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Review | Half a King | Joe Abercrombie

Born with one good hand, Prince Yarvi is the second son of a King and destined for a quiet, religious life. When his father and older brother are unexpectedly killed, Yarvi finds himself heir to the Black Chair

What I liked

✅ One of the best YA books I've ever read — leaves everything good about YA while shunning the typical tropes, pitfalls and shortcuts

✅ Abercrombie's writing is just fantastic, he consistently writes damn good books

✅ Wide, well-developed cast of characters — a likeable, unique (not super powerful) fantasy protagonist and realistically written women

✅ Clever, fast-paced, action-packed and enthralling

✅ For such a short book, it provides a great amount of world-building

What I didn't like

✖ Okay, so I'm not a fan of the continued "half" references

✖ At 80,000 words it is a little rushed — Yarvi rises and falls and rises again a little too quickly — could have easily added another 10,000 words.

✖ At times, lacking depth and the element of surprise

To consider

➖ This is well and truly a YA book written for ages 12 to 16 — if you're expecting something like the Last Argument, you won't like it.


4.5/5 🌟

Genre: fantasy, YA

Verdict: Recommended

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