Half Wild


Title: Half Wild

Author: Sally Green

Series: The Half Bad Trilogy, #2

Publisher: Penguin UK

Release Date: March 24th 2015


Four Stars

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?

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“I’m…it’s like there’s someone, something else living in me. And he comes out and takes over. But I know he’s still me, another part of me, a completely wild, uncaring me.”

Half Wild picks up immediately where Half Bad finished, and in my opinion it is so much better than the first book. Nathan has received three gifts from his father and finally become a full witch but after the hunters discovered Mercury and attacked, and with Gabriel not yet having arrived at the meeting point they arranged, Nathan no longer knows what his next step is. In order to get Annalise back from Mercury he needs to kill his father, but Nathan is sure he will never turn against Marcus so instead he tries to find another solution.

Accepting Gabriel is likely dead Nathan has made the decision to leave the woods he has been camped in for weeks already when he runs into Nesbitt, a half Black half fain witch, who reveals that not only does he know where Gabriel is but he also knows the location of the Fairborn; the knife Nathan is supposed to use to kill his father and the knife he lost at the end of Half Bad. Nathan has no solid plan to get Annalise back but Van, the Black Witch Nesbitt takes him to, does.

In exchange for her help in getting Annalise back and convincing Mercury to wake her from the death like sleep she has been left in Nathan agrees to became a part of Van’s Alliance; a group made up of White and Black witches working together against the new council leader.

“Wild is an interesting word. We imagine wild to be untamed and out of control but, of course, nature isn’t like that; nature is controlled, ordered, extremely disciplined by all its elements.”

After Nathan’s escape in Half Bad Soul O’Brien manipulated his way to the head of the council, but he is cruel. Soul claims to be all about helping White witches but he kills anyone who crosses him, and is expanding the hunters across Europe to strike at Black witches where they’ve always been safe before.

Nathan doesn’t want to join the alliance, all he wants is to take Annalise, run far away, and live his life. However as the son of Marcus it seems that is never going to be Nathan’s fate. Still Van’s plan is the best he has so together the two of them, Nesbitt and Gabriel set off to try and find where Mercury is hiding, but the hunters are close on their trails and now being led by Nathan’s oldest sister Jessica now there are going to be more than a few close calls on their road to the alliance.

…The Characters

“I always thought a person’s Gift reflected something about that person and all I can think is that my Gift reflects my desires, and my desires are to be totally wild, totally free.”

Nathan has received his magical gift and no longer has to worry about who will perform his Giving ceremony, now he has to worry about how he is unable to control his power; every night Nathan seems to shift into an animal and when he wakes up he can still taste the blood in his mouth. Nathan has been changed by everything that happened in Half Bad; I wouldn’t say he was evil or cruel but he is sharp-tempered, unforgiving and quick to anger, the animal instinct that’s kept him alive so far has only been sharpened by his gift.

Although Nathan hasn’t met many Black witches he meets a few in Half Wild who despise him, not because he is half Black or even because he is Marcus’s son, but simply because he is a Half Code. The Black witches we are introduced to in this book are powerful but they do nothing for free, all of them have something to gain from Nathan and are willing to use whatever leverage they have against him. The only exception is Gabriel.

“I’ll stay with you always; go where you go always. I don’t want to be anywhere else. I couldn’t stand to be anywhere else.”

Gabriel is Nathan’s best friend but more than that he is in love with him. No matter what choices Nathan makes Gabriel will always be at his side; be it running off to save Annalise and risking Mercury’s wrath or joining the alliance and fighting against the council themselves. There is nothing Nathan can do that will lead to Gabriel leaving him but that doesn’t mean Gabriel likes his plan of saving Annalise or that he is a pushover when it comes to Nathan either.

“Tired?” he asks.
“Tired—yes. Angry—yes. Pissed off—ninety-nine percent of the time. Fun to be around—never.”
Gabriel smiles. “Who wants fun when you can have interesting?”

Together Gabriel and Nathan make a good team. Gabriel always seems to have a smile and a friendly word, he just makes people at ease around him, on the other hand Nathan is dark, dangerous and often has a very short temper but they balance each other out and work well together. Even when it seems like he has no one else Nathan always has Gabriel by his side.

Despite not being able to see them Nathan’s thoughts are never far from the people he loves; be it Annalise who is trapped by Mercury, Deborah and Arran who are still safe but so far out of Nathan’s reach, or his father. Nathan only met Marcus for a few minutes but he still wants more from his father, though he doubts he’ll ever get it as long as the prophecy of Nathan killing Marcus with Fairborn still exists.

The issues I had with the pacing and the way the story was set out in Half Bad were non-existent in this second book. There seemed to be much more at stake for Nathan, and for all Black witches, and it created a thrilling story I never wanted to end. Although after the way it did end I can’t wait to jump straight into Half Lost.

