The Alliance is losing. Their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Brynn, has killed fifty-two people, and yet he’s no closer to ending the tyrannical, abusive rule of the Council of White Witches in England. Nor is Nathan any closer to his personal goal: getting revenge on Annalise, the girl he once loved, before she committed an unthinkable crime. There is an amulet, protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger, which could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance. But the amulet is not so easily acquired. And lately Nathan has started to suffer from visions: a vision of a golden moment when he dies, and of an endless line of Hunters, impossible to overcome. Gabriel, his closest companion, encourages Nathan to run away with him, to start a peaceful life together. But even Gabriel’s love may not be enough to save Nathan from this war, or from the person he has become.
Set in modern-day Europe, the final book in the Half Bad trilogy is more than a story about witches. It’s a heart-poundingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.
“You’ve been away a long time. Were you lost?’ He sounds lost himself, half strangled and fighting to stay conscious.
‘Wounded, not lost,’ I tell him, but I do feel lost.”
Well, that was one hell of an ending to this series. I had my doubts that Green could end this series to my satisfaction. It is hard to end a series so steeped in emotions as its core identity without overwriting large portions of the series or just waving your hands and going “and everything was alright forever and ever” like a Disney film. This ending was completely in tone with the rest of the series, and I really liked it.
Honestly, I couldn’t care less about how they dealt with the council. I really could not work up the care. This series was never about the witches to me. It was about Nathan and his struggles to overcome what he has been through. I feel like it was a bit of a hand-waving moment with how Green dealt with the council. Everyone was dealt with exactly the way they planned, for the most part. It just bored me, I really didn’t care. But really, that is just a personal preference, not anything to do with the story or the writing. I just had other things I cared about.
Nathan, on the other hand, is the star of this book. I love seeing his struggles. He is pushing everyone away at first. He is so filled with anger. His struggles are my struggles as I try to come to grips with what happened in Half Wild. All the while, he has to cope with the things he has to do to resolve this situation. Eventually, he does get better, and we see a lot more relationship development. I’ve always been team Gabriel, and this book made me so happy. They fit together so well, and they’re so happy together.
I actually figured there would be more Annalise in this book, after the last book and what happened at the end. I really dislike Annalise, so the fact that she really isn’t in this book is a huge plus. After the first 10 or 15 percent of the book, Nathan doesn’t really even think about her that much, either. She isn’t his priority. However, I did know she was going to do exactly what she did at the end. I hate it, I hate her, I hate everything about it. I don’t want to say any more because spoilers. But, I called it.
You can’t really talk about Half Lost really, without talking about the end. However, the end is so not what I was expecting that I don’t even know how to talk about it without just giving away the ending. And then, the ending wouldn’t be as impactful. It was an ending that fit the story. This is not a happy story. This is not a kind story. I’m not sure why you would expect the end to mismatch the entire rest of the series. I think this book suffers in the ratings and reviews because it is not the ending people wanted, but it is the ending that fits. What I can say about it is this: Nathan becomes what he was always a part of.
This was a rough end for me. I wasn’t certain what I was expecting of the end, but I knew it was going to hurt. I waited for two years after this came out to get back to it because I knew I was going to hurt.
I hurt now.
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