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Half a War (Shattered Sea 3) - Joe Abercrombie

Half a War (Shattered Sea 3) - Joe Abercrombie

These books are from an exclusive numbered edition of only 250 copies.

Title: Half a War

Author:  Joe Abercrombie

ISBN:  9780007550265

Weight:  990g

Delivery:  Extra £1.00 [heavy book]

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Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

Words are weapons
Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes.  She is left with only words.  But the right words can be as deadly as any blade.  She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright.

Only half a war is fought with swords
The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king’s minister.  He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace.  But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head – a man who worships only Death.

Sometimes one must fight evil with evil
Some – like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith – are born to fight, perhaps to die.  Others – like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver – would rather stand in the light.  But when Mother War spreads her iron wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness…

Peer & Press Reviews

What makes Abercrombie so good is the way the cut and thrust of the dialogue is every bit as dangerous as swordplay, and the clash of personal destinies matters as much as the shattering of empires.  Like Game of Thrones on an adrenaline drip, this is a full-throated war cry of a novel, counterpointed by grace notes in perfect pitch.

Daily Mail

Half a War not only continues on in the footsteps of its predecessors, but fulfills all the series’ promises in a way that rends the soul as compulsively as anything Abercrombie has written to date…  There is no right reader for the Shattered Sea Trilogy, nor is there a wrong one.  It a fantasy for all ages, and all times, so long as you’re emotionally prepared to have your heart ripped out.  Because, despite the titles of his novels, Joe Abecrombie isn’t one for half-measures.

The final instalment in the Shattered Sea series is the perfect ending to an outstanding YA trilogy…  Joe Abercrombie has long been the master of grim and gritty fantasy, but Half a War proves that he’s got all the skills of a master romance writer.  The battles are bloody, the twists are shocking, and the deaths are heartbreaking.


Bibliographic Info

TitleHalf a War
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition comes from a small print run of just 250 copies commissioned by a leading London bookshop working in association with the publisher.

Each book has a tipped in title page that confirms the book’s  number.  This page also confirms the name of the publisher and the month / year of publication.

Available numbersChoice of 32 or 153 [of 250, subject to availability]
SeriesThe Shattered Sea – book 3
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

British Fantasy Awards 2016 – shortlist (best fantasy novel)

Locus Awards 2016 – finalist (YA book)

Book Stats
ImprintHarper Voyager
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 139780007550265
ISBN 10000755026X
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)228 x 160 x 45mm
Packed weight1.013kg [heavy book]
Design Credits
Author photoLou Abercrombie
Jacket designHarperCollins Publishers
Jacket illustrationsMike Bryan (flame axes)
Shutterstock (castle, sea, back jacket flames)
Internal illustrationsNicolette Caven (map and Bail’s Point)

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