What did you think of Half Wild? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

29 thoughts on “Half Wild

  1. I sort of skimmed over this review because I haven’t started the series yet (I know I know… I have been meaning to!) by in glad to see that you enjoyed it 🙂 i have heard really great things about this series

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  2. I’m so glad that you liked this one, too! I definitely felt the second book was much better than the first. I agree that the pacing was a bit uneven, but the plot was much more interesting! I couldn’t put this one down. Plus, I grew to like Nathan’s character even more and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Gabriel. I think he’s the perfect companion/partner to Nathan 😀 Can’t wait to see what you think of the last one!

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    1. It was an amazing continuation of the series, and now I have high hopes for the third book as well! 😀
      I felt the last half of this book (when Nathan was fighting with the allegiance) was completely addictive, but kind of heartbreaking as well considering everything that happened. Gabriel is my favourite character of the whole series!
      I start the last one tomorrow. I’m very excited to get into it but have a feeling things aren’t going to end well for Nathan and/or Gabriel, despite how much I hope otherwise. 🙂

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      1. I agree; the last half of the book was most certainly the most thrilling part. And I won’t say anything about the ending, but I’ll warn you to guard your heart LOL. It’s about to get ROUGH. But I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. I’ll be looking forward to your review on Half Lost! 😀 ❤

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      2. It just never seemed to end, but oh that scene between Nathan and his father at the very end pretty much destroyed me.
        Oh my god now I’m terrified of this book, but at the same time I want to dive back into it and find out what happens next! 🙂

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      3. Oh yes, that scene was heartbreaking! You can see how it really affects him in the last book 😦

        And if you’ve already started it, I hope you’re enjoying it. And if you’ve already finished it, I can’t wait to read your review on it!

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      4. It was horrific, I just wanted there to be a happy ending.
        I’ve actually finished the last book and will be posting my review a little later. I pretty much cried for the whole of the last three chapters. Why?! Why did Sally Green do that to us?!

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      5. There is no such thing as a happy ending for this trilogy LOL. Those last three chapters of Half Lost DESTROYED me. After I finished, I just sat on my bed, staring at the wall and contemplating life. It was possibly one of the most heartbreaking endings I’ve ever read in a YA.

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      6. No there isn’t, I was reading it on the train and I did think I was going to seriously start crying at any second. It was so heartbreaking, just the whole of the ending. I can only think of one other book that hit me as hard as this one did, The Song of Achilles, but actually I think this one was a little worse.

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      7. Yeah, I think I let a tear slide or two. That, or I was just really quiet afterward haha. I needed some time to recuperate. That ending packed quite a punch, but it was so lovely at the same time. I’m just so glad we had the opportunity to read these books. Sally Green is brilliant. I’m tempted to read the trilogy again, even though it’s depressing as all hell. Now I have to go and get my heart broken again by reading Song of Achilles.

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      8. I let slip a few tears. I just turned towards the window and subtly wiped the away. Most people pay attention to their own things on train journeys so I doubt anyone noticed anything. I feel like I needed a book with a happy ending after I finished Half Lost, luckily the next book I picked up did have a happy ending.
        I think this will definitely be a trilogy I pick up again soon, maybe not for a while, I need some time to get over what happened in these books before I can start reading them all again.
        Trust me The Song of Achilles will break your heart probably as much as Half Lost did! 🙂

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      9. Oh which book did you end up reading after? I think I read The Wrath & the Dagger afterwards. That or The Immortal Rules.

        And yes, it’s a trilogy that is worth rereading, but you definitely need some time in-between to recuperate haha.

        I haven’t read an extremely heart breaking book since Half Lost (and even ACOMAF), so I think I’m ready for another one! Really looking forward to reading Song of Achilles 🙂

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      10. I started A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray. It was pretty much just what I needed, not a YA contemporary or anything but certainly lighter overall than Half Lost.
        I may have to wait a year at least before picking up this series again.
        Every so often we need heartbreaking books don’t we, and in my opinion The Song of Achilles definitely counts as one.

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      11. Ah I’ve heard both good and bad things about that series. But the covers are gorgeous and the premise sounds pretty cool 🙂 I’m hoping to get to them soon.

        And I agree. Books that break your heart seem to be the stories you carry with you for a long time. They leave a powerful impression and inspire great discussions among readers.

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      12. I think in a way I agree with both the good and bad things you’ve probably heard, but overall I’ve really enjoyed the series and I loved the last book as well.
        Definitely, of all the books I’ve read the ones I can remember the most clearly are the ones that were heartbreaking.

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      13. I’ve heard the story gets better in the end. I hope to pick that series up soon! Maybe next month or so XD

        And definitely. It’s a rough journey, but those books are usually worth it! 🙂

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