Warning: Cliffhanger (Kill me, it would be more kind.)
In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he’s on the run–but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.
“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?”
This book fills me with so much rage. Not because it is bad or because it is a useless middle book in the trilogy (only partially useless). No, the story itself fills me with rage. And perhaps that is a good thing, it means I’m invested in the book. Just so many things fill me with anger. Well, one thing, I suppose. Just many, many times over.
The plot is pretty good. It picks up from the end of Half Bad and takes off running. The book opens with Nathaniel having trouble adjusting to his beast, living off the land, waiting for Gabriel shows up. Only, he isn’t going to show up because he is with the witch who saved him, and who later restores his powers. Then there is a lot of Annalise. And.. a lot of Annalise. Well, then they form a coalition between white witches and black witches to stop the the British council from killing everyone to gain more power. And then just more Annalise.
Seriously, I hate Annalise so damn much. Nathan is consumed by her very being. Can’t do anything without thinking about her without being around her without helping her without living for her. And, she is such a damn bitch. Selfish. No personality. Unreasonably boring. Most of this book is about Annalise in some way. Nathaniel and Gabriel fighting over going to save Annalise. Saving Annalise. Being with Annalise. Fighting with Annalise. Annalise being a bitch. Annalise Annalise Annalise. Ugh. Their relationship is built on nothing more than her giving Nathan the time of day and his not having any other options.
At least to counteract Bitchalise, there is Gabriel. I love Gabriel. He is such a good person who loves Nathan with everything he is. He is absolutely willing to die, but most importantly live, for Nathan. Willing to follow Nathan no matter what, no matter how much he gets put to the side. Spoiler: And, their kiss! Oh my god that was so cute. At times I was left wondering why Gabriel loves Nathan so much. I think this story might have been more interesting from insights from Gabriel at times, just so we can see why he cares for Nathan so much. Their relationship is the most wholesome part of this series. The love triangle is annoying, but only because of Annalise (she seriously ruins everything). I think Gabriel would be totally okay with sharing Nathan if it wasn’t with Annalise.
Lastly, there is the coalition the new ally, is trying to put together. Personally, I don’t think the world is ready for this kind of undertaking. Marcus has it right, that once the main threat is gone there will be a lot of work to do to make everything better. And, it shows in this book. They are constantly fighting. There is no mixing between the two. It is a failure, they were just to dense to see it.
While weaker than Half Bad, Half Wild is a good addition to the series overall. A main character who is hurt and scrambling to figure out how to make it not hurt again. A love triangle. And lots of a character you love to hate.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Half Bad series page!