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Half a King (Shattered Sea) di [Abercrombie, Joe]
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‘Abercrombie writes fantasy like no one else’ Guardian

‘This is my favourite Abercrombie book yet’ PATRICK ROTHFUSS

‘Joe Abercrombie is fast becoming my favourite writer. HALF A KING is a remarkable achievement ― thrilling, enthralling, and relentless. The action is frenetic, the characters are as sharp as the blades they wield, and the humour is biting. It's sure to garner him a whole new legion of fans’ DEREK LANDY

‘Perhaps his most technically proficient novel yet, I dare you to read the first chapter and try not to turn the next page. Some wondered if what makes Joe Abercrombie so different would survive the transition to YA. Abercrombie fans, have no fear: Polished and sharp, the un-adult-rated Abercrombie is still unadulterated Abercrombie’ BRENT WEEKS

‘Enthralling. An up-all-night read’ ROBIN HOBB

‘HALF A KING can be summed up in a single word: Masterpiece’ MYKE COLE

‘With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, HALF A KING is definitely a full adventure’ RICK RIORDAN

‘A magnificent, captivating world.’ James Dashner of MAZE RUNNER

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND THE WASHINGTON POST • LOCUS AWARD WINNER

“The Shattered Seas trilogy has worked its way into a very exclusive group of my favorite fantasy novels of all time.”—James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

“A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go.”—George R. R. Martin

“I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.”


Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.

The deceived will become the deceiver.

Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

The betrayed will become the betrayer.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.

Will the usurped become the usurper?

But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds that his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Joe Abercrombie’s Half the World.

“Tremendously entertaining . . . lightning-fast and filled with a wonderful collection of rogues, villains and two-faced bastards . . . From the first chapter [Joe Abercrombie] wastes no time as the reader is swept up in a gripping tale of betrayal and revenge.”SciFi Now

“Once this plot has its teeth in you, it will not let go. . . . Abercrombie’s masterful storytelling means that everything, from the characters that you come to love and despise, to the sprawling world that is explored, is enthralling.”Fantasy Book Review

“Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea is a fantastic yet believable backdrop to Yarvi’s struggle, a vivid imaginary land.”—The Seattle Times

“Intriguing characters . . . nonstop action.”—Chicago Tribune

Half a King is my favorite book by Joe Abercrombie so far, and that’s saying something.”—Patrick Rothfuss

“As in all Abercrombie’s books, friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect. With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure.”—Rick Riordan

“Enthralling! An up-all-night read.”—Robin Hobb

“Polished and sharp, perhaps his most technically proficient novel yet . . . I dare you to read the first chapter and try not to turn the next page.”—Brent Weeks

Half a King can be summed up in a single word: masterpiece. It’s a coming-of-age story. It’s a Viking saga. It’s a revenge tale and family drama and the return of the prodigal son. But most of all, it’s this: a short time alongside people as weak and blundering as we are and, in the midst of it all, as heroic. Far too short a time, as it turns out. What a wonderful book.”—Myke Cole

Half a King is full of all the adventure I’ve come to expect from Abercrombie and a tenderness I never knew he had.”—Sam Sykes

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 385
  • Editore: Del Rey (15 luglio 2014)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00HBQWGYO
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  • Media recensioni: 4.5 su 5 stelle 4 recensioni clienti
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Una bella lettura, con personaggi credibili e una buona elaborazione del cliché del personaggio unfit to rule. Trama veloce e piacevole.
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Abercrombie si conferma il re di questo particolare genere, caratterizzato dall'abbondanza di scelte morali equivoche, moralità ambigue, e dalla carenza di tradizionali lieto fine come quelli normalmente graditi ad Hollywood o simili.
E' stato pubblicizzato come libro "young adult", per giovani lettori, ma devo mettere in guardia che il tasso di violenza sia fisica che morale è altissimo: rispetto alle serie "mature" di Abercrombie l'unica differenza è un'età media più bassa dei protagonisti, meno scene di sesso e, per qualche personaggio in più rispetto alla sua media, qualcosa che ricorda da lontano un lieto fine.

