Half the World – Joe Abercrombie

And Thorn strode tall through a thunder of clashing metal, the warriors parting before her like the earth before the plow.

Half the World continues on with Yarvi’s story, from the POV of Thorn. Oh, Thorn. How I adore her! Such a badass, savage, flawed character! And Yarvi is even better in this book, for sure. We get to see the multilayered sides of his character. He is cunning, smart, funny. It will be interesting to see where Abercrombie takes his character in Half a War! Continue reading “Half the World – Joe Abercrombie”

Half a King – Joe Abercrombie

And Yarvi realized then that Death does not bow to each person who passes her, does not sweep out her arm respectfully to show the way, speaks no profound words, unlocks no bolts. The key upon her chest is never needed, for the Last Door stands always open. She herds the dead through impatiently, heedless of rank or fame or quality. She has an ever-lengthening queue to get through. A blind procession, inexhaustible.

Let me start by saying that this is marketed as a YA novel, but it didn’t feel that way. This feels purely like traditional epic fantasy. Fucking great epic fantasy, at that! You’d be doing yourself a disservice by not checking this series out because of the claim that it is YA. Continue reading “Half a King – Joe Abercrombie”