Half a King by Joe Abercrombie is available now in the US and the UK!
It is a wonderful book, filled with everything that Abercrombie fans have come to love about the writer. The grit. The hardship. The harsh reality that characters are confronted with and that reality’s ability to take those characters from goodness to darkness and every gray shade between. Yet it is also fit for all ages and it is a perfect place for readers who have not tried Joe’s previous work.
George R. R. Martin, who tends to have a keen eye for talent, said this about Joe’s new book:
“A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go.”—George R. R. Martin
I agree with GRRM’s assessment. I picked up the book and immediately fell in love with it. I didn’t put it down the first day. That was a lost day, I tell you. I finished it during the next few days and, when I turned that final page, I sat back and said, “Wow, that was helluva yarn.” It is a great story about being perceived as handicapped; it is a better story about dysfunctional families and war and revenge and real friendship.
Here is more about Half a King:
“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.
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.
The other thing I love about Half a King? We are getting its sequel, Half the World, in less than seven months! In a genre that sees great books taking years to publish, Joe has ramped up his writing game to deliver us a great trilogy in record time. So when you talk to him or send him congratulations for Half a King, thank him for being a great professional as well!
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie is in fine bookstores now!
Take the Shattered Sea!