Det Splintrede hav #3 Den halve Krig
Title: Half a War
Series: Det Splintrede Hav #3
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Published in English: 2015
Dansk titel: Den halve Krig
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Finished Reading: May 2019
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
Why didn’t I just stop at the second book, which was so good? Damn. My overwhelming emotion upon finishing this book is disappointment, anger and downright despair. Half a King was bad with lots of flaws that kept me annoyed, bored and frustrated, the second book was super cool with lots of girl power, cool characters and a decent plot but this is just a downright collection of all the bad parts of the first book. The story itself was predictable!
The story was told from three new people – it worked really well in the second book, but this is just a poor rip-off and the impact falls flat. In addition, the characters didn’t really speak to me; overall, they felt like cheap clones.
I felt as though Abercrombie himself butchered his awesome characters and in my opinion, he didn’t salvage it at the end for any of the characters.
Stick with the first two books in the series and just forget this one exists, you aren’t missing a lot, except for the execution of a few characters. At least I’m glad to see that others share my opinion about this book!
What a waste of time!