Half a King

Publisher: HarperCollins

Prince Yarvi never wanted, or expected, to be king. His withered hand means he cannot grip a shield or swing a sword but when his father and brother are killed he must shoulder his responsibilities and lead his people.

When intrigue and betrayal snatch the throne from him and cast him into the icy waters of the Shattered Sea, Yarvi swears revenge on the perpetrators. But what can he do from the confines of a slave ship where the physical and mental hardship are overwhelming?

From the first page, Yarvi's story, set in a vividly imagined fantasy world, is gripping, fast-paced and hard to put down. Explores complex questions of morality, loyalty and obligation.

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Author: Melvin Burgess

This shocking and brutal novel is not for the faint-hearted, with its chilling portrayal of a bleak future, but Burgess's storytelling prowess is undeniable.

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