Half A War

Half A War

Book - 2015
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Praise for Joe Abercrombie's Half a King "A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go."--George R. R. Martin "Tremendously entertaining. lightning-fast and filled with a wonderful collection of rogues, villains and two-faced bastards. From the first chapter [Abercrombie] wastes no time as the reader is swept up in a gripping tale of betrayal and revenge."--SciFi Now "Once this plot has its teeth in you, it will not let go. Abercrombie's masterly storytelling means that everything, from the characters you come to love and despise to the sprawling world that is explored, is enthralling."--Fantasy Book Review Half the World "An excellent page-turner. full of drama and energy."--New York Daily News "Another entertaining burst of battle, magic and political machinations from the always reliable Joe Abercrombie. a thoroughgoing blast, a violent, beautiful rabbit hole of craft that is well worth disappearing into."--Shelf Awareness "Compelling. [Thorn] makes Katniss Everdeen look like Dorothy Gale."--Chicago Tribune"--
"New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie delivers the stunning conclusion to the epic fantasy trilogy that began with Half a King, praised by George R. R. Martin as "a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go." Words are weapons. Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. If she is to reclaim her birthright, she must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge. Only half a war is fought with swords. The deeply cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king's minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head--a man who worships only Death. Sometimes one must fight evil with evil. Some--like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith--are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others--like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver--would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her irons wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness.
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780804178457
0804178453
Characteristics: 366 pages ; 25 cm

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isaachar
Jun 22, 2017

The final book in the Shattered Sea trilogy has Yarvi and the surviving members of his group take on the Grandmother Wexen and the realm of the High King. The 'big reveal' of the series happens around the middle of the book, and it's a brilliant twist. I 'suspected' something like this might be the case, but after it was revealed, it left me hoping Abercrombie writes more books in this 'world'. Will there be a war with Jaroslav? If this is happening in the kingdoms of the Shattered Sea, whats happening in the rest of the world? We see how the 'elves' wiped themselves out (not spoiling), but how did the world forget who the 'elves' were? The author leaves a lot of room for another book, or even another trilogy. Hopefully he returns to the series someday.

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MillieBT
Jul 09, 2016

Finished this trilogy..a few surprises ...otherwise excellent

mvkramer Dec 14, 2015

If I had read this book on its own, without reading the first two, I probably would have rated it higher. It's still good, but I just wasn't as invested in the characters as I was in the first two books.

DevilStateDan Nov 17, 2015

Finishing this one makes me a little sad as there's only two @lordgrimdark books left for me to read… I hope he's about to enter several years of frantic output!
This one was a beaut end to an outstanding #SwordsAndScorcery fantasy trilogy & written with excellent pace & solid characters. He writes action so well that I found myself wanting more battle scenes & more duelling - but that just would've detracted from the great plot & characters in all their flawed beauty! Abercrombie is right up there as one of the best & most rewarding finds of my #2015ReadingChallenge

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misterwisp
Oct 07, 2015

This is a satisfying ending to the trilogy. The war with the High King the two previous books were building to finally erupts onto center stage. All the main characters from the previous two books are back in some capacity and a couple new ones are introduced. The tone is consistent with the previous two books in being not as overtly grim dark as the author's other works outside this series. He writes characters really well and is good as giving a sense of consequences of choices made and the struggle of knowing what the right choice is when all your options would seemly lead to bad outcomes or giving something up. You really get a sense of how some characters don't know how to go forward yet they have to go forward anyway and you see the effect that has on them. Its all good, if you like the previous two books this one should also satisfy. The previous book had a romance aspect in the young love between Brand and Thorn which while I thought it was depicted in a believable way was also kind of a cliche and a little annoying. Fortunately that element is absent this time around and the focus is more on the action of the war.

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chaponniere
Feb 23, 2017

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andreareads
Nov 30, 2016

Violence: Violence, and the consequences of violence, run throughout the book.

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Nov 30, 2016

Raith saw knuckles white on sword hilts, heard the scrape as Soryorn eased his knife free of its sheath. He could smell the violence coming, far worse than he’d planned on. But there’s violence for you. It rarely keeps to the patch you mark out for it.

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