Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.
Description taken from Goodreads.
If you need action packed into every page of a story, this one probably isn’t for you. It’s about witches, it’s fun, it has some action/adventure themes, but it’s more about witch politics than anything else. Well, as witchy as witches can be without having any magic. But you know.
What I appreciated most about this book was Nathan. He has amazing character development throughout the entire story, and he remains constantly unsure about who he is or what the decisions he makes imply about himself and his nature. He’s tortured and beaten at every corner, and all White Witches hate him (except his love interest, Annalise).
That’s pretty much it. Half Bad revolves around:
- Nathan’s horrifying backstory
- Nathan trying to determine who he really is
- Nathan being treated badly by a ton of people and treated nicely by a select handful of people
- Nathan attempting to find his father
And that wasn’t a bad thing. It was only after reading that I realized that there was no true plot, because I loved the narrative and I kept on hoping that Nathan would find a place for himself at every corner. I enjoyed his dedication to his family, and I sympathized him with him throughout the story. If you’re into backstory, or prequel-feeling books, then I would recommend Half Bad, but if you’re looking for a true novel about witches, I would suggest going to the second book in this series or Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. 2 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 380