What I've been reading - Half a King by Joe Abercrombie* (and giveaway!)

I first stumbled across Joe Abercrombie this year, after reading a few of his short stories and liking the grittiness of them, he's a writer I'm growing familiar with, best known for his fantasy work filled with rogues, violence, swearing amongst other stuff.

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
I really like the cover for this book and if I saw it in a shop it is something I would go up to and have a look at. I'm really happy to see a map inside the cover, when I'm reading a fantasy novel being able to see the whereabouts of all the different places helps me keep track of things! 

Whilst reading Half a King I was also reading another one of Joe Abercrombie's books called Best Served Cold, it's really easy to see the differences between the audience of each books. Half a King is Joe Abercrombie's first YA book it's much shorter and fast paced, which is ideal for a younger audience but I did miss little details that adult books can have. 

Half a King is the first book in the Shattered Sea trilogy, it follows Yarvi the second born son of King Uthrik, with only one strong arm Yarvi finds it hard to fit into the world where valor with sword/axe is praised above most things, with no intention of ever becoming King he trains as a minister, that is until his father and brother are brought home dead and he is thrust onto a new path, and swears an oath to avenge his Father/Brother's murder. Due to twist and turns Yarvi finds himself on a slave ship, where he makes some unexpected friends/enemies who follow him on his journey back to Gettland and to help him fulfill his oath. 

Due to the story moving fast, Abercrombie doesn't waste any page, a downside to this is that characterisation is a little vague, some of the background of characters isn't explored as much as I would have like it to have been. On the upside, every page is filled with different twist and turns, it gets to the point and takes us on a gripping and interesting journey.  I am looking forward to the next book and I'm sure any Joe Abercrombie fans will not be disappointed with this book.

To find out more about Half a King you can view the trailer here and find the book on amazon here! 

I also have one copy of this book to giveaway to one of you, to enter just leave a comment with your email address and tell me what your favourite genre is and why by the 1st August!!

*This book was sent to me for reviewing purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
  1. My husband like Joe Abercrombie books but I've never read one myself.

    I don't tend to have a favourite genre but I tend to like dark themes with unhappy endings. I'm always disappointed when good triumphs evil (obviously this is only in fiction). I can't stand chick lit though.


  2. Ooh I've never heard of Joe Abercrombie before but I'm going to look into his stuff now. I love to read thrillers as they take me out of my life but are still set in a world that I can relate to. That being said I also read a lot of chick lit (when my brain isn't working), crime and general fiction too.

    Thanks for the giveaway hun!

    Jaq @ www.lazydaysbeauty.com

  3. I don't really have a favourite genre, the book I want to read depends completely on what I'm doing right now, as well as the weather! Currently reading some 'lighter' books as I've been reading A Game of Thrones and I needed a shorter book after that one, before I start the next in the series!

  4. Lovely review Hannah! I always like books with either a bit of mystery, or a bit of magic (or both!) so I read a lot of fantasy, crime and thriller-type books. xx

  5. Wow this book is right up my street! My favourite genre is a tie between fantasy and YA (I just can't decide which) and epic fantasies like this one are something I should really read more of :) I'm pretty sure I saw this book on one of my many excursions to the bookshop, it's a shame I didn't pick it up then!

    Love your reviews (especially book ones, I am a book lover myself)
    Alannah @ Kissing Winter

    (p.s my email is alannahsmileyface@gmail.com)


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