Det Splintrede Hav #1 Den Halve Konge
Title: Half a King
Series: Det Splintrede Hav #1
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Published in English: 2014
Dansk titel: Den halve konge
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2017
Finished Reading: May 2019
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted.
But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of a hard, cold world, he cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he has sharpened his mind to a deadly edge.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could. Even so, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, traps and tragedy.
It would seem like I’m the only one in the world whom had issues with this book. Beside it being so predictable and oddly written, I just couldn’t connect with the story at all. Maybe this type of book is not for me I don’t know. The dark fantasy was a bit too much for me, but if you like that, this series is something for you.
The writing is bleak and honestly, it’s not for me, you need to be in the mood for it I guess, however, I’ve never felt in the mood for that. This is my first work of Joe Abercrombie so I’m not sure if it’s something he tends to do, but I’m almost positive that I won’t be continuing the story. I’ve heard that you can just jump into this without reading his other work, so if my review of the book scares you, but you still want to read his “The First law” series, I’d say go ahead!. Frankly, I don’t get a rat’s ass as to what happens with our lead character Yarvi, he didn’t speak to me at all, and the only sort of emotion I got was pity.
I you like the type of writing in this book – then it’s really well written. However, there’s just too many figures of speech and the amount annoyed me, it’s okay to have some, and at times they can even server a greater purpose, I would just have liked to seen it more balanced out. There were some intelligent and beautiful lines in the book: Why kill what you can sell?,
You may need two hands to fight someone, but only one to stab them in the back.
I may be half a man, but I can swear a whole oath and A warrior fights. A king commands. Now the problem here lies that these sentences are repeated throughout the chapters endlessly, making the impact less strong.
I found many grammatical issues in the Danish version and a few translation mistakes along the way.