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Half a King

by Joe Abercrombie

Random House Publishing Group | July 15, 2014 | Hardcover

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"A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go."-George R. R. Martin

"I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath."

 
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.
 
The deceived will become the deceiver.
 
Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.
 
The betrayed will become the betrayer.
 
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.
 
Will the usurped become the usurper?
 
But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds that his path may end as it began-in twists, and traps, and tragedy.

Advance praise for Half a King
 
"Half a King is my favorite book by Joe Abercrombie so far, and that's saying something."-Patrick Rothfuss
 
"As in all Abercrombie's books, friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect. With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure."-Rick Riordan
 
"Enthralling! An up-all-night read."-Robin Hobb
 
"Polished and sharp, perhaps his most technically proficient novel yet . . . I dare you to read the first chapter and try not to turn the next page."-Brent Weeks
 
"Half a King can be summed up in a single word: masterpiece. It's a coming-of-age story. It's a Viking saga. It's a revenge tale and family drama and the return of the prodigal son. But most of all, it's this: a short time alongside people as weak and blundering as we are and, in the midst of it all, as heroic. Far too short a time, as it turns out. What a wonderful book."-Myke Cole
 
"Half a King is full of all the adventure I've come to expect from Abercrombie and a tenderness I never knew he had."-Sam Sykes

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.76 × 2.54 × 0.43 in

Published: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0804178321

ISBN - 13: 9780804178327

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Half a King

by Joe Abercrombie

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.76 × 2.54 × 0.43 in

Published: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0804178321

ISBN - 13: 9780804178327

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The Greater Good There was a harsh gale blowing on the night Yarvi learned he was a king. Or half a king, at least. A seeking wind, the Gettlanders called it, for it found out every chink and keyhole, moaning Mother Sea’s dead chill into every dwelling, no matter how high the fires were banked or how close the folk were huddled. It tore at the shutters in the narrow windows of Mother Gundring’s chambers and rattled even the iron--bound door in its frame. It taunted the flames in the firepit and they spat and crackled in their anger, casting clawing shadows from the dried herbs hanging, throwing flickering light upon the root that Mother Gundring held up in her knobbled fingers. “And this?” It looked like nothing so much as a clod of dirt, but Yarvi had learned better. “Black--tongue root.” “And why might a minister reach for it, my prince?” “A minister hopes they won’t have to. Boiled in water it can’t be seen or tasted, but is a most deadly poison.” Mother Gundring tossed the root aside. “Ministers must sometimes reach for dark things.” “Ministers must find the lesser evil,” said Yarvi. “And weigh the greater good. Five right from five.” Mother Gundring gave a single approving nod and Yarvi flushed with pride. The approval of Gettland’s minister was not easily won. “And the riddles on the test will be easier.” “The test.” Yarvi rubbed
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"A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go."-George R. R. Martin

"I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath."

 
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.
 
The deceived will become the deceiver.
 
Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.
 
The betrayed will become the betrayer.
 
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.
 
Will the usurped become the usurper?
 
But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds that his path may end as it began-in twists, and traps, and tragedy.

Advance praise for Half a King
 
"Half a King is my favorite book by Joe Abercrombie so far, and that's saying something."-Patrick Rothfuss
 
"As in all Abercrombie's books, friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect. With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure."-Rick Riordan
 
"Enthralling! An up-all-night read."-Robin Hobb
 
"Polished and sharp, perhaps his most technically proficient novel yet . . . I dare you to read the first chapter and try not to turn the next page."-Brent Weeks
 
"Half a King can be summed up in a single word: masterpiece. It's a coming-of-age story. It's a Viking saga. It's a revenge tale and family drama and the return of the prodigal son. But most of all, it's this: a short time alongside people as weak and blundering as we are and, in the midst of it all, as heroic. Far too short a time, as it turns out. What a wonderful book."-Myke Cole
 
"Half a King is full of all the adventure I've come to expect from Abercrombie and a tenderness I never knew he had."-Sam Sykes

About the Author

Joe Abercrombie is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Country and the First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. He spent ten years as a freelance film editor, but is now a full-time writer who lives in Bath, England, with his wife, two daughters, and son.

Editorial Reviews

Advance praise for Half a King
 
"A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go."-George R. R. Martin
 
"Half a King is my favorite book by Joe Abercrombie so far, and that's saying something."-Patrick Rothfuss
 
"As in all Abercrombie's books, friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect. With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure."-Rick Riordan
 
"Enthralling! An up-all-night read."-Robin Hobb
 
"Polished and sharp, perhaps his most technically proficient novel yet . . . I dare you to read the first chapter and try not to turn the next page."-Brent Weeks
 
"Half a King can be summed up in a single word: masterpiece. It's a coming-of-age story. It's a Viking saga. It's a revenge tale and family drama and the return of the prodigal son. But most of all, it's this: a short time alongside people as weak and blundering as we are and, in the midst of it all, as heroic. Far too short a time, as it turns out. What a wonderful book."-Myke Cole
 
"Half a King is full of all the adventure I've come to expect from Abercrombie and a tenderness I never knew he had."-Sam Sykes
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