Title: Half Bad
Author: Sally Green
Release Date: Available
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage. As a half code, half white witch, half black witch, Nathan is ostracized and feared throughout the white witch community. On each witch’s seventeenth birthday, they are given three gifts and blood from a relative in order to come into their full magical powers. Nathan’s only chance of gaining his is to track down an elusive black witch and mass murderer named Marcus. His father.
Half Bad is a uniquely written novel. Unlike many modern day urban fantasy books, Half Bad doesn’t just add its mythology to the regular world; it creates its own complex world chock full of customs and laws, then seamlessly merges it with our reality. The characters are, for the most part, wonderfully well rounded. Nathan’s character is especially interesting. It is so clearly shaped by all of the pain of his childhood, but not in such a way that it makes him bitter and unlikeable. He is not infallible, nor invincible, nor all-powerful like many other urban fantasy protagonists. Rather, he has innate talent in some areas while lacking in others, just like a normal person (he is also near illiterate, which is an interesting choice).
The story begins with sixteen-year-old Nathan, trapped in a cage, remembering his childhood and all the events that got him to that point. This lasts for half the book. Unlike many other long flashbacks, this one was so captivating that I forgot that it was even a flashback. The writing is superb, and the characterization is brilliant. I can’t share anything more, in fear of spoiling anything, but suffice it to say that I highly recommend this book to anyone, whether they enjoy urban fantasy or contemporary novels. Half Bad incorporates just the write amount of both, and will not leave you disappointed, I guarantee it.
Review by Annalise
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