Friday, 11 July 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

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Half A King by Joe Abercrombie


As part of my relaxing summer plans I had made the decision not to read any heavy duty books and instead to stick to light contemporary fiction.  That was, of course, until I was asked to review Half A King.

Half A King is Joe Abercrombie's first foray into the world of Young Adult fiction with this book being aimed 15 years plus.

 

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 itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand. 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. 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.

But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, and traps and tragedy…


My Other Half has read some of Joe Abercrombie's other works but this was my first experience.  I'm a fan of YA fiction anyway but having read the book I think it is easily suitable for adults as well.  I really enjoyed reading it.

It's very much a coming of age story, the protagonist Yarvi has everything and then some stacked against his progression in the world.   When his father and brother are murdered he must abandon his dreams of stepping away from his royal life to become a minister and take the throne.  However through a series of betrayals he loses his newly acquired throne and swears a vow to regain it, whatever the cost.  He finds himself amongst a ragtag band of misfits and together they must overcome the odds.

At times, the story is very bleak.  I'm not sure there is actually anything which goes right for Yarvi but somehow Abercrombie manages to write it in a way that you don't feel like putting the book down and walking away.  You continue to root for Yarvi and to see his life become all that he wants it to be.  I think it helps that the story is quite snappy and short.  It is action-packed so you keep on turning the pages; there aren't any parts of the book which leave you wondering when you are going to get to the end which helps with this particular style of writing I think.

I read this book in two days; from the very first paragraph I was utterly hooked.  It is full of twists and turns that you absolutely don't see coming, the very last reveal on the final two pages of the book made me gasp out loud.  I was so absorbed in the pace of the story that I had completely overlooked some major facts which would have lead me to guess the twist and I love that.  Predictable books are so boring!

This is the first of a new series and I can't wait to read the rest when they come out.  I thought it was amazing which is why I'm excited to be able to offer one copy of the book to one of my readers.  Even if you've never read Joe Abercrombie before I would really recommend this book.  It definitely gets a rare 5 stars from me.

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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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62 comments:

  1. Richard Randall11 July 2014 at 12:14

    A thinker.

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  2. Thinker every time

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  3. keen thinker thankyou

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  4. A thinker with a cup of tea.

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  5. Keen Thinker xxx

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  6. Christopher Packer11 July 2014 at 15:11

    Thinker

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  7. I'm a lover not a fighter so it's a keen thinker for me.

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  8. A keen thinker that leads from front as a warrior

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  9. Thinker:)

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  10. A keen thinker would get me into less trouble I think.

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  11. A keen thinker

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  12. Debbie Patrick12 July 2014 at 10:23

    a keen thinker

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  13. Keen Thinker

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  14. Mummy on a Budget12 July 2014 at 21:54

    Think I'd be a keen thinker!

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  15. Wow, 5 stars! Ok, this is going on my to read on goodreads!

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  16. I'd be a warrior - out there fighting for whats mine!

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  17. rebecca beesley14 July 2014 at 23:24

    a thinker i guess but if that had said wOrrier - then that would definitely be me!

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  18. chantelle hazelden15 July 2014 at 07:43

    well now I need to know what happens in the end!!! thanks for linking up with #ReadWithMe I have pinned and tweeted this post x

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  19. Great review! I also reviewed this book. I really enjoyed it too. #ReadWithMe

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  20. keen thinker

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  21. Michelle Ferguson16 July 2014 at 20:35

    A keen thinker

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  22. I'm definitely a thinker - I run away from violence

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  23. Keen thinker!

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  24. a keen thinker x

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  25. Simon Harrington3 August 2014 at 21:29

    Thinker

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  26. Claire Thomson Little4 August 2014 at 02:31

    a warrior :)

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  27. A keen thinker x

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  28. a keen thinker

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  29. I think a keen thinker so I could get myself out of the fighting situation!

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  30. keen thinker :)

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  31. A keen thinker!

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  32. A thinker, I think

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  33. A keen thinker

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  34. Katherine Coldicott5 August 2014 at 10:44

    Thinker

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  35. Keen Thinker

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  36. A thinker xx

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  37. michelle muirhead6 August 2014 at 04:21

    A keen thinker

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  38. A Thinker

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  39. Keen thinker

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  40. a keen thinker

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  41. keen thinker!

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  42. Heather Scoggins6 August 2014 at 21:30

    A thinker

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  43. Keen thinker :-)

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  44. Barbara Handley7 August 2014 at 00:13

    Keen thinker

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  45. A keen thinker.

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  46. A keen thinker

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  47. keen thinker :)

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  48. Stephanie Burchatt7 August 2014 at 10:33

    Keen Thinker

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  49. A keen thinker

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  50. i would like to be Keen Thinker

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  51. A keen thinker.

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  52. A warrior.
    (sam fernley)

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