Half a War by Joe Abercrombie – Review

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Series: Shattered Sea
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: March 2016
My Rating:5starNew

Synopsis (1)

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. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright.

Only half a war is fought with swords

The deep-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 no god but 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 iron wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness.

Goodreads link: Half a War


MyReview

My poor little heart! I think this is my favourite book in the trilogy. It’s going to be hard to do a spoiler-free review so just in case: Might contain LIGHT SPOILERS

Things I liked:

  • In book two on of my complaints was that the base of the story plot resembled a lot the story plot of the first one. Well, this one was completely different. This one is about different kingdoms coming together to defeat the enemy.
  • I loved how the characters evolve in this book, more than the previous two. I love seeing Skara turned into a powerful Queen, I love seeing other character falling from hight. And Yarvi. Although it’s not one of our main POV we see a lot of him and how much he has changed since book one.
  • What I like in Abercrombie writing is that he right the relationship between characters in a way that they feel true to life. If two characters are not meant to be together for X or Y reason he will not come up with a plot or excuse to pair those characters just because this is what our heart wants. And I always appreciate that no matter how much it hurts.
  • Raith! I loved this character so much. I have a sweet spot for bad boys that deep down are good. Especially when we get to see this side of them come out naturally.
  • I rarely cry when reading books or watching movies, and I still didn’t while reading this book but it did manage to make my heart feel things. Well done!
  • Raith and Skara. Oh, my little heart. I loved those two together.
  • We got to see even more magic than book two!
  • They where a couple of big twists that I didn’t see coming. Especially the one with the traitor. Kept me guessing throughout the book and when we learn how it was I wasn’t expecting it.

Things I didn’t like

It was very hard to find things that I didn’t like but here some nitpicking

  • So you know how I said that I loved the plot twist with the traitor. I did I’m not taking it back but… If you look closely I feel like maybe there are some tiny plotholes that I can’t really discuss without spoiling everything. If you want more details, leave me a comment below.
  • The elves. Although we see way more elf-magic we still don’t really get a lot of information about them. At the end of this trilogy, a still feel that I wanted to know more about them.

In conclusion, this was overall and very good series and this last book was my favourite. I highly recommend it! Please go read this series! And if you have already let me know your thought in the comments below!

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