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Half the World Audio CD – February 3, 2015
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About the Author
Joe Abercrombie is the author of Red Country and the First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. He is a full-time writer and freelance film editor.
- Publisher : Recorded Books, Inc. and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (February 3, 2015)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1664422951
- ISBN-13 : 978-1664422957
- Item Weight : 14 ounces
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This is the second book in The Shattered Sea trilogy which is a Viking political fantasy.This isnt told from the perspective of Yarvi, like the first book. But Yarvi is a strong side character in this. Instead. this is told from the perspective of two warriors, Throne and Brand. Brand is the kinder, gentler one out of the two. Throne is an outcast because she is a female warrior in a Male dominated society. In a world divided, Yarvi is trying to secure alliances to unify against the high king and recruits Brand and Thorn to go by his side. This adventure takes us all over as we learn and explore more in this world.
The odds are constantly stacked against Thorn because she is not what everyone expects her to be as a female in society, but she stays true to herself. This book bleeds female power and energy. Thorn learns to fight and becomes deadly.
It isn't just Thorn that conveys this female energy though. Brand's sister is a highly proficient blacksmith. The most proficient fighter in the whole book happens to be female. The majority of the most powerful people in this book are female. I love the suddle nature that this is conveyed as a natural flow to the book. The female power is never forced upon you, or up in your face. Instead, it's just natural to encounter well respected, powerful females.
This book is perfectly paced and I found myself way more into this book than the first book, Half a King. This added so many new elements and expanded this world. But Half a King had something this didn't. A large plot twist that swept me off my feet. While the ending of this made perfect sense, it didnt blow me away like the first book did. I still really loved this book though and can't wait to continue with the last book in this series.
I was hooked from the beginning, but by page 100, I really had "young hero deja vu." The master trains the student using all sorts of wacky methods, the student takes a beating, while learning the deadly skills needed to survive. I was just about to start skimming... when the book became great. The characters gained depth, the pacing evened out, the prose was full of wisdom, the themes of the book became stronger, and the action, intrigue, and suspense greatly increased. For a while, I thought I was reading a David Gemmell book... then remembered this was one of Joe's. This may be Joe's best written book.
If you were enjoyed Half a King, you should continue the series, because it picks up nicely.
Some criticisms: I didn't get a physical description of Thorn until around page 120. I still don't know the color of her hair... but she does have Half a Hair-Style. When I visualized the book, I used Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) from The 100. Strangely, every other character has a physical description.
Thorn becoming a warrior was uneven at first, then paid off later.
All of the characters have depth, and their past experiences have shaped who they have become.
The action is very well written, and you'll feel the axe blades splitting shields as well as heads.
In the past, Joe Abercrombie's books contained grit for the sake of grit: Mud, poop, puke, snot, blood, etc...
This book contains more meaningful mud, poop, puke, snot, blood, etc...
When the pace picks up, this book is really hard to put down.
If you enjoyed this book and you're already a fan of Joe Abercrombie, definitely check out Sword in the Storm or Legend from David Gemmell or Blood Song from Anthony Ryan.
Top reviews from other countries
Firstly, I liked how we were thrown straight into the action from the very first page and introduced to 2 brand new characters who would then be the main characters of the story. These being Brand and Thorn. Out of the 2, I personally preferred Thorn. But like I say, they were both strong characters.
We also had the characters from Half a King as this is the sequel which I liked. Father Yarvi is another favourite of mine.
But, one thing I did not like was the constant suttle references to the first book and the characters from there. Yes, once or twice is a nice bit of nostalgia, but it got very repetitive and irritating. Also, we meet a character from the first book when they are 'half the world' away from home. The Shattered Sea very much felt like a village rather than a world. Abercrombie is very good at introducing new characters and putting them into the story. So I don't know why he felt the need to bring back old ones. We don't meet the Empress of the South in the first book, and she is a new character in this, and I feel is one of the strongest characters in the trilogy so far. She was very interesting and made me want to read more about her.
But that is my only negative about this book. The rest was brilliant. The action scenes in particular were extremely well written and exciting. And the dialogue was very realistic. Especially the more philosophical parts of the ministers.
Overall a good 4* read. Very enjoyable and I look forward to the final book in the trilogy, Half a War.
Then came Half the World. Combining Abercrombie’s dark wit, visceral combat and heart poundingly engaging characters with the tighter narrative perspective that the Shattered Sea is known for. We are fixed in two characters’ perspectives, each taking their first steps into a world. This may be the most complete of any of Abercrombie’s novels, ticking every box a reader could want while staying tight and true.
I cannot recommend it enough.
Already mentioned in my review of a Half a King, Abercrombie weaves the most wonderful of characters: deep personalities; hugely believable interactions; interesting back stories. These continues into Half the World and, if anything, accelerates, especially with the character of Thorn Bathu. Thrown together with a crew and sent across the world, we gain fabulous insights into the motivations of the shipmates and have a good laugh with them.
Again, my only criticism is that it is derivative: enjoyable but derivative. I'd love to know more about the legacy of the Elves, or the nature of Skrijr, the sensei grandmother. Is it really going to be a few kings and their ministers in a handbags at dawn slap-a-thon or will it fly off into other realms? I'll certainly finish the trilogy but I am almost begging the author to take his character creation skills and pour them into a mind-blowing plot, such at the Malazan book of the Fallen or some of the Riftwar novels. Such a casting could really break the mould and produce something truly mesmerising.
Fleecy Moss, author of the Folio 55 scifi fantasy series (writing as Nia Sinjorina), End of a Girl, Undon , and 4659 now available on Amazon.
His first trilogy (with additional novels like 'the heroes') was brilliant, and I would definitely recommend it. However as he seemingly churns out more and more books, the abercrombie formula becomes more clear. Establish three characters with a defining trait - selfishness, cowardice, bloodlust etc. And slowly over the course of the novel have them revert to the opposite end of the spectrum. Its not bad storytelling, and his writing style is still OK to read. But I feel that his novels become very predictable and perhaps the dialogue is a little bit cringey in places. The strength of this formula depends entirely on the characters created and this trilogy of books (half a war, half a king etc.) Have less interesting characters than previous novels. I'll always keep an eye out for Joe abercrombies next release, but this book was the one to ensure that I won't ever just blindly buy his books based on his name alone.
None of those accusations can be levelled at Half the World. The writing is exemplary, the fight scenes in particular are outstanding, dropping you right into the visceral, terrifying action. Again, I think these are the best he's yet written (and he's written a lot of fight scenes!) It also managed to surprise me in a few key places, signposting the story in one direction, only to whisk you off somewhere else at the last minute.
Abercrombie also does that great and rare thing of showing you believable, compelling character growth. That's perhaps less remarkable in his usual 600+ page epics, but Half the World is significantly shorter than that (I think a large font must account for the 500 page count!).
One detail that stood out for me and made me cheer is that finally Abercrombie has given us a female warrior who menstruates, and has to deal with that as well as everything else. Hallelujah! How overdue is that?
I am also hugely impressed with him because – without anyone seeming to have particularly noticed, he's just casually slipped under the radar a tough, gritty, violent fantasy novel in which more than half the important characters are female. They cover a variety of roles, characters and professions: a Queen, an Empress, a blacksmith, a warrior, various ministers - and not a single one of them could be described as remotely weak, ineffectual or irrelevant (the sexy lamp).
Joe Abercrombie, you're my hero. Give us more of this please?