Half Bad, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Meet Nathan Byrn...He's half White Witch, half Black Witch.

His mother was a healer, his father is a killer. He's been kept in a cage since he was fourteen. But if White Witches are good and Black Witches are evil, what happens if you are both? "A book about witches with no owls and not a pair of round spectacles in sight.

The new Hunger Games,I suspect...Brilliant and utterly compelling - I loved it." (Kate Atkinson, author of Life after Life and Behind the Scenes of the Museum). "Teens rejoice: the inheritor to Stephenie Meyer's crown has arrived." (Fiona Wilson, The Times). "Edgy, arresting and brilliantly written, Half Bad grips you from the first page and doesn't let go." (Michael Grant, author of Gone). "A brilliant debut that is both deeply unique and unsettling, one that chilled me to the bone and broke my heart even as I sped through its pages.

This will haunt you." (Marie Lu, author of Legend). "Take our word for it, this book is going to be huge." (Stylist). "Brilliantly paced with more than a few nasty surprises, Half Bad is a wickedly addictive read that will capture the imagination of any fan of YA fiction." (Starburst). "Not since the Harry Potter books - yes, I said it! - have I felt so fully immersed in an author's creation...I couldn't be more stoked over Half Bad, and this launch novel of a trilogy truly deserves all the hype surrounding it - and much more..." (Amanda Hurley, Inkwood Books).


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780141350868



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I liked it, set in an alternative world where white and black witches battle for supremacy and neither really have the moral high ground, though both seem to believe that they do. The story opens with our narrator describing his everyday life, living in a cage, trying to push the limits of his captivity, then he explores what led to this and then the story gets twisted in love versus family honour and complicated politics that ask questions of good and bad and what it means. The Hamlet quote that opens the book "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so".It is the assumptions of the adults around him that force Nathan to do what he does and the cascade of issues made this an interesting read.I would like to read more by this author.

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3.5 stars<br/><br/>Not overly spectacular. but I appreciated it enough to buy the sequel.

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