18 April 2014

Joe Abercrombie – Half A King

Posted by Dirk under: books; Kindle .

Thanks to the nice people at NetGalley.com I got a free early ebook of the new fantasy by Joe Abercrombie.

Abercrombie is a fairly new author (his first book came out in 2006) and this is his seventh novel.  He is fairly well known for his First Law series and for his grim and gritty dark fantasy style.  He also manages to add a bit of humor to keep his books from turning into The Road.

I am a fan and have read all his previous books and this one provides more of the same style of fantasy, though it seems to be a different setting than his First Law books.  Lots of violence, cool characters, betrayals, oaths sworn, vengeance dealt and fun stuff like that.

There isn’t really much in the way of magic, if any.  Off hand I can’t remember any, certainly not of the wizards casting spell variety, but there might have been some subtler magical stuff that I am not recalling at the moment.

I read it in a day.  I got an email from Netgalley after work saying the book was available, sent it to my Kindle and finished it a little while ago.  It’s an easy read and it rolls right along.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, the book will be out in the USA in mid-July.  Till then, if you haven’t read any of his other books, go get The Blade Itself and start with that.

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