Saturday, May 23, 2015

Review of Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Author:  Joe Abercrombie.
Title:  Half a King.
Publisher:  Del Rey.
Copyright:  2014.
Pages:  346.
Price:  $15.00 (US)

Overview and Impressions:
I liked Half a King.  Joe Abercrombie has a gift for writing.  I wish I could compose prose as well as he does.  The novel is set on a Viking Prince named Yarvi.  Yarvi is a cripple who's studying to become a minister of the gods.  He's on his way to take the take test when fate intervenes.

Yarvi's father and older brother are killed.  His mother, the Queen of Gettenland, forces him to become King.  Yarvi is betrayed by his uncle and cousin.  The story then gets into high gear as Yarvi survives slavery and eventually gets his revenge.  There are many twists and turns along the way.  I don't want to give away anything else.  Half a King is a fast read.  Recommend for fantasy readers.

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