Half the World

Half the World

Book - 2015
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"New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie's thrilling new series continues in the follow-up to Half a King, which George R. R. Martin hailed as "a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go." Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior. She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland's deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit. Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon. Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption. And weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path? Praise for Joe Abercrombie's Half a King "Half a King is my favorite book by Joe Abercrombie so far, and that's saying something."--Patrick Rothfuss "As in all Abercrombie's books, friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect. With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure."--Rick Riordan "Enthralling! An up-all-night read."--Robin Hobb "Polished and sharp, perhaps his most technically proficient novel yet. I dare you to read the first chapter and try not to turn the next page."--Brent Weeks "Half a King can be summed up in a single word: masterpiece. It's a coming-of-age story. It's a Viking saga. It's a revenge tale and family drama and the return of the prodigal son. But most of all, it's this: a short time alongside people as weak and blundering as we are and, in the midst of it all, as heroic. Far too short a time, as it turns out. What a wonderful book."--Myke Cole "Half a King is full of all the adventure I've come to expect from Abercrombie and a tenderness I never knew he had."--Sam Sykes"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. Edition
ISBN: 9780804178426
0804178429
9780804178440
Branch Call Number: SF Abercrombie, J 200.2 2015
Characteristics: 366 pages : map ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: 1/2 the world

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MillieBT
Jul 06, 2016

Excellent just as good as Half a King

mvkramer Oct 05, 2015

In this volume, the story shifts away from Yarvi, crippled prince turned cunning royal minister, to newcomers Thorn and Brand. And, while I loved Yarvi, I have to say I really enjoyed Thorn. A girl who has spent her whole life trying to be a warrior in the face of her town's scorn, Thorn is prickly, violent, and has no social skills. When she accidentally kills a man in training, and Brand speaks up for her, both are saved by Yarvi and brought into his schemes. This book has a lot going for it - female warriors, quests, political scheming, excitement and exotic locales. A quick and compelling read!

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misterwisp
Aug 10, 2015

It's good! Strong writing and unique characters in a grim fantasy world that doesn't rely too heavily on magic add up to a satisfying experience. Joe Abercrombie once again demonstrates his ability to write distinct well realized characters and build an interesting world that puts a different spin on familiar fantasy elements. The action scenes are articulated well and you can easily picture what is going on. The writer does a good job of telling the story of the characters while also dropping hints that setup the larger conflict that is brewing in the background which I suspect will erupt in the next book. The viewpoint characters are new in this one but Father Yarvi and other characters from the previous book are still present. You just see them from an outsiders perspective. The new characters are two younger warriors of Gettland who are still coming up in the world. They are teenagers so there are familiar coming of age elements in their arcs. In that sense this book is a little more predictable and straightforward then the previous one. But it's still satisfying to see strong characters finding their life path and the third book is nicely set up. Easy to read and enjoyable without being dumbed down or cliched.

DevilStateDan Aug 05, 2015

I'm now a huge fan of Joe Abercrombie - his action sequences are very well paced & gruesomely effective, his characters are beautifully flawed &/or troubled & his language use & writing style is great. These books are a great way in to his fantasy world, first seen in The Blade Itself & is a good option for young adults to explore his writing, but start with book 1 - 'Half A King'
This is a great sequel & I'm eagerly awaiting the final book in the trilogy! #ABookPublishedThisYear
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finn75
May 10, 2015

Brilliant. Cant' wait for the next installment

KateHillier Mar 23, 2015

I do believe I enjoyed this one more than the first one. This is also very different in feel and in writing than the first one. Where "Half a King" felt a lot like it was being spoken aloud and reminded me of sagas, "Half the World" almost felt like the first book in a series and was a different way of telling the hero's tale that was told in the first book.

Thorn is a fighter but she is a girl, which if a bit problematic. Her daring ends up with her being named a murderer and is this close to being killed herself when she swears an oath to now Father Yarvi to do whatever he needs if only he'll decide that she lives. Be very careful what you wish for and be careful who you swear oaths too and what they are. Yarvi was our protagonist from "Half a King" but getting a look at him from outside of his point of view you get a much different man. Very, very compelling.

Thorn goes off on a journey with Yarvi and his crew, familiar faces from "Half a King" and a few new ones and learns a whole lot during the near year long journey as Yarvi tries to gain allies in a way against the High King.

There's a little bit of everything here, lots of women who are really strong and fighters in many different ways, but also a fair smattering of brave and fighting men in many different ways as well. I'm glad I decided to continue with this series.

JCLGreggW Feb 23, 2015

The second in Joe Abercrombie's "Shattered Sea" series picks up a few years after the first, with the continuing quest of Yarvi - now a minister - to find allies for his tiny kingdom, struggling against the tide of bloodthirsty nations from seemingly all sides. Here, it requires a journey, struggling up both rivers and mountains and back to a faraway empire for help. Along for the ride are Thorn, a young woman with a sword and a never-ending reservoir of vengeance, and Brand, a young man who wants glory on the battlefield but finds out the costs required aren't usually sung about over the campfire. Abercrombie has a gift for memorable characters, whip-smart dialogue, and cinematic action sequences, as well as Yarvi's diplomatic twists and turns, and fans will not be disappointed. (Newcomers need to read the excellent and delightful HALF A KING!)

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Nov 09, 2016

Heresy and progress often look much alike.

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Nov 09, 2016

He was one of those handsome men who fancies himself more handsome than he is . . .

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andreareads
Nov 09, 2016

“Vengeance only walks a circle. From blood, back to blood. Death waits for us all. You can follow your path to her bent under a burden of rage. I did, for many years. You can let it poison you.” He took a long breath, and let it sigh away. “Or you can let it go. Be well . . .”

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andreareads
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. . . I have heard it said enemies are the price of success.

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Violence: fights and battle scenes

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