Thursday, May 14, 2015

Book Review: Half Wild by Sally Green

A little less than a year ago I read the first of Sally Green's Half Blood series and really liked it.  The story, a dark fantasy following a boy named Nathan Byrn in a world of Black and White witches, moved with a breakneck pace and asked a lot of nature vs. nurture questions.  Nathan has mixed heritage, his father is a notorious black witch and his mother was a well loved white witch.  Raised in White witch society, Nathan is distrusted by all around him, as they feel he is destined to become as dark as his father.

Half Wild picks up almost immediate where Half Blood finished and is begins the build to the war between the Black and White witches that the series is clearly leading up to, with Nathan working for a loose alliance of Black and White witches against a draconian White rule.

The book was a lot of fun, but the immense cast of characters leads me to feel you should read the books back to back and the violence level should put the book at the upper end of Young Adult fiction.

Although it didn't wow me quite as much as Abercrombie's Half a King, it was a fun read and I'm looking forward to the next in the series when it comes out next year (hopefully).

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