Half Truths follows Gabriel’s story from the time he arrives Switzerland, seeking help in recovering his magical powers from the conniving Black Witch Mercury, and goes up until the moment when he first meets Nathan and their paths become forever intertwined.
For the new reader, this is the perfect bite-sized introduction to the world of Half Bad, where witches and humans live alongside one another. And for the returning reader, this story sheds new light on one of the trilogy’s most beloved characters.
“I’m smiling. I’m supposed to be a Black Witch and I’m smiling like a little kid.”
WARNING: This is not #0.6 in the series. DO NOT READ BEFORE BOOK ONE. You will heavily spoil yourself if you read this before book one. I have honestly no idea why this is is labeled #0.6 on Goodreads and elsewhere.
Chronologically, this short story takes place during parts of the first book, Half Bad. Overall, this was interesting, but I just don’t see how it was necessary at all. It doesn’t really add anything to the story at all. There isn’t a solid beginning, middle, or end. There are some scenes in common with the first book. Honestly, this just feels like an excuse to show Gabriel’s point of view, but didn’t actually have anything to give him to show.
There were actually a lot of unnecessary bits to this already tiny novella. We don’t get any insights into the characters (Gabriel or Nathan or even Mercury). It shows a minor romance that peters out before anything happens. It shows a bit more rivalry between witches, this time between half witches and full. Overall, nothing special at all.
Overall, this is so unnecessary, I’m kind of annoyed I read it.
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