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Half a King

Shattered Sea, Book 1
Sprecher: Ben Elliot
Serie: Shattered Sea, Titel 1
Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 25 Min.
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Sunday Times best-selling author Joe Abercrombie has created a richly detailed fantasy epic in Half a King, Book One of the phenomenal Shattered Sea audiobook series, unabridged and narrated by American actor Ben Elliot. Young Prince Yarvi is an embarrassment to his father. He is small and intelligent, a far cry from the muscled thugs in the kingdom. It is in exile that he finds friends who accept him for who he is and together they form an army. Setting out to reclaim his right to the throne, Yarvi can use only his mind as the ultimate weapon. Available now from Audible.

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A classic coming-of-age tale set in a vivid and richly-imagined world from Sunday Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie.

Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand.

Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.

But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi's path may end as it began - in twists, and traps and tragedy…

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Kritikerstimmen

"Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work" (George R.R. Martin)
"Abercrombie writes fantasy like no one else" ( Guardian)
"This is my favourite Abercrombie book yet" ( Patrick Rothfuss)
"Joe Abercrombie is fast becoming my favourite writer. Half a King is a remarkable achievement - thrilling, enthralling, and relentless. The action is frenetic, the characters are as sharp as the blades they wield, and the humour is biting. It's sure to garner him a whole new legion of fans" ( Derek Landy)
"Enthralling. An up-all-night read" ( Robin Hobb)
" Half a King can be summed up in a single word: Masterpiece" ( Myke Cole)
"With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure" ( Rick Riodan)

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Vorsicht: Unangenehme Sprecherstimme

An seine fulminante Klingen-Romane reicht die Königs-Trilogie nicht ansatzweise heran; die Reihe ist eher für Kinder gedacht - sowohl sprachlich als auch was Tiefgang angeht. Mit Elliots piepsiger, krächzender Stimme ist es leider auch nicht möglich, das Hörbuch zum Entspannen zu hören.

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Thrilling from start to finish

This book is short, fast-paced and full of interesting plot-twists. There are several interesting characters, and they are fleshed out as good as the space allows. Considering the brevity of the book, a lot of great plot happens. The fictitious world is not described in as much detail as in longer fantasy books by Abercrombie or others, but that does not matter for the plot. The prose is beautiful and intense. The book feels less, how shall I put this, dirty or sarcastic than Abercrombie's previous offerings. Probably because it is classified as young adult fiction. And it seems to be set in a different world. But I enjoyed it just as much.

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Very tropie story and weakest part in the trilogy

This first book of the shattered sea triology has a rough start. The heroes journey is a classic one, not completly original, maybe morally more ambigious than elswhere in ya fiction. The characters are sometimes well crafted and interesting but often not too deep and archetypical. The following books in the series improve a little in that regard.
The best thing I can say about the audiobook narration is that it is clear articulated but it fails in pacing and character coloration and has a flat delivery.

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Abercrombie durch und durch

Wie bei First Law, sind auch hier die Charaktere sehr toll ausgearbeitet. Abercrombie lässt auch hier seinem fast schon poetischen Schreibstiel freien Lauf. Tolles Buch. Kann es kaum abwarten, dass 2. Buch zu hören.