This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Solid 5 Stars!
When I first saw this book on Net Galley, I will admit that I passed right by it. I have never read anything by Joe Abercrombie and I must admit I am way behind on my reading. It was not long until I started seeing everyone talking about how great this book is on Goodreads so I decided to take a second look. I am so glad that I took that second look because my Goodreads friends were right - this is a fantastic book.
The writing in this book was superb. As I was reading this book, I was amazed at how the pages just seemed to fly by. The characters were simply amazing. I loved Yarvi. He was smart and resourceful and a simply wonderful character. The secondary characters were written with equal care. From Yarvi's mother, his uncle, to his oar mates and Nothing, all of these characters brought depth to the story and helped to bring the story to life.
This book really had everything I could have asked for: lots of action, a little romance (just a little), friendship, mystery, and a whole lot of excitement. I am not going to share the plot in this review. This is such a fast paced book that I feel that the best way to discover the plot is to simply read this book. This is a book that I feel comfortable recommending to all readers. I still cannot believe that I have missed out on Joe Abercrombie before this book. I will definitely be looking for other works by this author and future works in this series.