Half Wild by Sally Green

Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy #2) by Sally Green
Published in 2015 by Penguin UK.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: borrowed from a friend (paperback).

Genre: urban/paranormal fantasy.

My rating:

After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift – a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.Meanwhile, Soul O’Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response, an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?

Meanwhile, Soul O’Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response, an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?

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This is the review for the second book of the Half Bad series, so there might be some spoilers for the first one. Go read my review of it here if you’re new to this!

I really should binge-read series more. Every time I take too long between sequels, I inevitably forget half of what has happened and then need half the sequel to really get back in the mood again. *sigh* I did read my own review of Half Bad and even resorted to reading the post on Recaptains before I tackled Half Wild, but I still didn’t exactly remember what happened to Nathan and crew.

That said, I enjoyed this book a lot. I mean – is it the most original, wonderful fantasy I’ve ever read? Probably not. But it does explore some interesting themes and the characters are surprisingly well-layered, so I liked it.

The central theme, at least as I saw it, is still this balance (or imbalance, actually) between light and dark, good and bad. Nathan, being a half-code (the son of a white witch and a black witch), is rejected from both communities – from the good and the bad. It’s hard for him to find a place for himself, especially since most of them just value him for his ability to fight. His relationship with his father gets a lot more complicated, as do his friendships with Annalise and Gabriel. Gabriel, especially, was a very interesting character.

I remember Half Bad being pretty brutal at some points and Half Wild isn’t much different – especially as the war against the white witches escalates and the rebels get organised. I wonder how the story will continue after such an ending – and I’m looking forward to reading Half Lost as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.

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Have you read The Half Bad Trilogy? What did you think?

Should I be super excited about book 3?

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  • Yeah, I’m with you on binge-reading series. I definitely enjoy series better when I haven’t forgotten the tiny details from the previous books.
    I don’t know what it is about this series, but it hasn’t interested me at all. I do love books that explore the balance between good and evil though – it’s a very fascinating idea! I’m not always for brutal books, but it sounds well done here and fitting to the story. I might have to re-think not wanting to read this series!
    Great review, Kaja!

    • Look, wait until I read the last book – I’m not sure I can recommend the series as a whole until I’ve read it all. I’ve heard differing opinions on the last book (Becky loved it, I know that), so I’m still undecided.

      The brutal parts seemed to fit the story. I hate it when violence and gore are there just for the shock factor, but it didn’t look like that here.

  • GAH I feel you, it is SO hard to get back into series. Though, when I plan to binge… I never actually do, so that isn’t good either hahha. So I liked Half Bad, I LOVED Half Wild, and HATED Half Lost. But, I know a lot of people really liked it, so you might be fine! Like, most people I know liked it. Now I want you to read it ASAP to see what you think ;) Great review, I hope you love Half Lost!

    • Ohhh. I’m sorry Half Lost wasn’t for you! It’s like that sometimes, you love the series and the ending is crap. I always feel like I’ve been cheated when that happens because I threw so much time and money into the series.

  • Well, you already know I’ve read the whole series. I mean, I enjoyed it but it’s definitely a darker series. I liked the fact it wasn’t the usual YA and it doesn’t try and be cheery and make it seem like everything always works out well. Instead, it felt real to some extent. I also really liked the whole good vs evil thing because it’s not all black and white. The bad are not all bad or what they appear and neither are the good it’s all just shades of grey, you know? I think you should finish the series but don’t rush yourself it’s a bit of gut punch that last book.

    • Yeah, that’s a good point – it’s different from a lot of YA. You hear “a YA novel about witches” and immediately expect a romance of some sorts and it just isn’t that.

      I’m waiting to borrow the last book from the friend who lent me the first two. I think I’ll be reading it relatively soon though, I want to finish the series!

  • MissBookiverse

    Okay, so your 3 hearts rating made me wary but your review sounds pretty content. I absolutely adored this book. I loved the development with Gabriel, such a bold move of the author! And then Nathan’s relationship with his father and that ending, omg, that ending nearly killed me! Glad you’ll continue on with this series, be prepared to have your heart broken :P

    • “Content” is a good way to describe how I feel about this book. It was good and a fast read, and I’m looking forward to reading the last book. I agree, Gabriel is probably my favourite character of the series. I didn’t want to write too much about his for fear of spoilers, but I just loved how that turned out.

      But NOOO don’t tell me I’ll have my heart broken! :( Now I’m afraid. Uh. (And anxious to read the book as soon as possible!)

      • MissBookiverse

        It’s so mean about the spoilers. I don’t want to give this away to anyone before they can read it for themselves but at the same time I want to shove this series at people screaming “Look! This author got it right! READ THIS!”

        SORRY! I just want you to be prepared (and to pick it up as quickly as possible ;).