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Half a King

Shattered Sea, Book 1
Lu par : Ben Elliot
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Sunday Times best-selling author Joe Abercrombie has created a richly detailed fantasy epic in Half a King, Book One of the phenomenal Shattered Sea audiobook series, unabridged and narrated by American actor Ben Elliot. Young Prince Yarvi is an embarrassment to his father. He is small and intelligent, a far cry from the muscled thugs in the kingdom. It is in exile that he finds friends who accept him for who he is and together they form an army. Setting out to reclaim his right to the throne, Yarvi can use only his mind as the ultimate weapon. Available now from Audible.

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A classic coming-of-age tale set in a vivid and richly-imagined world from Sunday Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie.

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 itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand.

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.

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.

But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi's path may end as it began - in twists, and traps and tragedy…

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Critiques

"Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work" (George R.R. Martin)
"Abercrombie writes fantasy like no one else" ( Guardian)
"This is my favourite Abercrombie book yet" ( Patrick Rothfuss)
"Joe Abercrombie is fast becoming my favourite writer. Half a King is a remarkable achievement - thrilling, enthralling, and relentless. The action is frenetic, the characters are as sharp as the blades they wield, and the humour is biting. It's sure to garner him a whole new legion of fans" ( Derek Landy)
"Enthralling. An up-all-night read" ( Robin Hobb)
" Half a King can be summed up in a single word: Masterpiece" ( Myke Cole)
"With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure" ( Rick Riodan)

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Ivan
  • 23/05/2016

Great story. Mediocre reader.

Abercrombie doesn't disappoint. Good story, if a bit rudimentary. The speak is not great. But ok.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Warren
  • 28/07/2015

Good Story, OKish performance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was a good story, and i would like hear the rest of the shattered see novels. Yes time well spent!

Would you be willing to try another one of Ben Elliot’s performances?

Not really, i thought he was dead pan and missed some of Joe Abercrombies humor

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  • ola
  • 16/04/2015

Perfect

Just love his books. Hope Joe will continue write his dark fantasy with all his fantastic characters from that evil world he has created

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  • May-Helen Flatstrand
  • 13/11/2014

Enjoyable start to a new series.

What did you love best about Half a King?

The setting. Abercrombie have created a world that seem slightly more inspired by norse culture and nordic history than the average fantasy book. There are for example hints of parallels to the centralization of power which happened in Scandinavia during the Viking age. Not by any means to the extent of giving anyone a lesson in history, but it makes the book more enjoyable to those who already have an interest in norse history I think.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending. It might be argued that this is a much lighter read than what Abercrombie usually serves and the characters are not quite as strong or memorable as some of the others he have created, but as establishing a new world with new characters for a new series I think it works well.

I gave an extra star for giving the book an ending that creates anticipation of what comes next without making a cliffhanger. Reading George R.R. Martin have given me a deep aversion of cliffhangers.

Any additional comments?

Bloody good entertainment.

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  • Carsten Führmann
  • 03/12/2014

Thrilling from start to finish

This book is short, fast-paced and full of interesting plot-twists. There are several interesting characters, and they are fleshed out as good as the space allows. Considering the brevity of the book, a lot of great plot happens. The fictitious world is not described in as much detail as in longer fantasy books by Abercrombie or others, but that does not matter for the plot. The prose is beautiful and intense. The book feels less, how shall I put this, dirty or sarcastic than Abercrombie's previous offerings. Probably because it is classified as young adult fiction. And it seems to be set in a different world. But I enjoyed it just as much.

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  • Vicomte de Verdi
  • 01/05/2018

Vorsicht: Unangenehme Sprecherstimme

An seine fulminante Klingen-Romane reicht die Königs-Trilogie nicht ansatzweise heran; die Reihe ist eher für Kinder gedacht - sowohl sprachlich als auch was Tiefgang angeht. Mit Elliots piepsiger, krächzender Stimme ist es leider auch nicht möglich, das Hörbuch zum Entspannen zu hören.