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message 1: by Jess (new)

Jess Now I'm intrigued. I saw this at the front of my local bookstore being pegged as "a new release to look out for", but I brushed it off and gave it no care. But now this goes on the TBR!

Great review, Emily!


message 2: by Carmen (new)

Carmen I agree with you completely. I started reading this yeseterday and the first section you quoted I underlined earlier. "Nothing" is awesome and takes his place besides Abercrombie's other cracked hero villains. I found the characterization of the captain Shadikshirram one of his more impressive accomplishments. She moves from seeming an out of it drunk to truly menacing. Great review.


message 3: by Damian (new)

Damian Dubois Are you a fan of his First Law trilogy, Emily May?


message 4: by Paul (new)

Paul Great Review Emily. Abercrombie is a fine author


message 5: by Damian (new)

Damian Dubois I actually should have read the last lines in your review and I would have had my answer. Abercrombie is one of the masters of grim-dark so if it's complex and flawed characters you are after then you may indeed like the First Law books. I have heard that this book, Half A King, has had the grimness/violence toned down a notch or two when compared to some of his more popular novels though.

Nice sunset by the way as well :)


message 6: by Rachel (new)

Rachel rachandalotabooks now I am definitely tempted to get this book now. I saw the blurb by GRRM and that sort of made me want it, but thanks to your review I think this would be something i would read. I hated when I read a YA fantasy novel I was just too disappointed and said I would never read another fantasy series that hasn't been written by George RR Martin cause I am that shallow ...


message 7: by Salina (new)

Salina Great review! I'm currently reading another book of his 'Best Served Cold' and it seems to have quite many things in common with this one. I think you might enjoy that as well.


message 8: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Jess wrote: "Now I'm intrigued. I saw this at the front of my local bookstore being pegged as "a new release to look out for", but I brushed it off and gave it no care. But now this goes on the TBR!

Great rev..."


Thanks Jess! This wasn't even on my radar until I went to YALC last week. I picked it up on a whim and got lucky :)


message 9: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Carmen wrote: "I agree with you completely. I started reading this yeseterday and the first section you quoted I underlined earlier. "Nothing" is awesome and takes his place besides Abercrombie's other cracked ..."

I agree! I think he took all the characters through various stages of development and allowed them all to have different sides to their personalities. I was very impressed by my first venture into Abercrombie land :)


message 10: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Paul wrote: "Great Review Emily. Abercrombie is a fine author"

Thanks Paul :) I'm inclined to agree so far!


message 11: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Damian wrote: "I actually should have read the last lines in your review and I would have had my answer. Abercrombie is one of the masters of grim-dark so if it's complex and flawed characters you are after then ..."

Haha, thank you! This makes me even more excited for his other books. Picking this one up was a complete spur-of-the-moment thing and I'd not had much desire to read him before... so glad I took a chance on it.


message 12: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Rachel wrote: "now I am definitely tempted to get this book now. I saw the blurb by GRRM and that sort of made me want it, but thanks to your review I think this would be something i would read. I hated when I re..."

Yeah, you definitely should check this out!


message 13: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Salina wrote: "Great review! I'm currently reading another book of his 'Best Served Cold' and it seems to have quite many things in common with this one. I think you might enjoy that as well."

Thank you! And cheers for the rec, I've just been browsing his books and trying to decide where to go next. I'll definitely be reading more of his work soon :)


message 14: by Sam (new)

Sam Whitehouse I'm three quarters done and i don't want it to end. This is my kind of book, fantasy, action, plenty of fighting. If only there was more YA high-fantasy like this.


message 15: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Sam wrote: "I'm three quarters done and i don't want it to end. This is my kind of book, fantasy, action, plenty of fighting. If only there was more YA high-fantasy like this."

Yes... if only. Let me know if you find more :)


message 16: by Mike (new)

Mike Nice to see that a whimsical purchase paid off. I've been sitting on a pile of Ambercrombie and your review has got me itching to start digging into them.

I was trying to think of something comparable to recommend and Scott Lynch's "The Lies of Locke Lamora" came to mind.


message 17: by Sarina (new)

Sarina I didn't read your full review....only half, because I believe I've just been told about a really good book, a dark-fantasy which I will probably like a lot..., and I wanna savor it... So, am sorry to not finish your review, but am truly glad to have had a glimpse of this book because you read and wrote about it... I want to read it soon and also finish your review soon... but 'soon' perhaps won't be soon enough.
Nevertheless, Thank you. :D


message 18: by Cathryn (new)

Cathryn Did you get a sunburn being outside so long reading? (Can you tell I'm a Mom?)


message 19: by Meg Collins (new)

Meg Collins I almost picked this book up yesterday! Will definitely give it a go now!


message 20: by William (new)

William Emily May wrote: "Salina wrote: "Great review! I'm currently reading another book of his 'Best Served Cold' and it seems to have quite many things in common with this one. I think you might enjoy that as well."

Tha..."


The Blade Itself. Definitely start with his First Law trilogy. The characters in his other books have their beginning here.


message 21: by Sam (new)

Sam Whitehouse Emily May wrote: "Sam wrote: "I'm three quarters done and i don't want it to end. This is my kind of book, fantasy, action, plenty of fighting. If only there was more YA high-fantasy like this."

Yes... if only. Let..."


Definitely. Luckily this book will have two sequels.


message 22: by Brigid (new)

Brigid Ever since Khanh put out her review of this a while ago, everybody's been going nuts over this book. I can see why what with all the beautiful quotes I've been seeing. I'm hesitant to read his books because I've read reviews of his first book. Apparently he goes on randomly raping women all willy nilly? I'm not a fan of using rape and child murder as a way to create a gritty and dark book. But here's my question, are you able to get past that easily? Is this book not as controversial in regards to rape or child murder? Or is the writing so good that it's just worth it? I'm guessing it's worth it, but it still bothers people who've loved his books to some extent. I'm not all trying to imply that those who've loved his books don't get bothered or think that rape should just be written off. Not my intent. I'm just trying to figure out if this book would be more up my alley. I love epic fantasy, especially the ones that bring something different to the genre. Lovely review Emily. The picture made it all the more personal ;)


message 23: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Thanks, Brigid :) I can't speak for the author's other books but there was zero rape and zero child murder in this one. I would say it's quite gritty for a YA book but I've also read far worse, and yes - the writing is very good.

Sometimes I am able to look past graphic violence and rape if the story and writing are compelling enough, but honestly that wasn't even an issue here.


message 24: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Rabindranauth said: "If you equate the First Law series to vodka, then this book, by comparison, is pretty much lemonade." which may be why :)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 25: by Brigid (new)

Brigid Emily May wrote: "Thanks, Brigid :) I can't speak for the author's other books but there was zero rape and zero child murder in this one. I would say it's quite gritty for a YA book but I've also read far worse, and..."

He's switched to YA? I thought his book were always adult. Oh....i see. heh.


message 26: by Sam (new)

Sam Whitehouse Brigid (evil owl master) wrote: "Emily May wrote: "Thanks, Brigid :) I can't speak for the author's other books but there was zero rape and zero child murder in this one. I would say it's quite gritty for a YA book but I've also r..."

This is his first YA, and hopefully (after the two sequels) not his last.


message 27: by [deleted user] (last edited Jul 21, 2014 12:54PM) (new)

Wonderful review Emily :D so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!!


message 28: by Sam (new)

Sam Lovell i just bought that book, I've agreed with the majority of your reviews - the fact you loved The Good Luck of Right now just makes me love your account even more :) I can't wait to read Half a king


message 29: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Thank you, Sam! I really hope you love it too :)


message 30: by Justine (new)

Justine Thanks to this review, I was persuaded to read it and wow, I loved this one emily (despite my not so good relationship with high fantasy). Almost all high fantasy books bore me but Half a King is the exception to that. By the way em, what did you think of the ending when yarvi poisoned mother grunding? Were you as shocked as I am? That ending was brilliant because I thought everything was resolved and I thought things would be a breeze for everyone and then that happened lol


message 31: by Ollie (new)

Ollie I am so happy that you reviewed this! It's in my pile of to-reads (I think there's a physical copy in my room, somewhere) and my friend occasionally berates me for not having read it yet. You've made me all the more excited to start.


message 32: by Turkan (new)

Turkan Taskin Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, lol, but what exactly is, or what's the difference between urban and traditional fantasy? :)


message 33: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Hall first awesome review as always!:)as for the book, OMG it was beautiful. I love romance, but sometimes I think u should branch out, n read something different, its very refreshing. n this book was a favorite, I loved the subtle humor, n I just loved the writing style!I wonder if u'll like the sequel, I personally loved it again, but there's more romance that time,read it!!!!it was awesomeness;)


message 34: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Turkan wrote: "Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, lol, but what exactly is, or what's the difference between urban and traditional fantasy? :)"

Traditional fantasy (also called "epic" or "high" fantasy) is set in a completely fictional world. For example, Game of Thrones, Mistborn or Lord of the Rings. Urban fantasy is set in our world but has fantasy elements. For example, Darkfever, Vampire Academy, or Twilight.


message 35: by Emily May (new)

Emily May Hayley wrote: "first awesome review as always!:)as for the book, OMG it was beautiful. I love romance, but sometimes I think u should branch out, n read something different, its very refreshing. n this book was a..."

I already read it and loved it! I'm about to read the third book. Love these characters :)


message 36: by P. (new)

P. Kirby Before this book, my only other exposure to Abercrombie was Red Country, which I think is set in the world of the First Law Trilogy. And yeah, Half a King, though dark, is lighter in comparison. I don't recall any rape in Red Country, but children are killed, though off-screen (I think). Based on my experience reading that and Half a King, I'd say that Abercrombie is fond of the "seemingly broken and harmless old guy who turns out to be a bad-ass" archetype. Anyway, I also really enjoyed Half a King.


message 37: by Turkan (new)

Turkan Taskin Emily May wrote: "Turkan wrote: "Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, lol, but what exactly is, or what's the difference between urban and traditional fantasy? :)"

Traditional fantasy (also called "epic" or ..."


Got it. Thanks for replying :)


message 38: by Brenda (new)

Brenda A well said! Just finished this and I am thoroughly amazed at the final big reveal at the end! Who knew the villain could seem so understanding?


message 39: by Ryan (new)

Ryan So happy I found your review, Emily. I almost passed this one by until you convinced me otherwise. What a loss that would have been. Thank you so much :)


Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell Ooh, love the pic in your backyard!

I loved the women characters too. It was refreshing to read a fantasy world with decent female characters. Most of them come across as so outmoded...


message 41: by Paschal (new)

Paschal Nere Just read through the first twist... I did not see that one coming until it was too late haha


message 42: by Flori (new)

Flori Thank you for the review!


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