Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Half a King is the first book in Joe Abercrombie’s “Shattered Sea” trilogy.  Set in a bloodthirsty and merciless Viking-esque era (as the back cover describes) “where a strong arm and a cold heart rule”, the epic fantasy tale follows the story of Yarvi, a young prince born with a disfigured hand.

With plenty of twists, betrayal and tragedy Abercrombie paints an unlikely coming of age story.

This fast paced and gritty page turner will keep you glued from beginning to end. Make sure you have the afternoon or evening free to finish it because you might find it hard to put down.