Friday, 15 January 2016

Half a World by Joe Abercrombie a Book for Teen Boys

I love Joe Abercrombie's dark style and flawed characters. Logan Ninefingers is my favourite character of all time and though he does not appear in the Shattered Sea Series, I enjoyed the books. His adult Fantasy books offer a world of power games, violence, and character's trying to do better than their pasts. This formula works well in this young adult series, which teen boys will love.

Book two of the Shattered Seas trilogy did not disappoint. The main character shifts from Prince Yarvi to Thorn as they journey to the first city and back. We are graced with the appearance of characters from book one and how they have landed on their feet. Yarvi is an important character in this story as he steers it like a boat moving up the Devine.

Thorn is a girl with a chip on her shoulder trying to prove she is as good as the boys she trains with. Her narrow selfish point of view rubs others the wrong way, everyone but Brand who just can't help himself from doing the right thing. The two stand as foils to the other as they find their places in the world.

The first book in the trilogy, Half a King
The second book in the trilogy, Half a World
The third book in the trilogy, Half a War

From Joe Abercrombie's Website:

Sometimes a girl is touched by mother war.Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. 
Sometimes a woman becomes a warriorFate traps her in the schemes – and on the ship – of the deep-cunning minister Father Yarvi. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit. 
Sometimes a warrior becomes a weaponBeside her on her gruelling journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill. A failure in his eyes and hers, he has one chance at redemption. 
And weapons are made for one purposeWill Thorn forever be a tool in the hands of the powerful or can she carve her own path? Is there a place beyond legend for a woman with a blade?

A Book for Teen Boys and Advanced Readers 

I love Game of Throne's type stories where characters are flawed, good doesn't always win and sometimes the evil has grains of goodness. As a parent I am leery of giving Game of Thrones to my impressionable Teen son who is still trying to discover his own way in the world of relationships. The main characters in Half a World are also testing the stormy relationship waters, while finding their place in their world.

Half a World by Joe Abercrombie is appropriate for teen boys and within the same genre as Game of Thrones where the powerful play games with other people's lives.

Click to Read Reviews of Half a World by Joe Abercrombie. 

About the blog poster:

Shannon Peel is the author of THIRTEEN, a coming of age story about a boy, his single mom, a cop, and an invading army all set in modern day Canada.  What if you woke up one morning to the sounds of gunfire? What would you do? Could you survive without power, communications, or transportation? Shannon Peel asks these questions in her debut novel, THIRTEEN.

Click to find out more about her book for boys.  

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