Series: Half Bad, #3
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group on March 29th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Social Issues, Violence, Paranormal
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
The magical, stunning conclusion to the internationally acclaimed Half Bad trilogy.
The Alliance is losing. Their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Brynn, has killed fifty-two people, and yet he's no closer to ending the tyrannical, abusive rule of the Council of White Witches in England. Nor is Nathan any closer to his personal goal: getting revenge on Annalise, the girl he once loved, before she committed an unthinkable crime. There is an amulet, protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger, which could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance. But the amulet is not so easily acquired. And lately Nathan has started to suffer from visions: a vision of a golden moment when he dies, and of an endless line of Hunters, impossible to overcome. Gabriel, his closest companion, encourages Nathan to run away with him, to start a peaceful life together. But even Gabriel's love may not be enough to save Nathan from this war, or from the person he has become.
Set in modern-day Europe, the final book in the Half Bad trilogy is more than a story about witches. It's a heart-poundingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.
After waiting for what seemed like forever, Sally Green’s conclusion to her popular Half Bad trilogy was released in stores. Of course I ran straight after work to pick up my copy, and was lucky enough to get one fresh off the Barnes & Noble shipment cart. With fevered hands I turned the pages once I got home. I couldn’t contain myself, or my desire to discover what Nathan has endured since his father Marcus’ death. Has he gone power crazy? Will he and Gabriel finally get together? Will Nathan defeat the Hunters and the Council? Will Annalise get what she deserves? Will Jessica? All of these questions swarmed through my head as I read the opening chapter.
While many things happened as I hoped, there were also many surprises. I spent a great deal yelling at this book, but also did my fair share amount of crying. Don’t worry! I won’t delve into the crying fit I fell into once I finished reading it. Half Lost was everything I hoped for, and more. While some things happened that didn’t fill me with glee, I still believe Green ended the series beautifully, and also tied up all loose threads. Now that I’ve finished the story, I kind of what to read the series all over again, to see if I can pick up certain things I missed.
What I loved the most was how true to her characters Green remained. While I might not have liked everything they did, the characters never acted out of…. well, character. Nathan and Gabriel have grown a lot over the course of the series. So much so that I was shocked when Nathan realized he had only been at war for one year. Everything they’ve been through has changed them from the boys we first meet in Half Bad. While Gabriel stayed the closes to his initial persona, Nathan changed the most. He’s endured a lot in his life, and many of the choices he was faced with in this novel kept me wondering about what I’d do in his shoes.
On the description it states, “the final book in the Half Bad trilogy is more than a story about witches. It’s a heart-poundingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.” Nathan has endured loads of exploitation in his life, and has to do many horrible things for survival. After everything he’s been through, the question of whether he is good or evil has always remained constant. I really enjoyed how Green posed the idea of whether it was alright to commit evil deeds for a good reason. This made Half Lost, as well as the entire Half Bad trilogy deeper than your average paranormal story about witches and their politics. If you enjoy reading books that stay with you long after your finish them, then you won’t be disappointed with the conclusion to the Half Bad series.