Scrivo questa recensione dopo la conclusione della trilogia: la qualità rimane alta per tutti e 3 i libri, il ritmo è buono, e ci sono un sacco di personaggi interessanti.
In proposito, un avviso: ad ogni libro, i personaggi che forniscono il punto di vista cambiano. Rimangono i personaggi dei libri precedenti, ma diventano personaggi di sfondo.
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Presentato come uno Young Adult, ha il tocco tipico di Abercrombie: niente bianco e nero tipico del fantasy, ma un sacco di sfumature di grigio, quasi tutte vicine al nero. Non ci sono personaggi totalmente positivi, circostanze e competizione spietata obbligano i benintenzionati ad usare ogni mezzo per sopravvivere.
Ritmo pazzesco, condensato in un testo che è lungo circa metà degli altri romanzi di Abercrombie. Fra tutti i suoi libri penso questo sia quello con il ritmo migliore.
Una serie di rovesci e colpi di scena rende il tutto tremendamente avvincente. Non vedo l'ora di leggerne il seguito.
Piccola nota: per essere uno Young Adult c'è un sacco di violenza, ma è un romanzo che descrive una società di predoni simili ai Vichinghi.
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Di Katerina Y. il 23 novembre 2014
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Being a fan of Joe Abercrombie I had high expectations going into this new series. I am happy to say it has lived up to my expectations and given me new. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 su 5 stelle 753 recensioni
11 di 11 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Half an Abercrombie (but still good!) 18 gennaio 2017
Di David Andrews - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Joe Abercrombie isn’t exactly someone I imagined from the latest wave of gritty/dark fantasy authors who would dive into the young adult genre - yet here we are. Half a King is the first book in the now-complete Shattered Seas trilogy, and stars the young Yarvi, second in line to the throne of Gettland. Yarvi is a young man on the cusp of manhood, about to take the tests to become a minister - sort of like a maester from Game of Thrones - and renounce all claim to the throne of Gettland when, predictably, tragedy strikes.

Abercrombie does an excellent job painting the outlines of a boy in this situation, raised in a cold, royal household, who trusts his mentor more than anyone in the world. He is well-suited to his apparent destiny as a minister, but quite suddenly finds himself thrust onto the throne - him and his shriveled half-hand that renders him an object of scorn among the people of the court.

More misadventure befalls Yarvi as the story finds its footing and, while somewhat predictable, is entertaining until the last twist reveals itself in the final few pages of the book. There is love, of a kind, between Yarvi and a fellow misadventurer; there is betrayal; there are forbidding parents and mysterious companions.

However, Half a King feels, ultimately, like half an Abercrombie book. A lot of the grit has been washed away from the story, grit that made Abercrombie a hit not that long ago with The First Law, and while I would certainly recommend Half a King to young adults rather than that other series, I would still hold that first trilogy as the better. Nonetheless, I look forward to reading Half the World, the next entry in the Shattered Seas trilogy.
97 di 105 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Boy-kings and Vikings and Bloodthirsty Oaths! 15 luglio 2014
Di Neil Hepworth - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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After six excellent books filled with grit and gore, written for adults, Joe Abercrombie decided (as I understand it) to recharge his batteries by writing a fantasy YA trilogy, starting with Half a King. You’d be forgiven if you thought, after reading the first few chapters, that this was going to be a normal, mundane, (if well written) coming of age YA story. Well, you’d be wrong. And not half wrong, but all wrong. (How many half-jokes can we fit into this review? Because if a half-joke is a joke that is only kinda funny, well, I’m full of those - just ask my students...)

The story starts as one might expect after having read the back of the book: boy prince who unexpectedly becomes king only to have it snatched away from him, thus igniting a revenge story. That does indeed cover the first few chapters, and while revenge is the motivating force for our heroic half king, it’s not a glorious revenge (well, the book is glorious, but the revenge is sour). Half a King is an intelligent and powerful combination of adventure and vengeance filtered through the lens that reminds the reader revenge rarely turns out the way you think it should.

What’s not immediately clear by either the cover art nor the back cover blurb is that this book is less fantasy and more viking. Some of the beginning descriptions confused me until I stopped trying to visualize it like Game of Thrones, and instead visualized it like Eric the Red.

One aspect that I find most impressive about the book is how lean and focused the writing is. Let’s be honest: when was the last time you read a great fantasy book that didn’t require a six month’s leave of absence to finish? Half a King is fit and trim. There is only one point of view, characters come and go, and the plot moves quickly. There were so many scenes that could have been explored, but Abercrombie only tackles what it right and what is necessary. And so the book feels focused. It’s fantastic.

