The Shattered Sea Trilogy (2024)

LIsa Noell "Rocking the Chutzpah!

681 reviews413 followers

October 3, 2023

I loved this trilogy. My old reviews were lost back in October when Goodreads snuffed out my old review's, so the specifics have been lost, but we all know that I just go with how a story made me feel!
I will confess that although the first 2 books received 5* from me, the last was only 4*.
That was mostly because I felt that someone who had been sold into slavery and then became a ruler should have abolished that hateful and disgusting practice. In spite of that? I again, loved this trilogy!

Audrey Friedman

181 reviews5 followers

April 26, 2020

Definitely has the YA vibe going on big time but not 'stop I can't read this anymore' bad. I especially liked Thorn's story.


273 reviews3 followers

March 1, 2019

The idea behind this book was great. The world was interesting. What I hated were the characters and the endless love stories.
I could have watch half the characters drowned and be ok with it . Most of them felt empty .
Then came the loooooove. I have nothing against love stories, I like them, but they were too easy , I predicted everone one of them. I kept rolling my eyes because it was so bad.
There were some good twist here and there but I read the last 150 pages in an hour because I skip most of it.
Not for me. Don't recommend either.
Shame on those who compare this to Game of thrones!😡

Duncan Howard

Author5 books9 followers

January 12, 2017

I would like to review all three books together. First of all I would not overly recommend these books to anyone over the age of sixteen. Joe's previous books have been so good, so different from the usual genre books that I was always happily surprised by the dark heroes, the twists and the action scenes.
With this trilogy, and the first book is the best by far, it's like drinking a diet cola. It is not satisfying and leaves a faint taste in the back of your mouth that is not very pleasant. Everything has been dumbed down and it is so predictable. Joe has done three "There and back again" novels and 'half a world' is painful to read. I don't normally shout at books but I did with this one. By the time I finished the last book I felt like i had just completed a reading assignment from School (and I'm Fifty years old!) Sorry, Joe, but if you read this please go back and think what you did to this genre before this trilogy. Time to up your game mate!

Kathe Harwood

19 reviews

September 14, 2022

Shattered Sea comprises of three eye-catching titles: Half a King, Half the World, and a Half a War. While they are ostensibly young adult books in that they all feature young adult protagonists, the narrative voice remained maturely intact. There are many fantasy series that received undeserved comparisons to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, but in this case, I think the comparisons are acceptable.

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.

One of Abercrombie’s best features is his ability to craft lifelike characters one can’t help but root for, even when they are performing morally questionable acts. Shattered Sea blends low fantasy, sea-adventure, revenge, and political intrigue into a page-turning three-part story that kept me engaged. One of the surprising things Abercrombie did was have different point of view characters for each book, so in subsequent books, we get to see the protagonists of previous books through the eyes of others, and this changes our view on them in interesting ways. It’s risky since we are expected to re-invest our feelings in new people for every book, but it is a credit to Abercrombie’s skill that this proved to be no obstruction at all. If you loved Games of Thrones and craving a genre similar to that, I recommend this.

Ole Slattum

116 reviews

August 18, 2023

Shattered Sea er en litt smalere og ukomplisert trilogi fra Abercrombie, selv om den selvsagt inneholder nøkkelingrediensene til fantasy-sjangeren: Minimum tre bøker, middelaldersk borgerkrig, og ikke minst en mer eller mindre vag lovnad om magiske forviklingar.

Fiffig nok med mindre vage pek underveis i bøkene om at historien ikke er lagt til fortids middelalder, men en fremtids post-apokalyptisk middelalder, hvor sentralt er søken etter oldtidsvåpen, som potensielt da er av teknologi som ligger en god del hundre år frem I tid. Gav det mening?

Lille Yarvi, kongesønnen med bare en brukbar arm, er heldigvis ikke først i arverekken. Det er greit for han, det er tryggest i skyggene og kanskje passer det han best å forkaste familiebåndet og gå i kloster. Men så skjer det ting da, og planer går til helvete, plutselig er han konge, men for hvor lenge?

Abercrombie er god på historiefortelling, men enda bedre på å gjøre karakterene sine menneskelige, ikke bare god, ikke bare ond. Nå ville jeg vanligvis skrevet noe stygt om Ken Follett, men siden siste boken faktisk var ganske god, til tross for episk endimensjonale karakterer, utsetter jeg det noen måneder.

Uansett, det er neimen ikke lett å vite hvem som er den gode, hvem som fortjener leserens sympati og om disse sympatier må forkastes før siste side er lest. Og det er jo forfriskende flere forfattere burde prøve seg på.

Uansett lettlest og tilgjengelig sommerlektyre fra Abercrombie. Jeg fyrer av seks av ti alvestaver (om det er lov å si) for denne trilogien.

Susanna Neri

607 reviews20 followers

April 18, 2022

4 e 1/2 una gran bella saga, senza gli infiniti "spiegoni" che spesso affliggono il genere. Ingredienti ben bilanciati, storie d'amore e soprattutto personaggi non banali, con le donne protagoniste e artefici dei destini.


57 reviews2 followers

October 3, 2017

If you loved Game of Thrones, you will love this!


Joshua Abel

2 reviews1 follower

May 6, 2019

Not as good as his original trilogy "the Blade Itself".


43 reviews1 follower

May 31, 2019

bon bouquin de fantasy : pleins de combats, de traitrises, une pincée de magie, de la géopolitique le tout assaisonné avec de bonnes réparties dans les dialogues
ca se lit tout seul


1 review

August 13, 2019

Absolutely loved this trilogy.

Apoorva Jangale

35 reviews

April 21, 2020

The third book went there... I didn't think these characters could grow more grey bt they did.
Also brand and thorn are an amazing couple.


52 reviews

March 17, 2022

son els favs uah


8 reviews1 follower

February 27, 2024

Starts as a bland coming-of-age teen fantasy, but gets surprisingly darker and darker, with different POV characters on each book.

Poppet the Book Eater

26 reviews

July 24, 2023

Darkly human, believable characters, solid plot, refreshing independent view on a main character with a physical disability.

The world feels grungy and magically realistic within the boundaries the author has created.

The progression of the boy/man, who is the main character in the 1st book, is wonderfully mapped out in prominence as the main focus in the story shifts throughout all 3 books, but his importance remains critical.

Some characters are easy to relate to, some deliciously dreadfully hateful, others delightfully odd, and some enjoyable to imagine one's self being.

The world building is wonderful, the story engaging.


38 reviews

May 3, 2019

I really enjoyed this one.

I think its meant to be a YA novel, but besides most of the MCs being a little young there isnt much of a YA feel to this. I really like that many of the MCs do evolve and grow/change as the story progresses, not just necessarily becoming a better version of themselves.

The action is good, and the story/plot and ideas really excellent. Its an easy read and entertaining stuff, but its also well written and doesn't feel too lightweight at all.


157 reviews1 follower

June 24, 2018

Les 3 tomes en une semaine. J'ai aimé...

Lee Wordsman

6 reviews1 follower


April 5, 2019

Decent. First book seemed best to me. More potential than was realized.

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