Book 23 on my “March to 100 for 2019″—Sally Green: Half Wild—The second book of a trilogy about a witches war in modern day Europe.
The first book, Half Bad, introduced us to Nathan, a teenaged “Half Code” born of a powerful black witch father, Marcus, and a white witch mother. The powerful white witch council wants Marcus dead and brutally uses Nathan in an attempt to bring true the prophecy that he will slay his father.
Marcus also fears the prophecy and avoids his son, but he is one of the few that can give Nathan his full power as a witch in a ceremony on his 17th birthday.
The second book opens after the fateful birthday as Nathan is trying to come to terms with the power granted him as a witch (each witch has one true power that he/she must master), the ability to shape-shift into a vicious animal. And he has to choose sides in a brewing war between the black witches, who have never trusted him, and the white witches, who have brutalized him.
What he really wants is to find and free the girl he loves, a white witch whose powerful family wants him dead, and live free with the one friend he trusts, a black witch who loves him and wants Nathan for himself. And Nathan wants badly to avoid fulfilling the prophecy that he will kill his father, a man he is beginning to know and learn from.
Admittedly, this is not my usual genre, but I am enjoying the outcast Nathan and his struggles to come to terms with his complex life. The third book in the trilogy is in the queue to be read in the next week or so. I am guessing it will be an all-out word between the black and white witches. Cue the special effects!
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