**POSSIBLE SPOILERS: Do not read this review unless you’ve read Half Bad**
Summary: “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.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Witches
My thoughts: Half Wild is the sequel to Half Bad which is a story about a boy named Nathan who is part White Witch and part Black Witch. Because his father is the most dangerous Black Witch alive, Nathan is feared by many is and hated by almost everyone. At the end of Half Bad, Nathan successfully escapes the cage he was put in and is being chased by hunters set out to kill him. He manages to find solitude but is still being haunted by the thoughts in his mind. What was he going to do now? How is he going to find his friend, Gabriel, again after he disappeared? How is he going to stop the Hunters from trying to kill him? All those questions are answered in this action packed sequel that I quickly became obsessed with, making me eager to have the third book in my hands as quickly as possible.
Sally Green managed to write an even more captivating and darker sequel to her first book in this magical series. There are so many new characters introduced into the story who all serve specific roles in helping Nathan take down his enemies that are out to get him at all times. This continuation of the story also focuses on the development of Nathan’s slightly uncontrollable powers that he recently received from his father, Marcus, and now has to learn to control them. We also learn more about Marcus’ past he kept closed off from the readers and we also see his relationship grow and change with Nathan.
One of the relationships that I loved to see grow the most was Nathan’s relationship with his friend Gabriel. They both work together so well and know each other better than anyone else in a way that completely melted my heart. I wished there were more scenes focused solely on them because simple conversations they had throughout the story stood out to me the most because of their friendship/relationship that I couldn’t get enough of. Every character in this story all are so different and entertaining to read about, but I especially loved Gabriel who is kindhearted, forgiving, and open minded to Nathan who just feels distant from the world.
This story is very dark, full of secrets, violence, and mystery, and will leave you wanting more once it’s over. There’s deception, battles, major character development, and lots of kisses that made me wish this story never ended. I really enjoyed this sequel and cannot wait to see how this trilogy is going to wrap up considering it ended on a major cliff hanger. I highly recommend that you pick up Half Bad and Half Wild because the story premise is so unique and interesting and will leave you thinking about it for days.