Nathan is a Half Black/Half White witch, half good and half bad, half lost… and half found? We’ll see. He is as torn as he has always been. The only thing that is clear to him is that Annalise, the girl he once loved, needs to die for murdering his father. With Gabriel at his side, giving unconditional love even though Nathan doesn’t really deserve it, he barrels towards the inevitable confrontation with Soul (and Mr. Wallend), unsure if he will survive it. We, in turn, barrel towards the ending of Sally Green‘s explosive conclusion to her Half Bad Trilogy, Half Lost.
More below with some spoilers.
Sally Green has given us in Nathan, one who is virtually invulnerable to physical pain (thanks to the Ledger), but whose emotions burn raw inside him – a toxic mix of hate, pain, and love. His character is so complex, the readers themselves are conflicted as to whether he is a character to be loved or reviled for his murderous tendencies. We can’t help but remember that we met him in a cage, and that’s what always brings us back to his side.
Two aspects of this novel jumped out as high points in a consistently well-written novel. Nathan and the Hunters gifts made even the smallest fights, incredibly interesting.
“The Fairborn is in my hands without me thinking about it and I stride up to them and slit the throat of the one standing. I’m still invisible and Floss probably can’t work it out; all she sees is blood and her dying partner, who now falls to the ground.”
The other is the blossoming love between Nathan and Gabriel, beautiful in its tragedy, and perfect in its simplicity. Gabriel is Nathan’s soul mate – his devotion to Nathan no matter how Nathan tries to push him away is wonderful.
Fans will be satisfied with the conclusion. It surprised me, made me incredibly sad, yet also made sense. Some will rail and wail about it, and they will be justified. You cannot be as invested as Green’s fans have been and not have a strong reaction to the way it concluded. I felt like it teased that there could be more to this story. What did you guys think?
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.