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<b>“A fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go.”—George R. R. Martin<br></b><i><br>“I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.”</i><br> <i> </i><br> 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. And he must do it all with only one good hand.<br> <br> <b>The deceived will become the deceiver.</b><br> <b> </b><br> 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.<br> <br> <b>The betrayed will become the betrayer.</b><br> <b> </b><br> 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.<br> <br> <b>Will the usurped become the usurper?</b><br> <b> </b><br> But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds that his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.<br><br><b>Advance praise for <i>Half a King</i></b><br> <b> </b><br> “<i>Half a King</i> is my favorite book by Joe Abercrombie so far, and that’s saying something.”<b>—Patrick Rothfuss</b><br> <b> </b><br> “As in all Abercrombie’s books, friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect. With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, <i>Half a King</i> is definitely a full adventure.”<b>—Rick Riordan</b><br> <b> </b><br> “Enthralling! An up-all-night read.”<b>—Robin Hobb</b><br> <b> </b><br> “Polished and sharp, perhaps his most technically proficient novel yet . . . I dare you to read the first chapter and try not to turn the next page.”<b>—Brent Weeks</b><br> <br> “<i>Half a King</i> can be summed up in a single word: masterpiece. It’s a coming-of-age story. It’s a Viking saga. It’s a revenge tale and family drama and the return of the prodigal son. But most of all, it’s this: a short time alongside people as weak and blundering as we are and, in the midst of it all, as heroic. Far too short a time, as it turns out. What a wonderful book.”<b>—Myke Cole</b><br> <br> “<i>Half a King</i> is full of all the adventure I’ve come to expect from Abercrombie and a tenderness I never knew he had.”<b>—Sam Sykes</b>