The other reason I find this book so appealing is because I can’t think of another YA author writing in this non-magical fantasy setting. Most other YA fantasy books are bursting (sometimes stupidly so) with magic and flighty fantasy: Harry Potter, Eragon, The Lightning Thief all come to mind. But Abercrombie has created a mature fictional world. It comes with normal men and women who kill or are killed, who beat or are beaten, who cheat or are cheated, who do what they must to survive. It is fascinating and heartbreaking to watch good characters try to navigate this gray and murky place.

As YA fantasy lit, the novel is new and fresh. Don’t worry if you found Abercrombie too vulgar, violent or lewd in the past. Half a King dials down the sex and gore by many factors, but Harry Potter this ain't - people die and life is miserable, even if you do have traveling companions at your back. Half a King will appeal to a wide range of high schoolers and adults alike. The novel is intense and lean, immersive and visceral. There is no reason for you not to pick it up. This is Joe Abercrombie’s best book yet, and you will love it. I certainly did.
5 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle An excellent read 8 aprile 2017
Di Natashalh - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I think anyone who dislikes Half a King on the basis of it being YA should read a few other contemporary YA fantasy books for comparison. With a few exceptions, this series is head and shoulders above the rest of the YA fantasy genre.

If you're looking for the extreme "grittiness" of Abercrombie's other books, then this may not be for you. If you'd like a quick, enjoyable read with a tight story and great writing, then you'll probably enjoy Half a King. It's sold as "young adult," but it is infinitely better written than most of the YA fantasy I've read. Although some reviewers complained that the plot was simple or felt rushed, I appreciate that it's lean and to the point. I love a long, rambling epic, too, but it's refreshing to read something that feels planned. It's a quick read (and the Kindle price is great!), so it's a good book for when you aren't looking for a huge time investment.
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4.0 su 5 stelle The adventures of Yarvi - boy to man 9 gennaio 2015
Di Cheryl Stout - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This is the first Joe Abercrombie book I've read - and I liked it - a lot.

Now, I read some of the other reviews on Amazon and I'm a bit perplexed. Others write about this being a Viking adventure from back in days of yore. That wasn't what I got out of this book at all. I feel this story takes place in the far future, after a cataclysmic event (possibly nuclear) has about wiped out the world and most of its people. There are a few "elven" artifacts left but most of the world has reverted to fiefdoms, with most technology dating back to the beginning of the Iron Age.

I liked the character of Yarvi, youngest son of a king, born with a withered arm and hand and thus not considered a "whole" person in this time of feudal battles, where holding your kingdom can depend on how well you stand up on the battlefield.

I liked Yarvi's coming-of-age in the story and his growth as a person.

Betrayals aplenty, loyalty, lifelong friendships and surprises, including one eye-popping one at the end of the book. I liked the misbegotten group of comrades that Yarvi gathers over the course of this tale.

Fast paced, exciting - all I could hope for in the first book of a trilogy. I am getting ready to start the second book Half the World (Shattered Sea) and am looking forward to a strong female protagonist (at least that's what I've heard).
4.0 su 5 stelle adventurous plot, fine pseudo-Viking world-building, sympathetic crippled boy hero-- just didn't fall in love with characters 31 dicembre 2016
Di kbirdlincoln - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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3.5 stars, actually.

All the makings of a fine fantasy romance you will find within: a plucky young prince with a handicap, betrayal, excellent comrades acquired through shared misery/adversity, some nice little Vikings-esque details, a hint of prior world-mythology (the "elf ruins" seem an awful lot like concrete to me, complete with rebar) and many, many pithy sayings.

Even Prince Yarvi himself remarks to another character that her mistress has as many pithy sayings as his minister-mentor. But there's only so many times you can read a pithy saying and agree with its cleverness and ability to simplify complicated dynamics and emotions-- and then you're a bit tired of hearing Jaud say "When you have a load to lift, you're better lifting than weeping" etc. when you'd rather bask in the emotions themselves that arrive from reading of a tired, beaten-down old man lifting a sick, young girl in the wilderness and carrying her.

So yet it again it comes down to me appreciating competent writing, nice action, the outlines of interesting characters, and fine world-building, only to be fine without ordering the next book in the series because I never got deep enough into one character to care what happens to them. No one to "hang my heart on" in this particular story, but that's more of a personal taste in literature (I want heart strings plucked and I want to fall in love) and not necessarily a comment on whether others who are more focused on adventure might enjoy this series.
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