A little while ago we were asked to review Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. This book is aimed at teens aged around 15. My twins are only 13 but have reading ages at least two or three years older so I though this book would a good fit for them. E, who is my avid reader was mid throes of a vampire binge when it arrived so Ff, who is more inclined to go for a jog that sit still for more than a few minutes decided that she really wanted to read the book.
The trailer really helped get her interested in reading it. You have to agree that it is quite a thrilling video!
Here is what Ff had to say about the book:
So what was Half A King about?
Half a King is a book about a prince, who is second in line to the throne, and doesn’t think he will ever become king. He plans to become a minister instead. But things don’t quite happen that way. He has a rough journey and has to fight for his life just so he can become something he does not want to be. Oh and one if his hands doesn’t have any fingers which makes it even harder for him! In the end though he sort of ends up exactly where he started.
What was good about the book?
There’s lots of adventure and excitement right through the book. The book shows Yarvi has a real group of friends who will do anything for him, even risking death! which does actually happen to a few of them.
I learnt about being able to eat moss, not that I think I ever would though!
It has a really good twist at the end of the book which nobody would ever guess at!
What was bad about the book?
I think the book is aimed more at boys. It wasn’t a bad book, I enjoyed reading it, but I don’t think really girly girls would enjoy it.
It was also a bit confusing at times. The twist at the end didn’t quite make sense to me. I finished reading it and was a bit confused about what had actually happened at the end!
If you would like to purchase Half a King for your older teens it is available to purchase here on Amazon.
Ff thoroughly enjoyed it and I think most older teens would find it a thrilling and adventurous read. However I do feel that I need to warn you that there is some killing in the book. I have to admit I’m not sure how detailed these deaths are, but if you have a child who is extremely sensitive to this type of thing then I recommend you check to see if it is appropriate before giving it to them.