Half the World by Joe Abercrombie – Review

Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publication Date:  February 3rd 2015
Pages: 512 
Series: Shattered Sea
My Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis (1)

Thorn Bathu was born to fight. But when she kills a boy in the training square she finds herself named a murderer.

Fate places her life in the hands of the deep-cunning Father Yarvi as he sets out to cross half the world in search of allies against the ruthless High King. Beside her is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill. A failure in her eyes and his own, the voyage is his last chance at redemption.

But warriors can be weapons, and weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn always be a tool in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path? Is there a place outside of legend for a woman with a blade?

Goodreads link: Here


As with the first book, the main story is very basic. I group of misfits that are thrown together to complete a quest to find allies. But I still had a blast reading this book.

Things I liked:

  • Because the main plot is so simple all characters and their developments are amazing.  All of them have their own voice, their own personality and keep evolving and keep you intrigued until the end.
  • Thorn. Thorn is a strong female character but with a twist. She is not the typical strong female character that is the best fighter and the most beautiful woman to ever walk the earth and who think that loves is something stupid and not for her. No, she is tall, muscular, with scars and a weird hair cut. She is a fighter and a killer, but you get to see her become one through hard training and strong will. And when she falls in love? She is afraid of it, yes, but when the times come she doesn’t shy away from it, she embraces it and doesn’t mind showing a more gentle side of her. That was very nice to see.
  • Brand is our second main character and the opposite of Thorn. He is a sweet boy that wants to be a soldier but deep down he just wants to be a good person and do good no matter what.
  • There is a love story, but it’s not the main theme of the story, and it’s a slow burn one. Initially, I was a little annoyed just because at some point there is a misunderstanding that could have easily been solved by simply talking, but the way things evolve later makes up for it.
  • The ending left me with the feeling that something big is coming with the next book and made we want to pick it right away.
  • We got to see magic! One of my complaints in the first book was that we had elves and magic being mention but never saw any of it.

Things I didn’t like

  • The main reason why my rating is 4.5 instead of 5 if this one. As I mention, the main plot is very basic. I group of misfits that are thrown together. They travel a lot, get to know each other, bond and fight bad guys. Unfortunately, although I loved the characters, for more than half of the book I felt disappointed because what I was reading felt very similar to what I had read in book one. In Half a King you had again a group of misfits thrown in a boat together that travelled a lot, had to find a way to survive, they get to know each-other bond and fight bad guys. It sounds like a minor thing but when I picked because it picked up this book straight after the first one it felt repetitive.

Those are my thoughts on this book. I really liked it, and I’m planning on picking up the third one straight away. What about you? Have you read it? Do you plan or reading it? Let me know in the comments!

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