Published Date: July 16, 2015
Publishing Co.: Harper Voyager
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This will be an overall review of the entire trilogy.
I read the first book, Half a King, eight years ago. I did not think it had been quite so long when I picked up the second book recently but according to Goodreads, it most certainly had been. I never take the time to reread anything, however, I somehow remembered a great deal of the first book. I think that speaks well of the author.
In the second book, Half a World, our petty crew of misfits is traveling the world, gathering support for the Iron King against the High King. Each book has some characters that you are familiar with and a couple new ones peppered in. In this edition, we’re introduced to Thorn, a young woman desperate to become a fabled warrior like her father, and Brand, a gentle giant doing his best to stand in the light, always. Both of them learn lessons the hard way on their journey making friends for an empire.
In the last book, Half a War, war breaks out. If you can imagine that based on the title. Half a war is fought with swords, the other half with words. Princess Skara’s kingdom has crumbled beneath the armored boot of the High King’s favorite general. She works desperately to keep together an alliance between the scraps of her kingdom, the Iron King and King Grom-gil-Gorm in their war against the rest of the land.
Most of this series feels much like a Viking tale of war however, toward the end, the elf magic is revealed to be something much more familiar to us. I won’t give it away, but it was a very interesting turn of events. Overall, I very much enjoyed my adventures with this motley crew and rated this a solid 4 out of 5 stars across the board.
11 thoughts on “Half a War – Book Review”
Sounds worth a read!
I think so!
How much of Abercrombie have you read? All of his stuff or just bits and pieces?
This was the first and only series of his I have tried. I’ve owned The Blade Itself since I first got my kindle years ago, but I still haven’t read it.
You should’ve gone another 8 years between Half the World and Half a War. Abercrombie is best aged, like a fine wine. Or cheese!
Haha, I could have! I’m trying to be better about finishing series though. Get my series ADD a little under control lol.
I need to continue that series. I read Half a King years ago. Initially I couldn’t get into it, but I’m so glad I kept going. It was excellent.
I don’t remember any issues I might have had when I first read it since I wasn’t doing reviews then. I feel like you would probably enjoy the rest of the series then.
There is something about my brain that doesn’t let it remember a book for terribly long unless I read it with someone else. Sometimes that’s book club with my mom, sometimes that me reading aloud to Nick. I’m impressed that you remember the first novel for eight years!
I can’t believe that I did. My memory isn’t usually that good about stories from that many years ago. I can usually remember vague things and how the book made me feel more than details.