‘Grabbed me and refused to let go’ George R.R. Martin
SOMETIMES A GIRL IS TOUCHED BY MOTHER WAR
Thorn lives to fight. But she has been named murderer by the very man who trained her to kill.
SOMETIMES A GIRL BECOMES A WARRIOR
Fate traps her in the schemes of Father Yarvi, sending her across half the world to seek allies against the ruthless High King.
SOMETIMES A WARRIOR BECOMES A WEAPON
Beside her is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill. A failure in his eyes and hers, he has one chance at redemption.
AND WEAPONS ARE MADE FOR ONE PURPOSE
Must Thorn be a tool in other hands or can she carve her own path? Is there a place beyond legend for a woman with a blade?
'Grips like a bear hug, warms like a bear skin' Daily Mail
‘My favorite Abercrombie book yet’ Patrick Rothfuss
‘Enthralling. An up-all-night read’ Robin Hobb
‘Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work’ GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
‘Abercrombie writes fantasy like no one else’ Guardian
‘Another great tale from a master’ Sun
‘Joe Abercrombie is fast becoming my favourite writer.’ DEREK LANDY
‘A magnificent, captivating world.’ James Dashner of MAZE RUNNER
About the author
Joe Abercrombie was born in Lancaster on the last day of 1974, the son of an English teacher and a sociologist. He spent much of his youth in imaginary worlds, and left school with a good idea of how to make stuff up. He moved to the big city, learned to brew tea, and ended up as a TV editor, working on documentaries, events and concerts for bands from Iron Maiden to Coldplay. But in the darkness of the night he was still making stuff up, and his first book, The Blade Itself, was published in 2006. He now lives in Bath with his wife Lou and their three children Grace, Eve and Teddy and makes stuff up full-time.
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I am loving this series. These are the first books I've read of Joe Abercrombie and I'm so impressed with both his style and his thoughtful genius. How do you write an action/adventure/fantasy book with war and conquest as the background and still manage to ask the deep, difficult questions about violence and peace with such brutal honesty and clarity? Amazing.
Gripping stuff, start to finish. Couldn’t put it down !
Can’t wait to get into book 2.
A FABBO ADVENTURE!!!!!!!
Whilst it is not immediately apparent where this book sits in the context of a sequel to the unequivocally fabbo HALF A KING, patience definitely rewards the curious and before you know it, your mind and your memory are beginning to recognise major characters from book one and see their place in book two.
The writing in HALF THE WORLD seems more assured, and also appears to be more confident than book one. Which is a nonsense, of course, since Mr Abercrombie is one of the world’s top fantasy writers. But the fact remains that the story is more complex and certainly at the fifteen percentile mark of the kindle version, way more entertaining than the prequel. It is also easy to imagine the author having great fun as he writes. The characters are awesome, and some of the associated descriptions are laugh out loud funny. For example, taken from location 293 of the kindle version, we have: “’You’ve a visitor,’ said the key-keeper, a weighty lump of a woman with a dozen rattling chains about her neck and a face like a bag of axes.”
The first of many expected plot twists has occurred and i confess to revealing a smirk to the nearby passengers on my commute to work this morning. Who said it pays to be forthright with the truth? Certainly not Joe Abercrombie.
Part one of the book is brilliant. The plot twists and turns in ways unforeseen in many a blue moon (minus one or two lucky guesses on my part) and before you know it, you are on to part two. And then part three. And then ... Well, I think you get the picture. Talk about addictive!
This book is a huge advance on HALF A KING. It will be immensely satisfying to see how and when and where the different plot strands link together, but as they say in the classics, the fun is in the journey. And when Joe Abercrombie is driving the bus, you won’t want to miss a thing.
But like all fantasy series’es, whilst we all love a good cliffhanger, I for one hope we don't have to wait for too long to see how it all ends up. But in the meantime, I am happy and delighted to give full marks to this new age classic and massively exciting blockbuster fantasy release. And i can always pick up volume one again to see how it all began.