Det Splintrede hav #2 Den Halve Verden
Title: Half the World
Series: Det Splintrede Hav #2
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Published in English: 2015
Dansk titel: Den halve verden
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Finished Reading: May 2019
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Thorn Bathu was born to fight. But when she kills a boy in the training square she finds herself named a murderer.
Fate places her life in the hands of the deep-cunning Father Yarvi as he sets out to cross half the world in search of allies against the ruthless High King. Beside her is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill. A failure in her eyes and his own, the voyage is his last chance at redemption.
But warriors can be weapons, and weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn always be a tool in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path? Is there a place outside of legend for a woman with a blade?
Some people informed me that the second book was better than the first; therefor I decided to give the series another go. We get to meet the same old characters from the first book, and new people that we get to know. The biggest difference between the two books are girl power, and not in the traditional way. Not a sword-wielding heroine who comes to save the world from mass destruction but instead, someone whom isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty when the situation requires it. This book has both kinds. Fans of the first book will be surprised by the very different view we get of Yarvi in this. I liked him much more since we get to experience what he experiences. We see his pain, insecurities and it awakens a different kind of sympathy toward him if only he was this down to earth in the first book, I would probably have enjoyed it a lot more.
I’m not sure, if the book is better than the first or if I’m simply becoming accustomed to Joe Abercrombie’s way of writing. I like how the point of view has shifted from purely Yarvi to Brand, Thorn and sometimes Yarvi; it’s a clever choice and these characters turned out to be very likeable.
The story is enjoyable, it contain a good mixture of action, and excitement, so overall it was a solid improvement from the first book. I will be finishing the series and maybe even look toward some of his other work.
Again, I’m not sure if all it took was getting used to Abercrombie’s work, but this didn’t feel as bleak as the first one.