My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: March 24th 2015
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Witches, War-Setting, LGBT, Romance, Action
“You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad.”
In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he’s on the run–but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.
Poor Nathan, he’s all alone.
He lost his best friend, his sweetheart and the Fairborn. Now he’s in a cave, avoiding Hunters. The only way for him to get Annalise back is by killing his father – Marcus – and bringing his heart to Mercury. Then can be made a trade.
It’s been close to two years since I’ve read Half Bad yet I never forgot about Nathan. There’s something about him that just never leaves you. He’s not a ruler; he doesn’t command respect or obedience. He’s not a monster. What he is though is
He’ll bring Annalise back, whatever the cost.
Nathan’s focus on Annalise is, I believe, the main reason why many are disappointed by this sequel. He does continuously think about her.
But freeing the damsel is not the only thing this book is about. New alliances are formed. Friends and enemies are made. Friends and enemies die. There’s adventure, there’s action and especially killing.
Witches and Hunters fall like mosquitoes in the cold.
Nathan’s aggressive and dark side sporadically comes out. He’s not the helpless little boy we met in Half Bad anymore, so he isn’t going to let anyone step over his foot.
Sally Green’s writing managed to make me feel invested in the story, even when the scenes are not particularly awe-worthy. But of course, the narrator is the real star. One thing I’m thankful for is the nonexistence of multiple points of views, since Nathan is the only one whose opinion and thoughts I truly value.
Something that took me by surprise is the relationship between Gabriel and Nathan. I should have guessed where it was headed, but I had as feeling that two different plants would blossom into the LGBT theme, if you know what I mean.
There’s cheating, that’s the downside of it.
We could create a graveyard with the amount of deaths in this book. The war between the Black Witches, the White Witches and the Hunters is still going on. I didn’t get the impression that it’s going to end anytime soon, so I’m curious to see what Nathan and his crew will do to calm things down… If that’s their plan, that is.
They’re all pretty blood-thirsty.