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Half Bad

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Half Bad

The Council tells him that they’re interested in maintaining the safety and security of all White Witches, even half codes. But that doesn’t change the fact that Nathan is only half White, that the other part of him is that of a Black Witch. As the son of the most dangerous and most wanted Black Witch of all time, Marcus, Nathan finds himself not protected, but controlled and alienated. He never asked to be the cause of his mother’s supposed suicide, the cause of his family’s weariness. He never asked to be constantly ostracized and attacked, to have his freedom slowly stripped away until he is thrown into a cage, chained up and subjected to the abuses of the Council.

Now, as his 17th birthday approaches, Nathan’s time to receive his three Gifts --- without which he would die --- is running out. With the White Council hovering over him, Nathan must choose: Will he obey the council and hope they will grant him his Gifts? Or will he escape and forge his own path?

If you’re looking for a psychological mystery, an adventure novel with a strong character and well-imagined world, don’t pass up this awesome read.

Sally Green’s HALF BAD is an exciting and well-paced first book of The Half Bad Trilogy. The reader is taken through Nathan’s childhood and experiences his thoughts and feelings. The writing is excellent and the pacing, though at times slow, ensures that the reader has all the information they need as they progress through the story. The reader is instantly immersed into Nathan’s life. I appreciated the amount of background I received, but found myself expecting more action. If you’re looking for a story with over-the-top magic battles, this may not be the book for you. But if you’re looking for a psychological mystery, an adventure novel with a strong character and well-imagined world, don’t pass up this awesome read.

Reviewed by Ashley Tran on March 5, 2014

Half Bad
by Sally Green

  • Publication Date: January 13, 2015
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN-10: 0147511461
  • ISBN-13: 9780147511461