Author: Joe Abercrombie
Title: Shattered Sea trilogy
Genre: YA Fantasy
Note: It is hard for me to review this trilogy without spoilers. I cannot make all the points I want to, so please forgive the vague nature of this review.
Blurb Book 1: Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain his throne. First he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it with only his good hand.
First Impressions: First of all, I love the book covers. Stunning, aren’t they.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Joe Abercrombie’s YA trilogy as his adult books are quite dark. I wasn’t disappointed, rather I fell for Half a King and couldn’t put it down. The minute I finished reading it, I ordered the next book.
Each book has different viewpoint characters
Book 1 – Yarvi
Book 2 – Brand & Thorn
Book 3 – Skara, Raith & Koll
I enjoyed all the viewpoints and felt for each character in their own respective stories. However, switching the viewpoints gave you distance from the characters you previously liked and rooted for, so it was hard to adapt to each book in that sense.
Loved: The enthralling pace and the intrigue running through each book.
Annoyed by: The constant reference to ‘deep cunning’ and a bit too much gritty talk of farting and snot. I did not like the plot direction in the last book and felt let down by it.
Final thoughts: I loved this as a Viking Trilogy, why did it have to become something else?
For me the end was unsatisfying. There was a great battle, which changed everything, but after that it all seemed too rushed and underwhelming. There is a lot I would like to say here, but don’t want to spoil the read for you.
I still think the Shattered Sea is a brilliant trilogy and really enjoyed reading it.
Recommend: To anyone who reads YA fantasy and fantasy in general.
Book 1 – Half a King 5 star
Book 2 – Half a World 5 Stars
Book 3 – Half a War 4 stars
Overall trilogy rating 4 stars. I really wanted to give it a 5, but the ending just didn’t satisfy me.
Have you read the trilogy, what did you think?