Best known for his no-holds-barred, blood-and-dirt beneath the fingernails Sword and Sorcery of his First Law Trilogy and associated novels, Joe Abercrombie has tried something different this time out. But not too different.
The Shattered Sea Trilogy is technically Abercrombie’s first foray into YA territory, but you’ll really only notice if you squint. There may be fewer F-bombs, but there’s just as many blood sprays and unforgiving betrayals.
Half A King, the first novel in the Shattered Sea Trilogy is a tale of young Prince Yarvi, who born with a crippled hand, has vowed to regain a throne has has never wanted, and take revenge upon those who have betrayed him and his family. No less than George R. R. Martin has given these books his glowing seal of approval.
Half A King and each of the subsequent books (Half The World and Half A War) truly satisfy as stand alone novels, but with interconnecting characters and the underlying momentum of Yarvi’s oaths, also create a compelling epic when read as a trilogy.
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