Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

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

My Thoughts:

Wow.  I've never read anything by Joe Abercrombie before, but that will soon change!  I was hooked after the first couple of chapters.  His writing is just incredible!  Ever have one of those books that it just irks you when you have to stop reading, even for a minute?  That was this book for me.  

It's just so incredibly easy to relate to Yarvi.  He is a king, but has so many insecurities and so much doubt that you just sit there like, "Hey, I totally get this guy."

The secondary characters are equally wonderful.  Especially Sumael.  I absolutely loved everything about her.  This was a nice little nugget of her wisdom: "You can always make enemies of your friends.  Making friends of your enemies is harder labor." Preach. it. girl.

The world building and character building is also amazing.  It was so easy to imagine the surroundings in my mind. 

Another nice thing about HaK: it was clean, for the most part.  

This was just such an amazing fantasy book.  If you like fantasy, or are interested in starting to read fantasy: GET THIS BOOK.

I can't wait to read the next installment!

Sexual Content: mild (don't remember any, but just in case - it gets a "mild")
Language: mild/moderate
Violence: heavy - LOTS of blood
Drugs/Alcohol: mild

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