Started last night, already interested in the main characters.
So in the previous trilogySpoiler:
But I don't want any spoilers on it, just something I noticed.
I've actually never read a Joe Abercrombie book so I'm excited. Reading officially begins tomorrow, please cover up spoilers until the 7th.
I still don't have a theme for next month so if anyone has any suggestions or ideas please let me know. The following month is most likely going to be a runners up month with the past 5 second place finishers as choices. And as always, any complaints, suggestions, whatever, please let me know.
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand. The deceived will become the deceiver. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge. The betrayed will become the betrayer. 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. Will the usurped become the usurper? But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds that his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy
Does this tie into another trilogy? Don't want to click the spoilers, reading it tomorrow.
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Oh shit I've been waiting for a new Abercrombie book. I was hoping for another in the First Law setting but this'll do.
BTW his plan was to have the whole trilogy out within about a year. 6 month gaps. And apparently he's up doing well with the schedule. This is talking about the 3rd book.
Anyway, this year’s big clutch of events is behind me, and though I’ve got a couple of much smaller commitments, the next three months are largely clear to get a full first draft of Half a War together, so I can spend December doing the heavy lifting of rewriting the first half of the book and have a decent, coherent second draft by the end of the year. That should leave ample time to get the book out by its planned publication in July 2015. Such is the hope, anyway.
"Well, that was it. But I won't stop. I won't give up. Because when I look at what is happening in the world, I know that now, more than ever, ...we need to be all that we can be. Now, more than ever, ...we need the Jedi."
Read it before the book club vote started. It was ok, although with the YA part of it just being no sex I rolled my eyes pretty hard.
The font size was pretty large for a hardback. Makes the size of the book deceptive. He killed characters with a vengeance just as I was getting to like them and wanted to see them develop more sadly. Ending was damn good because it sorta defied convention yet also wasn't overly heroic or tragic. I am excited for the rest of the trilogy because it is so well crafted, and viking style fantasy hasn't gotten much literary treatment.
Swords of Good Men by a genuine Nordic motherfucker. Dude's name is Snorri Kristjansson for Christ's sake, that's viking as fuck. It's supposed to be pretty good too. Maybe I'll read that after my current book, Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence. Which features a Viking badass named Snorri=P
Finished this yesterday via Audible and thought it was pretty good. The only thing though was since I listened to it vice reading it, I have no idea how to spell any of the character's names (sans Yarvi from above).
Finished this in two nights. As said by others, good read but his Bloody Nine books were much better. Not really much to discuss here sadly.
I found the ending kind of disappointing. All this build up of Yarvi depussifying himself just to go LOL JK right at the end. And the idea that Nothing/Uthril(or whatever) wold consider executing his nephew after everything that had happened? Felt pretty artificial to me. Other than that it was good, but I felt a bit let down.
I did like the style, maybe I will have to read his other books now.
He spent the entire book showing you that Nothing was not just the best fighter around, but also unhinged. He spent 20 years or whatever wanting his rightful throne and he was a half-crazy master swordsman, he was absolutely prepared to kill Yarvi if needed.
Yarvi stopped being a whiner, he didn't become a macho idiot who was going to throw his life away for a throne he never really wanted anyways. He got exactly what he wanted all along, he's the adviser guy to the throne. He won. He wasn't a particularly good person(Abercrombie book), but he got everything he could have realistically hoped for.
I am sure he was prepared to do whatever he had to do, that dude had a hard life. It just seems fake when he was the entire impetus not only behind Nothing's escape, but him regaining his crown. Within moments it went from Yarvi basically winning the throne back for him and kneeling before him/acknowledging his claim to the throne to "I guess we have to kill him now because someone said words".
I'm probably making a bigger deal than it is, the whole "SURPRISE MOTHERFUCKER!" that Nothing pulled at the end felt pretty lame to me, and I really didn't like it, so when right after that they are debating Yarvi's execution after all of the shit that came before, I just couldn't buy it.
I believe this series is targeted at young adults, hence the large print. I liked it. I saw the surprise coming but still enjoyed it.
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