Half The World

The Thorn Iden­tity

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Re­lease Date: OUT NOW! 496 pages | Hard­back/ ebook Au­thor: Joe Abercrombie Pub­lisher: Harper Voy­ager

This sec­ond book in the Shat­tered Sea se­ries picks up the story some years af­ter Half A King, and although Yarvi is still present he’s no longer the char­ac­ter of fo­cus. In­stead, the story fol­lows Thorn and Brand, a pair of way­ward teenagers play­ing their roles in se­cur­ing Get­t­land’s fu­ture. Thorn is a de­light, all snarls and blood lust, which com­ple­ments Brand’s gen­tler strengths.

Half The World feels more like YA, prob­a­bly thanks to the sur­pris­ingly ten­der ( and glar­ingly ob­vi­ous) ro­mance. There’s still a fair amount of Abercrombie’s sig­na­ture laugh- out- loud hu­mour, and plenty of blood and gore, though the book doesn’t feel as grim or dark as the last one – per­haps the au­thor’s sav­ing all that for the third in­stal­ment? Bri­die Ro­man Joe Abercrombie was killed off by Terry Brooks in The High Druid’s Blade, thanks to his edi­tor’s win­ning char­ity auc­tion bid.

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