Half Bad, the debut novel of Sally Green, is not half bad, pun extremely intended. We are looking at the next YA movie trilogy, since some exec was smart enough to snatch up these rights. The first book of an intended three, it moves away from the current trendy female heroine that stands up to injustice/conformity/oppression/flammable clothing, and goes back to a male witch from modern-day England (hmmm…) — Nathan. Nathan is half white witch and half black witch known as a half code. Guess which half is bad?
In Nathan’s world, white witches are good and the governing body, while black witches are bad and almost always met with a violent end. The fains (humans) are not prominent, but are muggle in their ability to ignore witchiness. Nathan lives with his white witch family, sans mom. Nathan innocently ratted out his mother’s liaison with his cavernous black eyes and traitorous olive skin. His father is not only a black witch, but the most dangerous, most deadly, most hated one in the world. All witches, excuse me, white witches, get three gifts on their 17th birthday which reveals their magical ability. Nathan will do anything to get to his father so he can receive his gifts and escape a life of ostracism, hatred, loneliness, pain, and fear. How much pain? How much fear? How much loneliness?
The Lost Goddess is the latest thrilling adventure from author Tom Knox whereupon we follow young American archeologist Julia Kerrigan as she unearths ancient skulls in France; British photographer Jake Thirby, who decides he needs to do more important work than snapping shots of local Far East exotica for a coffee table book; and Chemda Tek, who’s on a quest to find out exactly what the Khmer Rouge did to her grandmother. All of this has all of them literally running for their lives.
The trouble begins when Julia’s fellow archeologists start dying in hideously savage ways. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, Jake and Chemda’s research team is also being hunted down and eliminated in similar fashion. Could it be just a coincidence that all of them are on a quest to unearth long-buried evil? Will any of them survive long enough to share what they’ve learned with the rest of the world? You’ll have to read The Lost Goddess to find out and believe me, you won’t be disappointed.