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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?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Guys, it can’t get any more Viking than this.
If Half the King was awesome, Half the World was twice as that. If Half the King blew my mind away, Half the World exploded it to smithereens. I’m not sure how Joe Abercrombie did it, and honestly, I’m kinda scared to know, but somehow, he managed to make the second book of this amazing series even better than the first. Who knew?! Especially since Half the World unravels teh plot through the point of views of two people, and neither of them Yarvi, who was the hero in Half the King and 95% of the reason why it was so fucking kick ass. I don’t know about you, folks, but it’s kind of hard to topple a cripple who has the mind and wisdom of a cunning old man.
So who are these characters? Meet Thorn, a teenage girl with a heart of a warrior, maybe even THE warrior. If Yarvi’s strength is his brain, this girl’s strengths is her brawn. She’s a beast in the battlefield and that’s what I love about her. She starts as a snarling, growling, selfish heroine and turns into a snarling, growling, kick-ass knife-wielding Viking, and it can’t get any better than that. Then there’s also Brand, a teenage boy who believed he wanted to be a warrior, but is a good man at heart – a guy who keeps thinking what good is it to be good if it yields unfortunate consequences? But does them all the same because that is simply him.
So there’s Yarvi, the brains, who is more in the background, but a major part of the story nevertheless. And there’s Thorn, the muscle; and there’s Brand, the heart. A stunning combination that may seem pretty whack at first but results to a beautiful narrative of glory, deceit, and lastly, courage.
I hope I don’t seem cheesy and that I’m making you guys SALIVATE FOR THE BOOK.
Now, see, this book is more… character-driven, than plot-driven, I find. Obviously, there is some plot going on, but when I read it, it was more about the transformation of both Thorn and Brand and how they became the people they were at the end of the book, and how the events that happen help shape them into the individuals they will become- and trust me, many of them are pretty blood-pumping. I absolutely adored all three of them, and the side characters as well, and by the end of the book, I kept rolling over and over on my bed because I couldn’t keep still because of my growing excitement! This may not be about Yarvi anymore, but the action is just as great, if not greater, than the previous book.
And I can’t praise the writing enough. It is EXQUISITE. It is ATMOSPHERIC. It’s BRILLIANT. You can really feel the Viking atmosphere through the words and the surroundings and world-building.
You want Vikings? You want to see glory? You want to see the tension and the calm before the storm? This book fits all of the above, and you can’t get anything better than this.
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