Half a king is the kind of book that creeps up on you gradually painting a picture of kingdoms and slavery and backstabbing until you think this is basically another fantasy set in the comfort zone of the genre and then it hits you hard when you least expect it i kid you not there were three huge twists in this book. However half a king feels ultimately like half an abercrombie book a lot of the grit has been washed away from the story grit that made abercrombie a hit not that long ago with the first law and while i would certainly recommend half a king to young adults rather than that other series i would still hold that first trilogy as the better. Half a king is another page turner from britains hottest young fantasist a fast paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go george rr martin author of a game of thrones joe abercrombie is fast becoming my favourite writer. But when his father and brother are murdered by grom gil gorm king of neighboring vansterland yarvi is forced to take the black chair and become king himself or half a king at least swear an oath of vengeance against the killers of his father and lead a raid against the vanstermen. Half a king has created characters and a world that could and should become legendary a coming of age story of a young and reluctant would be king half a king follows the journey of one young man whose deformity makes him the object of tauntingly cruel laughter and the ugliness of those who cannot accept someone who is different
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