Name – Half Lost.
Author – Sally Green.
Publisher – Viking Books for Young Readers.
Publication date – 29th March 2016.
Series status – Final book in the Half Bad trilogy.
This review may contain spoilers for books 1 and 2.
This is the final battle.
The Alliance is losing the war, and their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Byrn, is losing his mind. Nathan’s tally of kills is rising, and yet he’s no closer to ending the tyrannical 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. An amulet protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance, but this 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, urges 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-achingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
It has taken me so long to review this book. I have no idea how to start this so I’ll just guess I’ll start by saying, this book ripped my heart into a million pieces.
This was definitely my favourite book of the trilogy. This was such a good series, there was a bit of a 2nd book slump but this finale blew me away. It was super fast paced and it really kept me on edge the whole way through. I seriously had no clue how the ending would pan out.
I have a love hate relationship with Nathan. He is definitely an anti-hero type of character but I liked him for the most part. It was really interesting learning all about Nathan’s new powers and his battle to control them. I did hate the way that he pushed his friends away especially Gabriel. I just wanted to scream at him that people actually cared about him.
Gabriel was by far my favourite character. He was so supportive of Nathan and I loved the relationship the 2 of them had.
I hated Celia in the 1st book but when she came back with the alliance I started to like ger more and more. I could never forgive her for what she did to Nathan but I always knew she cared about Nathan in her own weird way.
BUT THAT ENDING THOUGH. SOMEONE TELL ME WHY?
I think this book brought up some really important themes. The main one been darkness vs light. I basically got that in ALL of us there is light and dark parts. I don’t think I could think of one person who is one or the other. Everyone has dark parts and light parts, one cannot survive without the other and that’s just the way human beings were built. I think that in the end, Nathan accepted been a half code and that is just who he is.
This was also a really good coming of age story. We follow Nathan from the start of his journey and we get to see him grow as a person, accept who he really is and stop trying to fight who he really is.
The ending was SO FREAKING SAD! But it was perfect. I can’t go into much detail because spoilers but it really fitted the story and even though it broke my heart, it was the right way for the story to end. But SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME PUT MY BROKEN HEART BACK TOGETHER.
I really loved the first book, I fell in love with the way Sally Green wrote the book and I especially loved the parts written in the 2nd person. The 1st half of the 2nd book was slightly slow but the last half made up for it. But Half Lost was definitely my favourite. It blew me away and I really feel like the writer grew and her writing got better. I’m so sad this series has come to an end.
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