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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

Numbered signed first edition, first printing




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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

Attribute Details
Title: Half a War
Book Features
Edition / printing: First 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 and year of publication.

Available numbers: Choice of 32 or 153 of 250 [subject to availability]
Series: The Shattered Sea: book 3
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: Yes – on the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Harper Voyager
Awards and prizes:

British Fantasy Awards 2016 – shortlist (best fantasy novel)

Locus Awards 2016 – finalist (young adult book)

Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780007550265
ISBN 10: 000755026X
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 497
Size (h x w x d): 228 x 160 x 45mm
Weight: 1.013kg [heavy book]
Design Credits
Author photo: Lou Abercrombie
Jacket design: HarperCollins Publishers
Jacket illustrations: Mike Bryan (flame axes illustration) | Shutterstock (castle, sea, back jacket flames)
Internal illustrations: Nicolette Caven (map and Bail’s Point)

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