My review today is for Half a War (Shattered Sea Book 3) by Joe Abercrombie.

I was very excited for this book, so much so that I pre-ordered it and not-so patently waited for it to come out. I was not disappointed. This is the final installment of the Shattered Sea series. It was not a surprise that once again there is a shift in protagonist. I was expecting this after having been surprised by this move in the second book. As it turns out the new characters are once again great additions. Princess Skara, Vansterland warrior Raith, and Father Yarvi’s apprentice, Koll are the new kids in this book. Their stories intertwine in a variety of twist and turns. Skara and her story are at the forefront this time, and the book revolves around her plot. We still get the characters from the previous books making their way though this story. It is a nice blend of new characters with the recurring ones that we know and love.

As with the first Two books the story telling is top notch, Characters are intriguing and you get invested. The world is a wonderfully brutal viking paradise, the way I like them. This book seems like it could be a little more gritty than the first two books, and for me that is a plus. Overall a great offering by Mr. Abercrombie. I think a slight step below the first two books but still a very good book. The only negative is I was not quite happy with the ultimate fate of Yarvi. I wish it could have ended differently for the deep cunning Minister, I had grown rather fond of the character. In any case This was a fantastic series and I am now a big fan of Mr. Abercrombie. I can’t wait to read his other books that I have acquired while reading this series. I am also very anxious to see what comes next in the Joe Abercrombie bibliography!

As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.


This book is out NOW! from Del Rey books.

So go grab a copy!

Check out my reviews for the first two books of this series:

Half a King (Shattered Sea #1)

Half the World (Shattered Sea #2)



About the book:


Half a War (Shattered Sea Book 3) by Joe Abercrombie

  • Series: Shattered Sea (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (July 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804178453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804178457

New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie delivers the stunning conclusion to the epic fantasy trilogy that began with Half a King, praised by George R. R. Martin as “a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go.”

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. If she is to reclaim her birthright, she must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge.
 Only half a war is fought with swords.
 The deeply 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 only 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 irons wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness.


About the author:


Joe Abercrombie was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, where he studied psychology. He moved into television production before taking up a career as a freelance film editor. During a break between jobs he began writing The Blade Itself in 2002, completing it in 2004. It was published by Gollancz in 2006 and was followed by two other books in The First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged and Last Argument of Kings. He currently lives and works in London with his wife and daughter. In early 2008 Joe Abercrombie was one of the contributors to the BBC Worlds of Fantasy series, alongside other contributors such as Michael Moorcock, Terry Pratchett and China Mieville.