Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publication date: March 24, 2015
Synopsis (from goodreads.com):
"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.
M Y T H O U G H T S
Half Wild takes place right where Half Bad left off. Everyone Nathan cares for is out of reach. Nathan received his Gift in Half Bad but he is trying to learn to control it. As a Half Code, he is half White Witch and half Black Witch which to the Council, he is seen as an abomination. The Council sends Hunters to capture Nathan but Nathan is on the run in order to survive.
The Council has a shift in leadership and Nathan befriends some witches who form the Alliance and want to fight against the Council in order to establish traditional values once again. Readers are introduced to some new fabulous characters. Victoria van Dal is an intriguing character and definitely one of my new favorites. Also, the friendship between Nathan and Gabriel is perfect.
Sally Green uses both first and second person narratives in Half Wild just like she did in Half Bad. Some people may see this as off putting but I didn't mind it too much. However, it bothered me when I saw all lowercase letters when Nathan uses his gift. It was hard to read and I wasn't too fond of the format.
Half Wild has a few twists and turns I didn't see coming. I actually enjoyed this installment more than the previous because of the character development. Half Wild is a coming of age story about Nathan figuring out where he belongs. He doesn't know who to trust since he doesn't know where everyone's loyalties lie. Nathan is still trying to learn how to control his gift which will become crucial to his survival and the success of the Alliance's plans. And that ending! So many things happen!
Half Wild is definitely a novel fantasy paranormal lovers will want to pick up. My review for Half Lost, which is the last book in the trilogy, will be up next week.