Half Bad by Sally Green
Green’s first ever novel follows our protagonist, Nathan. In the UK, Nathan is a part of the witch community, living with his grandmother and three half-siblings. He’s a bit of a loner, if only because of the fact that he is a half Black Witch. In the UK, White Witches run their own government, the Council, over all witches in the area while most Black Witches are criminals who are found and killed down by the Council and Hunters. Nathan’s father is the most legendary and evil Black Witch of all. However, in order to stay alive, he must gain his powers to become a witch by his 17th birthday, and this novel is all about how he tries to gain his powers when they’ve been denied to him.
Written in the form of Nathan’s thoughts, there are so many great things about this book, the best being our leading role, Nathan. He’s our protagonist and he’s a deep, intricate, and complex character, but more than that, he’s dark. He’s incredibly dark and twisted, but has good and a brightness in him as well. Most authors cast the darkness in a negative light, but Green blurs the lines between good and bad. She embraces the darkness in the book, which is something I seldom see authors do. The plot of the story is phenomenal, taking you through twists and turns along every step of the way. She writes in a way that really connects the reader to Nathan; we can understand his feelings and know how his mind works in excruciating detail. I love this book to death, and all who read it are sure to say the same thing. Anyone who can handle darkness and can read must read this novel. It’s truly a dark masterpiece.
Written by Veeshva R.