solid common sense. It makes him feel very human and relatable. The cast of sidekicks is wonderful too; many of them gaining motivations that most smaller characters don’t always get in books which is always a plus. The writing here is very solid too. The story is paced well, feels brisk and has a couple of great little twists at the end. One is given enough clues that if you’re astute enough you can figure out the mystery before the protagonist does (though I admittedly didn’t) while the other feels a bit coincidental. Even so, I was having so much fun with the book I didn’t care. As I’ve said in review of Patrick Rothfuss’ books, if a book is so enjoyable that you don’t care about the problems, it’s doing something right.

All in all, this book isn’t out yet and I already want the sequel. If I ever get my to be read list knocked down, I want to read more of his works.

In short, this one is a no-brainer.

Verdict: Buy It

Available:  July 15th



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