[Book Review] Half the World

Half the World (Shattered Sea #2) / Joe Abercrombie (Powell's Books)

Thorn is a girl touched by Mother War in a kingdom of men who raid and pillage and women keep the home.  Proud, aggressive, prickly and impetuous, she ends up with two choices, serve Father Yarvi in his machinations or face execution for murder.  Can she grow beyond an anger-fueled youth into a skilled warrior.  And can her country stand against the threat of war against half the world?


Half the World continues the story told in Half a King, in a gritty coming-of-age tale set in an unforgiving world.  Thorn is driven and complex, playing a part in a larger game as she literally fights her way to the top of a man's world.  Yarvi exists as a cunning mind, almost alien in the violent blood lust stirring around him.  Brand believes almost too much in doing the right thing.  Half the World does not pander to the reader, diving right in as the characters claw themselves through obstacles with determination borne of desperation.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of NetGalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.

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