Half a King : Shattered Sea

  • by Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by Ben Elliot
  • Series: Shattered Sea
  • 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A classic coming-of-age tale set in a vivid and richly-imagined world from Sunday Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie.
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand.
Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.
But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi's path may end as it began - in twists, and traps and tragedy…


What the Critics Say

"Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work" (George R.R. Martin)
"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 Riodan)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great story. Mediocre reader.

Abercrombie doesn't disappoint. Good story, if a bit rudimentary. The speak is not great. But ok.
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- Ivan

Good Story, OKish performance

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was a good story, and i would like hear the rest of the shattered see novels. Yes time well spent!

Would you be willing to try another one of Ben Elliot’s performances?

Not really, i thought he was dead pan and missed some of Joe Abercrombies humor

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- Warren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsHarperCollins Audio FictionHarperFiction - Fiction Audio - Digital