Publisher: Random House
Publishing Date: February 2015
Publisher Description: New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie’s thrilling new series continues in the follow-up to Half a King, which George R. R. Martin hailed as “a fast-paced tale of betrayal and revenge that grabbed me from page 1 and refused to let go.”
Review: Thorn trains to be a warrior at a very young age with Brand, and accidentally kills another trainee during an unfair event. She is sentenced to die and unbeknownst to her, Brand intercedes on her behalf and the Kings minister grants her a reprieve if she takes an oath to serve the minister. She and Brand embark on quest with the minister and a rough crew to find allies that will help defend their kingdom against other realms that threaten their existence.
One of the best epic world building novels I have read that hints of magic long lost, but doesn’t rely on it to expedite the story line. Thorn is a wonderfully built character who embodies stubbornness, warrior spirit and a hidden longing to be accepted and loved. The journey (movement) builds the characters and matures Thorn and Brand, who begin to realize that repulsiveness is attractions twin. MEOW!! On the long journey Thorn trains with an old crone to become one the best fighters in the land and eventually……..well I can’t give it away can I?
Get this novel, its a great ride and will keep you up well past your bedtime.