Saturday, June 7, 2014

Review - Half a King, by Joe Abercrombie

Half a King (Shattered Sea, #1)Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free eARC copy of this on NetGalley.

Say one thing about Joe Abercrombie, say he can tell a good yarn. @LordGrimdark does it again with Half a King.

There were some standard coming of age fantasy things here, but Abercrombie handled them well. He made the characters interesting enough that I cared what happened to them. And he even packed a few surprises and twists in there along the way. Maybe I should have seen some of it coming, but I went with it and was surprised in all the right places. Pleasantly so, most of the time.

So, was this book YA? That's the question. It certainly didn't feel like "kids stuff" other than the fact that the main character was himself a young adult/boy coming into manhood. I guess the lack of f-bombs would qualify it, though....

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