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Half a King

(2012)
(The first book in the Shattered Sea series)
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Yarvi, second son of the feared King Uthrik and the ruthless Queen Laithlin of Gettland, was born with a useless hand, and cannot hold a shield, or make fast a knot, or pull an oar, or do any of the things expected from a man. Left an outcast, he's surrendered his birthright and been given a woman's place as apprentice to Mother Gundring, Gettland's Minister, training to be an adviser, diplomat, healer and translator.

But when his father and brother are murdered by Grom-gil-Gorm, King of neighboring Vansterland, Yarvi is forced to take the Black Chair and become king himself - or half a king, at least - swear an oath of vengeance against the killers of his father, and lead a raid against the Vanstermen. Betrayed, left for dead, and enslaved on a rotting trading galley, Yarvi will need all his Minister's wit and cunning to escape, and all his diplomacy and knowledge to keep a rag-tag band of other slaves together on a month long trek across the frozen wastes of the utmost north. Among them are Sumael, the ship's single-minded navigator, Rulf, an ex-raide, Jaud, an ex-baker, and Nothing, a mad old man with a mysterious past and an almost magical skill with a sword. And their owner, the brutal Captain Shadikshirram, will be dogging their heels at every step. Father Peace may be the patron god of Ministers, but to reclaim the Black Chair, Yarvi will have to strike a deal with Mother War, and once you've invited the mother of crows to be your guest, there can be no telling whose blood will be spilled.

Genre: Fantasy
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Hardback Editions

July 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Half a King (Shattered Sea)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 0-8041-7832-1 / 978-0-8041-7832-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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June 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Half a King (Shattered Sea, Book 1)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 0-00-755020-0 / 978-0-00-755020-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Half a King (Shattered Sea, Book 1)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 0-00-755022-7 / 978-0-00-755022-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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January 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Half a King (Shattered Sea)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 0-8041-7841-0 / 978-0-8041-7841-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Half A King (Large Print Edition)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 1-4712-9478-1 / 978-1-4712-9478-5 (UK edition)
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2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Half a King (Shattered Sea, Book 1)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 0-00-755848-1 / 978-0-00-755848-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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Audio Editions

July 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Half a King: Shattered Sea, Book 1
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Recorded Books
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July 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Half a King: Shattered Sea, Book 1
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
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July 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Half a King: Shattered Sea, Book 1
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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July 2014 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Half a King: Shattered Sea, Book 1
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon AU   


July 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Half a King: Shattered Sea, Book 1
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   


2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Half a King
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
ISBN: 1-4703-9398-0 / 978-1-4703-9398-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Half a King (Shattered Sea Book 1)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: Del Rey
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July 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Half a King (Shattered Sea, Book 1)
Author(s): Joe Abercrombie
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU