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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...
"There is little, nay nothing, that I can find negative with this book. Abercrombie is certainly a master at work, and I eagerly look forward to the next instalment in the series." Jo Fitzpatrick, Fantasy Book Review
John from USA
I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the premise for the story, however it was very apparent that this was generic hero\'s journey with a couple of interesting plot twists. The supporting cast was superficial(although entertaining) and lacked realistic motives or emotion. The setting was interesting but needs more development in the next two books.
Tony from Scotland
Enjoyable read, but felt like so many fantasy books I've read before, 'underrated hero has to walk very far'. On the whole pretty predictable, though I suspect a bland start is a good foundation to build with the next few books.
Setefan from New Zealand
After the magic of his first five books this is very disappointing. What happened to the real Joe Abercrombie?
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