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Half the World

(Shattered Sea #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  29,443 ratings  ·  2,363 reviews
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 i
Hardcover, First Edition, 484 pages
Published February 12th 2015 by Harper Voyager (first published February 3rd 2015)
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William Hall ...maybe, but why would you? Read the first, the second and the third. Joe Abercrombie doesn't disappoint.
Fabian Potthast The short answer would be "Yes". The somewhat longer answer would be "In a way?" The longest answer would be "Not really, no." Although discussing tha…moreThe short answer would be "Yes". The somewhat longer answer would be "In a way?" The longest answer would be "Not really, no." Although discussing that would be a spoiler in and of itself.
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Emily May
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2015, fantasy, young-adult
“Where do we find allies?”
Father Yarvi smiled. “Among our enemies, where else?”

This series is really good.

It was by accident that I stumbled across Half a King last year and decided to take my chances on it. I’m not a huge fan of traditional fantasy because it tends to be wordy, 1000-pages long and dense so I approach the genre with some hesitation... but it was so easy to read, fast-paced and entertaining. A little dark - just the right amount, in fact - but a whole lot of fun too.

And this
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Fools boast of what they will do. Heroes do it.

Reading this book made me think of the song "Holding out for a Hero" and Joe Abercrombie delivers with a punch.

Thorn wants nothing more than vengeance for her father's death. She is in training as a warrior to serve the king. Right before she can take the oath she accidentally kills one of the 3 sparring partners her teacher has placed her against. So he labels her a killer, she is to be stoned to death.
Father Yarvi learns the truth of what ha
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

Last year I had a bad run of YA fantasy. A really bad run. So bad that I was seriously considering giving up YA altogether, b/c I had clearly matured past the point to being able to enjoy it.


And it was Half the World's predecessor Half a King that kept me from making a brash decision I would inevitably come to regret.

I am pleased to tell you that Half the World (IM humble O) has surpassed it.

Meet Thorn.

Thorn is a girl who lives in a world where women are r
Robin Hobb
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book. It continues the tale begun in Half a King. sort of. That is, we shift to totally different point of view characters who offer us a radically different view of what is happening in this world. I feel the reader could jump right into this book without having read book 1 (Half a King) and still have a very enjoyable read. Buy why do that when reading them in order greatly increases the depth and meaning of the tale.

I greatly enjoyed the characters, the dilemmas they faced, the d
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this.

As I said in my review for book one, I really love Abercrombie's writing style. It's just so...easily digestible and the pages fly by without you even realizing it. This book also offered an experience I found quite novel: Book one is basically wholly told from the POV of Yarvi. We see everything through Yarvi's eyes and witness all of Yarvi's inner thoughts and fears. THIS book is told from the POVs of Thorn and Brand and we get to see formerly first person Yarvi
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Awesome book, and one of the best cover images ever.


The tidal wave of war approaches. In this 2nd volume of the SHATTERED SEA series we focus on a new pair of main characters: Thorn, an angry and violent but extremely martially-gifted 16 year old girl, and her counterpart Brand, a young man who's not so enthused about fighting but really wants to do what's right. They're both in disgrace in their society, and still-young Father Yarvi (main character from the first book, Half a King) plucks them
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

"I'm no warrior."
"Yes y'are."
"A warrior doesn't fear."
"A fool doesn't fear. A warrior stand in spite of his fear. You stood."
Brand plucked at his damp trousers. "I stood and pissed myself."
"You won't be the only one."
"The hero never pisses himself in the songs."
"Aye, well." Rulf gave his shoulder a parting squeeze, and stood.
"That's why those are songs, and this is life."

Yarvi & his crew are back, and just as awesome as ever.
Although, Half the World doesn't focus on Yarvi. Instead,
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

You gotta hand it to Joe Abercrombie. Knocking it out of the park on his first venture into Young Adult territory could be seen as a fluke, but when he nails it again for a second time, it’s clearly a testament to his writing skills and versatility. This author is a master when it comes to storytelling, whether he’s writing for teens or adults.

Half the World is the follow-up-but-not-really-a-direct-sequel to Half a King,
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

"Fools boast of what they will do. Heroes do it"

Falling in line with the previous book in this series, Half the World takes you on an intense journey, full of twist and turns. While Father Yarvi, plays an important role, helping 'push' characters into place, this story isn't told from his POV. Instead we get Thorn, she young and surly, a woman in a world dominated by men, she is training to be a warrior. While Thorn is a little rough around the edges, I loved her character. And Bran
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If Half a King was Abercrombie attempting YA with mixed success this is Abercrombie transcending the genre. The nuance of the characterisation, the immersive nature of the setting and the intelligence, subtlety and depth of this story puts most adult fantasy books, nevermind YA, to shame.

One aspect that diverged from Abercrombie's usual fare was the setting. I've always considered world-building to be Abercrombie's Achilles Heel (The Union/Renaissance Europe, The Wild West in Red Country and Gu
Robin (Bridge Four)
6 Deep Cunning Stars

Buddy Read with Athena (Shardbearer), , Steven, Michelle, Kristen and Jessica playing along.

I thought I loved Half a King...and I did but only half as much a Half the World.

Since I can't drop Half a King to 2.5 stars because that would be ridiculous and I can't give Half the World 9 stars because 5 is the highest I guess I'll settle for 6 Deep Cunning Stars

Joe Abercrombie has a great way with characters. He is one of those fantasy writers that aren’t afraid of flawed people,
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed Half the World more than I enjoyed Half a King. I'm not sure if that is because it was a better book or if it is just because I'm now more familiar with Abercrombie's writing style and with what to expect from his stories.

The big change in this second instalment instalment of the Shattered Sea series was the change in POV. The first book was told entirely from Yarvi's POV while this second instalment bounces between the POV's of Brand and Thorn. I felt like this was a smart choice by
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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5 Stars!

This book was simply amazing! I was completely enchanted by this story from the first page until the very last word. I was so excited to get my hands on an early copy of this book because I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Half a King. I had really high expectations when I started this book and I was a little fearful that this book wouldn't be able to compare to the first book in the series. This
Sean Barrs
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie was half good. I loved the addition of Thorn Barthu as a new protagonist; she is one tough bitch, and one this series desperately needed. However, I found Brand to be nothing but bland and boring. Also, there wasn’t enough of Farther Yarvi in this book. At points he felt like furniture, despite the fact that he was the mastermind behind the whole adventure. Without the addition of the hostile, bad tempered and brutal fighting Thorn Barthu, I may have stopped rea ...more
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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
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Abercrombie's Half the World is half again better than Half a King which got less than half the attention it deserved.
Mayim de Vries
Half the world takes us on quite a journey albeit not as entertaining as the one offered by the first instalment of the Shattered Sea trilogy. One thing I discovered (hell yes, Captain Obvious!) that the Shattered Sea


is in fact Baltic Sea


after an apocalyptic event that "shattered" our civilisation. In this sense Abercrombie's world is very akin to Mark Lawrence's Broken Empire.

But in my reading, I didn’t pitch Abercrombie against Lawrence (or any other fantasy or YA author for that matter), I pi
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Here we have the 2nd book in yet another YA trilogy. Apparently, the days of the standalone story are coming to an end. But who can blame the folks pushing this trend, when the sheer number of things pulling at a kid’s attention nowadays is approaching critical mass? Considering we’ve entered into the Golden Age of Television, with bigger and badder movies by the season, plus all the amazing console games, and nonstop distractions from social media, texting, and mobile apps. Then you someh
Natalie Monroe
4.5 stars

"Thorn nodded, frowning. "I am the storm."

"As yet, more of a drizzle," said Skifr. "But we are only beginning."

I've found my new fantasy fix.

Half A World is just as good as its predecessor. Taking place a good while after Half A King, it is narrated by two new characters: Thorn and Brand. Yarvi and the old gang appear, but this is obviously, utterly their story.

Ever since she was a child, Thorn has dreamed of being a warrior and avenging herself on the man who killed her father. So
It was ok but it's definitively weakest Abercrombie's book. Like previous book it lacked that bloody edge First law book seem to have but I found book 1 overall much more interesting. Here pace is too slow and book dragged on despite being short, more things happen in 100 pages of average First law book than in entire Half the Worlds.

Three stars isn't low rating and this book wasn't bad especially for YA standards but my expectations from Abercrombie are the highest and I recently finished his R
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Abercrombie returns magnificently with Half the World, a tale full of cracking action, mystery and intrigue, and blood soaked adventures.

Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to train and fight. But after being accused of murder she is inadvertently swept up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, who is crossing the world to find allies against the ruthless High King. Beside her is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill. A fail
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

The sands of time have rapidly slipped through the hourglass since Half a King. Now, Father Yarvi is well established as the “deeply cunning” minister of his former uncle, King Uthil of Gettland, and his former mother, Queen Laithlin. But no matter his famed deviousness, Yarvi has not been able to avert the coming confrontation with the High King. Thankfully, however, new heroes have arisen to aid the minster in his task of protecting Gettland.

One of thi
Em Lost In Books
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, 2016, 2010-19
"Half a war is fought with words, won with the words. The right words to the right people.

You are absolutely right Father Yarvi. but this book is not about Yarvi, the crippled protagonist of book one. He takes a back seat in this book and gives us two young warriors, Thorn and Brand. Both are simply superb, brave, and have their own flaws.

High King has declared a war on Gettland and Yarvi has no alliance to stand against the power of old King and his deeply vicious minster, Grandmother Wexe
Benji Glaab
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 🌟's all the way

First Law series was fabulously entertaining. Half a King was a refreshing take on YA, and a stunning introduction to the Shattered Sea world. This tale took us to see half the world, hence the title. Therefore the world building was bolstered. Add In a better view of the political landscape where the stakes are raised ever higher. All at the same time building off the mystery of the long past Elf people. This makes for quite a descent backdrop for this yarn to untangle upon. An
David Sven
Yarvi is back! This time as Father Yarvi AKA - a deep and cunning man.

War is brewing. The King of Gettland chafes under the rule of the High King and Mother Wexan. What's a King to do when an old cripple and his witch presume to give orders from in his own kingdom? Steel! Steel is the answer.

But Gettland's enemies are many and the High King can raise Half the World against her and probably will anyway. Fortunately for the King of Gettland, Father Yarvi is a deep and cunning man and he sets out t
Igor Ljubuncic
I love The First Law trilogy. I mean it's like mega. Logen is so cool, and even the foxy little Jezal is okay. Then you have Ferro and Bayaz. Wow. Wait. Wrong book series. Nope. Because Shattered Sea is exactly that.

Half a King started King of YA and we had Yarvi doing his thing. Fewer characters, shorter chapters, you could almost believe Joe can do mellow cuddly stuff. In Half the World, he had dropped the pretense of any YA. This is a thoroughly adult book, and it has no YA elements. The chap
The Shayne-Train
Joe Abercrombie can do no wrong, and write nothing but awesomeness that does THIS:


THAT's how good this gods-damned book is.

No suffering from "middle book syndrome" here. Nuh-uh. It starts hard and interesting, and keeps that pace the entire time. Never was I wishing things would speed up. Never did I wish that we'd jump do a different POV. This is fantasy writing at its absolute A-one top-o'-the-line best.

I was a little worried that it'd be hard for me to jump back into, since it had been quite
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars

"Fools boast of what they will do. Heroes do it."

And our heroes are just as perfectly flawed and imperfect as in the first installment of this series. The focus in this book is not on Yarvi, but on the new characters Brand and Thorn. The story is told out of their points of view. Both of them are outsiders in their society, fresh from warrior training and have no idea how the life as a hero of the songs really looks like.
Yarvi, who secretly pulls the strings behind what's going on
I received an ARC copy of this book from Good Reads in the First Reads giveaway program. I also received an eARC from NetGalley.

The middle book of a trilogy that doesn't have that middle book drag we often see. No, this was an improvement to the first book, and at the same time building for the climax in the third.

Say one thing about Joe Abercrombie, say the man can weave a good yarn. If any hesitate to pick up this Shattered Sea trilogy based on word that it's "YA" and toned down from his usua
Mr. Matt
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, fantasy, young-adult
Half the World picks up the story a few years after the events of Half a King. Crows are circling the embattled kingdom of Gettland. The High King and Grandmother Wexxen are moving against her. The power of the Golden Queen and their faith in the Old Gods are a threat, and if they will not submit, they must be made to submit.

To my pleasant surprise, it does not pick up the story of former Prince (and erstwhile King) Yarvi. The ruthless Yarvi is now Father Yarvi, Minister to his Mother and Uncle
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Joe Abercrombie was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology. He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004. It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed by two other books in The First Law trilogy ...more

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