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Half the World (Shattered Sea) (utgåvan 2015)

av Joe Abercrombie (Författare)

Serier: Shattered Sea (2)

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8806018,046 (4.08)27
"New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie's thrilling new series continues in the follow-up to Half a King, which George R. R. Martin hailed as "a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go." Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior. She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland's deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit. Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon. Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption. And weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path? Praise for Joe Abercrombie's 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"-- "Set in the same world as Half a King, Half a World follows a new protagonist, Thorn, a fifteen-year-old girl in training for the king's army. But even as she's learning the ways of war, she's also growing up...and falling in love for the first time"--… (mer)
Medlem:Moore31
Titel:Half the World (Shattered Sea)
Författare:Joe Abercrombie (Författare)
Info:Del Rey (2015), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
Samlingar:Library
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Taggar:to-read, own

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Half the World av Joe Abercrombie

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Argh. Can't tell if Joe Abercrombie wrote this other than the fight scenes. Some of the worst, ham-fisted "love" plot crap I've ever read. The resolution of which reminded me of junior high school. The rest of the plot was just about as utterly predictable and plodding. Skim, skim, skim ahhh fight scene.

Of course I'll read the next one. Everyone has a miss now and then. Hope for a return to real dark fantasy soon. ( )
  tedyang | Oct 28, 2020 |
Tenía apartada esta saga de Abercrombie. Su primer libro, medio rey, me pareció bueno, pero es que éste es excelente. La traducción es buenísima, a pesar de que diga muchas veces la palabra "astucioso", pero se perdona porque es un libro complicado de traducir.
Empezando con muchas ganas el final de la trilogía, y ya con pena de que se acabe ( )
  Eapendergast | Sep 29, 2020 |
My first experience of Joe Abercrombie was when I read 'Half A King', the first book in 'The Shattered Sea' series. The publisher's blurb lead me to expect a sort of 'Game Of Thrones' without the dragons or the nudity. What I got was something much better, a twisty plot, a complex, crippled main character and text that gripped from the first page. At the time I said:

'Half A King' is filled with violence, cruelty, death, betrayal, slavery and, above all, revenge. Yet it does not glory in these things but rather wades through them with the grim determination of someone who's only safe path is through the midden. What it rejoices at is freedom and courage and loyalty, if only because they are so rare.

When I picked up 'Half The World', the second book in the series, I expected more to follow the adventures of the crippled meant-to-be-king of the first book but Joe Abercrombie gave me something else. Out hero from the previous book is still there. He is the architect of the action, bringing together people that he needs to try and keep his Land safe, but he is not the main character. This time we're focused on the warriors that would find their place in songs and sagas.

Being Joe Abercrombie, I wasn't really surprised to find that the warriors are not who I might have expected them to be. Our manipulative leader has selected a young woman who wants so fiercely to be a warrior, despite the opposition of the misogynistic man responsible for training warriors, that she ends up killing someone in training and is condemned for murder. She is the one who our devious leader will shape into the perfect weapon. Beside her is a large, strong, brave young man, who is clearly warrior material but whose commitment to the truth ends up disqualifying him from being selected.

We follow these two young people on a quest across the Shattered Seas to find the allies that they need so badly for the upcoming war. We see them grow up. We see them being used. We see them returning home and starting to understand what they have done, how they have been used and the depths of shadow that their own legends now cast over them.

The writing, the characterisation and the plot are all excellent but I think Joe Abercrombie's particular talent lies in making an experience so real you feel that you are there with the warriors.

He turns an incident when a boat being portered over a mountain, slips its ropes and must be held fast by our exceptionally strong aspiring warrior at great personal cost, into something filled with tension and pain and sweat and stoic selfless bravery that bypasses analysis and hits your emotions like an injection of adrenalin to the heart.

He turns a duel between our heroine and a King twice her size into something so intense, you feel the physical effort but you also slowly learn, along with our heroine, what is really going on.

One of the things that I liked most about this book is the way it treats heroes as a construct that has nothing to do with the warriors themselves. The possibility of being a hero, of being sung about, or having your name remembered, spurs on the young to become warriors. The songs about the heroes tell those singing them that they are a people who are capable of great deeds of daring and courage, helping them to feel braver and safer. The warriors themselves know that the songs exaggerate and misassign accomplishments, omit the fear and the pain and the grief and take on a life of their own that eventually over-writes the warrior's experience, distancing them from their own past and from their people by making them icons.

Joe Abercrombie knows that glory is a fiction used to disguise brutality, nullify grief and feed young people into the maw of the military. His description of a retaliatory raid into a neighbouring land is vivid, credible and completely lacking in glory.

I recommend the audiobook version of 'Half The World'. Ben Elliot's narration is flawless. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample

https://soundcloud.com/harpercollinspublishers/half-the-world-by-joe ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | Sep 15, 2020 |
I absolutely love how gnarly, gritty and scar covered Thorn was described in this book. To see a girl be described as ugly and gross and nasty looking is such a breath of fresh air in the world of YA were every girl who goes into battle or trains hard is still this graciously beautiful creature that has no scars or deformities from being in war. Abercrombie brings it to life that girls can be described just as gross as your battle hardened man and I love this.

The story was once again very fast moving, you are immediately thrown back into this world and it’s made obvious real quick that while Yarvi has returned, he isn’t the main focus of the story, that goes to our resident gnarly girl her self Thorn, but that’s not to say Yarvi doesn’t have an important role in this book because goodness knows this man is one conniving s.o.b and I am here for it! I love Yarvi.

You get both new and old characters, war and deals in the dark, lying, and backstabbing, I mean everything you could ask for it’s in this book and it’s done so well, EVEN THE ROMANCE, what romance?!?! Yes there is Romance and you know what, it was handled in such a realistic manner, it wasn’t any of that insta-romance shit YA is so obnoxious for. We watch two characters slowly grow towards having feelings towards each other and trying to determine in themselves what the heck these feelings are. And then when the romance finally does happen we get the after part where both characters are just like “what, what happens now?” And how they argue and fight and disagree and still don’t fully understand what they got themselves into, and how they are still trying to just understand themselves in this larger picture with someone else. It’s so realistic!!

The only thing that really threw me off while reading this, was at one point I felt the story was ending but I still had a whole 100 pages left and in my experience with YA doing this, it’s usually a really bad attempt at trying to get more pages into the book so I was very concerned about what could be added but thankfully I wasn’t let down. Let’s just say Yarvi is an intelligent conniving s.o.b and it really shows at the end of this book. Once again I’m left with the curiosity of what the next book will bring.

Also Brand, ah my heart, I love that sweet boy! ( )
  SweetKokoro | Aug 1, 2020 |
Well I thought I really loved "Half a King", but if I was over-the-moon in love with this then I guess I only really liked that. THORN IS AWESOME. She's in the good (or very very bad? :'D) company of some other kick-ass yet vulnerable Abercrombie (anti-)heroines (Monza and Shy come to mind). The Shattered Sea setting continues to captivate me. I love the secondary characters. I even LOVED THE ROMANTIC SUBPLOT. WHAT?! ( )
  allison_s | May 25, 2020 |
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Cattle die, kindred die,
Every man is mortal:
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"New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie's thrilling new series continues in the follow-up to Half a King, which George R. R. Martin hailed as "a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go." Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior. She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland's deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit. Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon. Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption. And weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path? Praise for Joe Abercrombie's 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"-- "Set in the same world as Half a King, Half a World follows a new protagonist, Thorn, a fifteen-year-old girl in training for the king's army. But even as she's learning the ways of war, she's also growing up...and falling in love for the first time"--

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