A classic coming-of-age tale, set in a brilliantly imagined alternative historical world reminiscent of the Dark Ages with Viking overtones, the book tells the story of Yarvi, youngest son of a warlike king.
Born with a crippled hand, he can never live up to his father's expectations of what a real man should be and his destiny is not the throne but the Ministry, not the sword and shield but the book and the soft word spoken. But when his father and brother are killed, Yarvi is propelled to kingship and must sit in the Black Chair, between gods and men, and half a man must find a way to rule as half a king.
Thus begins a gripping switchback ride of a tale that will carry Yarvi far beyond his kingdom, from the heights of royalty to the depths of slavery, during the course of which he must find better ways to fight than with a sword, and learn the lessons that will make him a man. A thrilling fantasy series for readers of all ages.
'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 '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