I am delighted to announce that the UK edition of Half a King is published today: in Hardcover, Ebook, and unabridged audiobook read by Ben Elliot.
“Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain his throne.
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.
The deceived will become the deceiver.
Born a weakling in the eyes of the world, Yarvi cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.
The Betrayed will become the betrayer.
Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast, he finds they can help him more than any noble could.
Will the usurped become the usurper?
Even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi’s path may end as it began – in twists, and traps and the death of a king…”
A few kind words about the book from critics and peers…
“Joe Abercrombie does it again. Half a King is another page-turner from Britain’s hottest young fantasist, a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page one and refused to let go.”
– George RR Martin, author of A Game of Thrones
“Half a King is a remarkable achievement — thrilling, enthralling, and relentless. The action is frenetic, the characters are as sharp as the blades they wield, and the humour is biting.”
– Derek Landy, author of the Skulduggery Pleasant novels
“Abercrombie’s stellar prose style and clever plot twists will be sure to please both adult and teen readers.”
– Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Enthralling. An up-all-night read.”
– Robin Hobb, author of the Farseer novels
“I got all the grit that I love in Abercrombie, and the craft, and the character…but it never got so far as being bleak. Simply said, I think this is my favorite Abercrombie book yet. And that’s really saying something.”
– Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind
“Gripping as a bear hug, warming as a bear skin.”
– The Daily Mail
“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, Half a King is definitely a full adventure.”
– Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson books
“Classic Abercrombie, and yet also something unexpected — grimdark fantasy for people who aren’t necessarily very young.”
– SFX, 5 star review
And here’s the book trailer:
I’ve already done five great events on tour and there are plenty more to go, including a signing in Central London this afternoon (3rd July) from 4.30 at the wonderful Goldsboro Books, Covent Garden, where the first 100 in line will get numbered 1st Editions from a limited run of 250. But if you can’t make a signing, worry not, Waterstones up and down the country have signed stock and Amazon are offering the hardcover for a cutting-our-own-throats £5 and the kindle for £4.35. Sound good to you? You’ll find some buying options, further information and a considerable extract over here.