Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BUZZFEED AND THE INDEPENDENT - New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie delivers the stunning conclusion to the epic fantasy trilogy that began with Half a King, praised by George R. R. Martin as "a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go."
"The Shattered Seas trilogy has worked its way into a very exclusive group of my favorite fantasy novels of all time."--James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner
Words are weapons.
Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. If she is to reclaim her birthright, she must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge.
Only half a war is fought with swords.
The deeply cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king's minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head--a man who worships only Death.
Sometimes one must fight evil with evil.
Some--like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith--are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others--like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver--would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her irons wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness.
Praise for Half a War
"Filled with swift battles, quick plot twists and witty dialogue."--New York Daily News
"A fantasy for all ages, and all times that] rends the soul as compulsively as anything Abercrombie has written to date . . . Half a War is a success in every way, putting a stupendous capstone on the entire Shattered Sea Trilogy."--Tordotcom
"There's all the sword-swinging and Machiavellian machinations you could ask for in this tale of a final battle between countries and kings."--Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
"Engaging, mesmerising and jaw-dropping."--SciFi Now
"Abercrombie piles on shocking betrayals and charges his characters a high price for vengeance in this powerful and fitting final volume."--Publishers Weekly
'What makes Abercrombie so good is the way that the cut and thrust of the dialogue is every bit as dangerous as the swordplay, and the clash of personal destinies matters as much as the shattering of empires. Like Game of Thrones on an adrenalin drip, this is a full-throated war cry of a novel, counterpointed by grace notes in perfect pitch' Daily Mail 'The final instalment in The Shattered Sea series is the perfect ending to an outstanding YA trilogy ... The battles are bloody, the twists are shocking and the deaths are heartbreaking' SFX 'Abercrombie has created a series that is by shades engaging, mesmerising and jaw-dropping, possessing themes and complex characters so rarely interrogated by YA fiction. In Half a War, he has supplied a fitting coda' SciFi Now 'War reaches the boiling point in the impressive conclusion ... Abercrombie piles on shocking betrayals and charges his characters a high price for vengeance in this powerful and fitting final volume' Publishers Weekly 'Half a War not only continues on in the footsteps of its predecessors, but fulfills all the series' promises in a way that rends the soul as compulsively as anything Abercrombie has written to date ... It is a fantasy for all ages, and all times, so long as you're emotionally prepared to have your heart ripped out. Because, despite the titles of his novels, Joe Abecrombie isn't one for half-measures' Tor.com 'The writing was so descriptive that the whole world came to life. It was so good I wanted to read everything else Joe Abercrombie has ever written' Daily Record 'Anyone who is missing the political machinations, guts and glory of Game of Thrones would do well to check this out. Heart-racing fantasy of the highest order' Absolutely South East
Joe Abercrombie was born in Lancaster on the last day of 1974, the son of an English teacher and a sociologist. He spent much of his youth in imaginary worlds, and left school with a good idea of how to make stuff up. He moved to the big city, learned to brew tea, and ended up as a TV editor, working on documentaries, events and concerts for bands from Iron Maiden to Coldplay. But in the darkness of the night he was still making stuff up, and his first book, The Blade Itself, was published in 2006. He now lives in Bath with his wife Lou and their three children Grace, Eve and Teddy and makes stuff up full-time.