Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Half Wild, the stunning sequel to Half Bad by Sally Green, read by Carl Prekopp.
After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend, Gabriel, and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift - a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.
Meanwhile Soul O'Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?
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Witches gone feral - a dark and gritty YA
First of all, don't listen to this until you have listened to the first book, Half Bad, as this picks up pretty much straight after that and it won't make any sense otherwise. What with the Resistance taking on an evil magical government and camping out in the woods it's impossible not to make comparisons to Harry Potter but there's a LOT more blood. Some of the violence is quite graphic but it's not gratuitous. I'm surprised to see that Amazon says this is suitable for 9-11 year olds but I think it's more suitable for slightly older readers.
Nathan is gradually finding out about his gift and continues to be confused, angry, inarticulate and often irrational. Basically he's like any teenage boy but with the added problem of having magical powers he doesn't understand and being hunted by people who want him dead.
I really like Carl Prekopp's narration. He makes a very believable teenager and manages a range of accents consistently and well.
Half Wild doesn't suffer too much from "middle book in a trilogy" syndrome as there is a lot of plot and character development and it does reach some kind of conclusion while setting up the final book, Half Lost. I will definitely get that when comes out next year.
- Dean Taylor