Shattered Sea

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,484 ratings

Half a King Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • Half a King

    • Shattered Sea, Book 1
    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,832
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,668
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,667

    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 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Formula is not the opposite of gritty; it's just..

    • By David on 07-25-14

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Half a King

    • Shattered Sea, Book 1
    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 110

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story. Mediocre reader.

    • By Ivan on 05-23-16

    Regular price: $16.77

  • Book 2

    • Half the World

    • Shattered Sea, Book 2
    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    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 warrior Fate 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.

    Regular price: $16.77

    • Half the World

    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 13 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231

    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 a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior. She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland’s deeply cunning minister. 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 weapon. Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption. And weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Teen Assassin at Large

    • By Skipper on 09-17-15

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 3

    • Half a War

    • Shattered Sea, Book 3
    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: Ben Elliot
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

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

    Regular price: $16.77

    • Half a War

    • By: Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated by: John Keating
    • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 951
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 951

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderfully written. Hugely entertaining.

    • By Joe falcone on 09-12-15

    Regular price: $31.49