I stayed up all night reading Sally Green’s first novel, Half Bad, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on the sequel, Half Wild, ever since. I was lucky enough to secure a digital arc of this, and I must say that the second book more than lives up to the premise and excitement of the first. Nathan’s continuing journey had me hooked from the start. I’ll go ahead and warn readers that spoilers for Half Bad follow, though I won’t spoil anything for Book 2.
The book finds Nathan soon after he’s received his three gifts from his father, Marcus, as he’s trying to acclimate himself to his new ability. The book follows his search for Gabriel and his quest to free Annalise from Mercury, with some surprising twists and romantic turns along the way. This book brings everything to the table and sets it all up for a nice, action-packed, and emotional conclusion. Nathan returns with his witty and awkward humor alongside some new and interesting characters along with some surprisingly familiar characters. Green delivers romance, blood, battle, conspiracy, and betrayal all in an exciting and fast-paced sequel, and she doesn't skimp on the character development along the way.
Nathan grows and learns, often the hard way, and he truly encapsulates the half and half, middling theme that underlies his character. He muddies the line between White Witches and Black Witches, and his character helps to showcase the many, many grays that exist between good and evil, right and wrong. Nathan must come to accept the gray in White and Black Witches and in himself, and it’s fascinating to watch him learn who and how to trust.
I’d say this second novel is another success for Sally Green, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Book 3, Half Life!
“An enthralling fantasy in the Harry Potter tradition.”— Time magazine
“A bewitching new thriller.” — The Wall Street Journal