Half a King
This review is spoiler free!!
This is definitely not my type of book. I decided to read it because Joe Abercrombie is one of my husband's favorite authors and I thought I'd prefer his ya to his adult series. That being said, I actually enjoyed this. I wish the names were easier to pronounce (I know it's silly, but that's one of my major problems with fantasy) and it's a little grittier than I prefer.
But the characters are likable and funny. Even the villains are enjoyable. And there's a lot of character growth, some for the better and some for the worse. And the growth isn't reserved just for the mc - most of the characters are well-developed and grow throughout the book.
There's a lot of action. Seriously, so much stuff is packed into this book. It's never boring. And it's not predictable. Since I mostly read ya dystopian (which has become incredibly predictable), this was a pleasant surprise.