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Dec 16 2015

Half wild by Sally Green

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Penguin, 2015. ISBN 9780141350882
(Age: Older teens) Half wild by Sally Green is the next instalment in the exciting and enthralling story of Nathan Byrn, a half code, half White Witch and half Black Witch, and his continuous flight from the White Witch Council's Hunters who are out to capture him and any other Black Witch they come across. As Nathan continues to traverse the countryside, living off the land and being close to nature, he carries out his search to find his one friend, Gabriel, to assist him in breaking a curse and waking his childhood sweetheart, Annalise. But not only has Nathan's love life gotten more complicated, but so have both his relationships with his father and the internal relationship Nathan has with his gift. With an abundance of new allies, enemies and in-between, it's time to see how much of his life Nathan can really control and if he can really make a difference in the world of witches, will he risk what he has already for the good of others?
Half wild is a fantastic novel that places the reader in a front row seat to the theatre of Nathan Byrn's mind and actions. The characters in Half wild are all individual and relatable in various ways as moral decisions are put on the table and are discussed with emotion throughout the storyline. This novel is suited for an older teenage audience as it can be quite graphic with themes of violence and gore. Half wild contains many other themes as well including action, adventure, fantasy and survival.
In conclusion, the journey of Nathan Byrn in the novel Half wild is one many readers of action and fantasy themes would find appealing and would be anxious and waiting for the third book in the series to be released.
Sarah Filkin

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