Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Half a War (Shattered Sea #3) by Joe Abercrombie

Release Date: July 16, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Library
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter
Words are weapons
Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright.
Only half a war is fought with swords
The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king’s minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head – a man who worships no god but Death.
Sometimes one must fight evil with evil
Some – like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith – are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others – like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver – would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her iron wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness.

Oh! Oh! I'm all over the place with this ending! Just...

No spoilers, ok? This review is safe to read. By the way, that means that it took me forever to figure out how to write this without, you know, ruining everyone else's experience.

You're so welcome, random person!

Yarvi, amirite? That's who we all want to finish this journey out with! And while we do get to see how he plays the game, everything is not black and white.
Not that Yarvi was ever a good guy, but this time he might be crossing a few lines that come back to bite him in the ass. Hard.
Because Yarvi = Gray.  Um, dark gray.
Don't you worry, I still love you, little buddy!

Thorn & Brand are both big players in this one, but not as central to the plot as they were in the last book. Still. Stuff n Things happen, and it changes the course of this couple's lives.
I will say, Thorn remains the baddest badass that ever did badass stuff, and Brand is the coolest, sweetest husband ever written.

No! *voice breaks*

Anyway. Besides those guys, we get a new player, Princess Skara! And I loved her!
She has a bit of a moral compass, which is kinda odd, especially considering the company she keeps.
Plus she's really smart, and has quite the backbone, as well.
A triple threat, and they NEVER see her coming!

Raith is another new guy that I sorta fell in love with, but, like everyone else, he doesn't have it easy. In fact, he got the shit kicked out of him every time he turned around.
Come here, honey. I'll hold you...

So, does anyone get a Happily Ever After in this book?
Well, yes. But I ain't telling you who, and I ain't telling you how.
So, does anyone die in this book?
Well, yes, But I ain't...ok, I'll tell you. 

What does that have to do with anything, Anne?
Actually, nothing. But it was a cool whisper gif, so...whatcha gonna do? Besides, I promised to try not to spoil anything, and I'm honestly running out of things to say.
Ok, ok, ok. It was a great 3d book to a great trilogy, and I thought it ended the way it should have.
I'm definitely coming back for more of this Abercrombie guy's stuff!



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