cover image Half a War

Half a War

Joe Abercrombie. Del Rey, $26 (352p) ISBN 978-0-8041-7845-7

War reaches the boiling point in the impressive conclusion to Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea epic fantasy trilogy (after Half the World). Princess Skara of Throvenland escapes master swordsman Bright Yilling, who is sent to raze her grandfather’s kingdom. She convinces King Uthil of Gettland and King Grom-gil-Gorm of Vansterland, who have made an alliance after the events of Half the World, to stop the army of the High King, who governs the land’s restless lords. Raith, a scarred soldier who still has a little mercy left in him, is assigned as Skara’s bodyguard, while returning character Koll, who is now apprenticed to Half a King protagonist Father Yarvi, must decide whether he wants to become an influential minister—and be sworn to celibacy—or stay with the woman he loves. Yarvi himself chooses to break the Ministry’s laws to get elf weapons; they may bring victory, but their magic will shift the entire world that readers have come to know. Abercrombie piles on shocking betrayals and charges his characters a high price for vengeance in this powerful and fitting final volume. [em](Aug.) [/em]