Half A King
By: Joe Abercrombie
“Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted.
But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy…”
High fantasy series can be very hit or miss. Most series have a similar story structure with similar conflicts and similar characters. I like the familiarity of the genre and don’t mind a little repetitiveness so long as the characters are well written and the story is engaging. After the first couple of chapters of Half a King, I thought this series was going to be a dud. Abercrombie’s writing style is a little clunky and the main character was incredibly unlikable. I decided to stick with it until at least halfway through the book and was glad that I did. By chapter 10, the story did a 180, raising the stakes and thrusting the once unlikable character into a conflict that would mold him into a stronger person.