The story was a bit predictable but it did have a mix of action and intrigue, and a few twists and turns that kept the pages turning. It was so fresh and entertaining and totally kept me captivated. Why didn't you tell me to read this sooner??? He finds companions to share with, he finds friends to trust. 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. As luck with have it he ends up being king after his father and brother are killed. Take the best of both worlds, like the easy, engaging and action-packed fast pace of the former and the elegant writing style of the latter, and you have Half a King, which is Full of Awesome. When something unexpected happens, Yarvi is later thrown into a world he didn't ever think about.
I really liked Yarvi as a main character because he managed to turn his empathy, patience, and wit into weapons instead of relying on brute strength. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath. I spent a lot of time smirking and a lot of time loving Yarvi. Without these allusions to the past, there is no magic in this novel: nothing to keep it from being a tale about a one-handed Viking prince back in the Middle Ages. Only people, doing their best.
Then they walk through snow and complain about being caught and I snoozed just a little. Abercrombie creates a fantasy world that is somewhat neo-Viking, set around the Shattered Sea the Baltic and North Atlantic? But old scores run deep as ever. The first held little interesting scenes and turned out to be quite banal for nothing surprising happened. I spent a lot of time smirking and a lot of time loving Yarvi. The story itself focuses on Yarvi, the second son of King Uthrik and Queen Laithlin of Gettland, who is born into a Viking-like world where physical strength and honor in battle define manhood.
But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. It's fantasy - the way fantasy should be. Samael a slave girl on the ship is the best navigator and friend Yarvi could have. They say her word is valued higher than gold among merchants, because gold may go down in worth but her word never does. The author is also a master of dialogue.
When I began reading I was so shocked at the complete change in style, complexity and quality. It had some epic twists at the end an Oh that was deliciously hilarious. Yarvi swears vengeance but soon finds he has as many enemies in his own court as he has in rival kingdoms! Early the next morning, as the army leaves the smoldering heaps and mounts their ships to head out to avenge the injustice; Yarvi makes a serious, unbreakable oath to avenge his father and brother. I'm not even gonna go into what the book is about because I accidentally read a spoiler in a review when I started reading it that wasn't marked and I don't want to do that to anybody. But, all in all, minor things. Yeah, simply said, his craft is undeniably excellent. 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.
Prince Yarvi is born with a crippled hand and will not let himself or the reader forget that he is therefore half a man because he can't even hold a shield. Yarvi was starting to get nervous when Nothing smiled. While he had been learning how to mend wounds these boy-these men, he realized with a sour taste in his mouth-had put all their efforts into learning how to make them. Perhaps Yarvi will be more resolute and enigmatic as time goes on. I swear on sun-oat and a moon-oath.
As luck with have it he ends up being king after his father and brother are killed. I didn't ask for half a hand. From the twisted, devious mind that brought you such characters as Sand Dan Glokta and Logen Ninefingers comes a tale of courage, redemption and friendship. While obviously adjusted for the genre, this is still an ending in keeping with the tone of Abercrombie's darker work that drives home the point that this is a brutal world filled with flawed characters. It wasn't very dark, in my opinion, but I won't say it wasn't. I don't want to spoil anything else, but read this book.
And honestly, someone that can make me feel that way is a fucking master. I honestly think this is tame compared to the other dark fantasy I have read, but its a good starting point if you want to read dark fantasy. I definitely recommend this if you like any kind of fantasy books! Prince Yarvi briefly reigns over the kingdom of Gettland when his father and brother die, but he's betrayed and abruptly descends from the throne to abject slavery. Now, there is nothing wrong with Mr. The baffling, yet catchy: This book seals it: Joe Abercrombie is the Kanye West of fantasy. Oh, I'm still a grouch, and there's a good chance that you might like the books that I've spurned, but Half a King exists on an entirely different playing field. But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi learns that his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.
I'd likely have liked this better if I'd not read Prince of Thorns first as Half a King is a pale imitation by comparison. On the plus side this was definitely a lot better than the awful Abercrombie novellas I read in the and anthologies. The story and journey are amazing. And he must do it all with only one good hand. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.