Narrator: Carl PreKopp
Length: 9hrs 33min
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
on March 24th 2015
Published by Viking Juvenile Goodreads
"You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad."
In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he's on the run--but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.
This book was so good. I listened to the audio book (as I did the Half Bad) and Carl Prekopp delivered an epic performance yet again. Prekopp is a vivid storyteller who leaves nothing to be desired. Sally Green…ugh this story. Part mystery, part romance, part science fiction and just all around amazing. The cover, let’s talk about the cover. On the cover of Half Bad you see a profile who I presume to be Nathan in red blood or smoke. On the cover of Half Wild you see the profile of a wolf or dog in green smoke. Now, if you’ve read this book, or the series you know what is really happening on the cover. I LOVE the way the covers tie back to the story so beautifully.
Before I continue, let’s get through this character list:
Nathan: 17, half white witch, half black witch, main character.
Gabriel: Black witch stuck in a fain body, Nathan’s best friend.
Annalise: White witch, on the run from her cruel family, attended school with Nathan.
Marcus: Most famous for killing witches and eating their hearts to gain their powers. Mostly estranged from Nathan.
Van: Black witch helping Nathan find Annalise, saved Gabriel.
Nesbitt: Van’s assistant. Half black witch, half fain.
Mercury: Powerful black witch, holding Annalise in a death like state in exchange for Marcus’s heart.
Half Wild begins pretty much where Half Bad left off. It’s been four weeks and four days since Nathan met his father for the first time and became a full witch. It’s been four months since he slashed his Hunter sister Jessica’s face and left her to bleed. Four months since Nathan has seen, or heard from Gabriel. The book opens with Nathan hearing that all too familiar cell phone buzz and he knows Hunters are near. Nathan has been waiting for Gabriel at the rondevu point but Nesbitt shows up instead, and he says he knows how to find Gabriel. As Nathan and Nesbitt make plans to return to Van and Gabriel they are attacked by Hunters. Nathan and Nesbitt have to kill the Hunters in order to survive. Unfortunately the Hunter Nathan has to kill is very special to Annalise and Nathan knows this could change everything between them.
Once Nathan and Nesbitt are back with Gabrielle and Van they began to work out a plan to get Annalise back from Mercury. What Nathan doesn’t know (but soon finds out) is that everyone wants him to join the Alliance of Free Witches or AFW and they want Nathan to get his father to join too. White witches are experimenting on black witches and killing them seemingly for sport. An alliance of black witches and white witches might be just what’s needed to bring down the evil white witches and let everyone live in peace. But Nathan won’t join the alliance until Annalise is safe from Mercury, now the story really begins!
This book is a whirlwind of adventure. From cover to cover. I am absolutely on the Nathan and Gabriel ship…just if you’re wondering. I actually finished this book almost two weeks before I wrote my review because my emotions were so raw after that ending. I sat down to write it once and had no idea where to start. I will begin Half Lost this week and hope to god I survive it! I will say this though, Sally Green is now on my auto buy list. I will read anything she writes.
Check out this video of Sally Green talking about Half Wild:
Have you read Half Wild? If so, let’s chat!
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