This book is in
SBR's 2016 Top Ten Reads
Publication date: 31 March 2016
Published by: Penguin
Genre: YA Fantasy / Dystopia
Nathan Byrn is running again. The Alliance of Free Witches has
been all but destroyed. Scattered and demoralized, constantly pursued by
the Council's Hunters, only a bold new strategy can save the rebels
from total defeat. They need the missing half of Gabriel's amulet - an
ancient artifact with the power to render its bearer invincible in
But the amulet's guardian - the reclusive
and awesomely powerful witch Ledger - has her own agenda. To win her
trust, Nathan must travel to America and persuade her to give him the
amulet. Combined with his own Gifts, the amulet might just be enough to
turn the tide for the Alliance and end the bloody civil war between
Black and White witches once and for all...
Sooz Book Reviews Gold Seal of Approval
This is the final instalment of the Half Bad series by Sally Green. The previous two books, Half Bad and Half Wild have also been reviewed on this blog.
In my review of Half Lost, I had observed that the book lacked the hard-hitting dystopian feel of the first one. Well, not the case with Half Lost, which returns to the original style. It pulls no punches, so be prepared for a heart-wrenching read that will more than likely reduce you to tears and have you thinking about it for days, if not weeks, after you have finished it. Or at least, that was my experience. Every now and then, I still think of Nathan and have to remind myself that he is not real - just a fictional character who exists in Sally Green's imagination.
I will not delve into the plot for this review because I don't think I can do so without ruining it for would-be readers - and that would be a shame.
All I can say is that I loved this book so much, it is what I consider to be the best that it's genre has to offer. As such, I cannot recommend it highly enough for lovers of true Dystopia.