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.


Rating

4.5/5 🌟


Genre: fantasy, YA


Verdict: Recommended

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I love everything about books: reading, reviewing, analysing, and writing. I also love adventures.

 

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