In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and 16-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan's father is the world's most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch - or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust - not even family, not even the girl he loves?
In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.
©2014 Sally Green (P)2014 Penguin Audio
My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.
Dark magic. Set in England in a secret witch society run but "white" witches. The main character, Nathan Edge is a mix of half white and half black witch blood. His mother forced to kill herself and his father on the run, Nathan's mixed parentage makes him an outcast of sorts, mistreated and openly abused by the witch council. The abuse is very graphic and might put some readers off. The ending is rather abrupt, but I'm looking forward to the next installment.
The very "chosen one" feel to the main character, Nathan, very, very much reminds me of a very wand twitching story I've read years back. The whole story made me remember how much I love the whole fantasy/magic theme. It's like a throwback to years beck when I was reading Narnia and Harry Potter. I can't help but love this book for just that. Reminding me of the joys of being young and in love with a magical world.
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I don't know what I would compare this book to.
When Nathan stands up for himself!
Every obstacle and torment Nathan endures and progresses through!
Native Californian, but lived in TX for 2.5 yrs where I joined a neighborhood book club and never looked back! I listen and read books! After 5 years of raving about audiobooks, I finally got my husband hooked!
I know from some review, either you really liked this story or was bored with it. Common theme was the first 50 and last 50 pages were great, the middle, not so much. But I have to say I really liked this book. And I LOVED Carl Prekopp's narration even more. I'll grant the story does not move fast, but that's ok. It's the set up of Nathan's upbringing and the long standing hatred between White and Black Witches. Nathan lies between, being half black and half white witch. This is very very rare. There are many Half Bloods (half black or white witch and half fain or ordinary person). They are ignored or distained by the witch community. But what makes Nathan's situation unique, is he is the son of the most powerful and hated Black Witch. All eyes are on him and waiting for him to be just like his Father, Marcus, only Nathan has never met him. He struggles with his identity. A very common thing for a young man under the best of circumstances. Now add the crap he has to put up with and who can blame him for acting out.
I thought the authors portrayal of Nathan as not highly educated, a little sheltered (rightly so), and angry, was spot on; like how she wrote his inner dialogue and even the narrator's use of an English accent befitting this character. The not Posh, not quite Cockney accent...maybe Estuary?, was so good. I loved listening to it.
All these things kept me interested in the story. My only disappointment with the author is some of the flat one dimensional characters. They are mostly side character or important characters that don't get a lot of play. Yet I was still interested in the story, certainly enough to get the next book.
The narrator in Half Bad was superb! Perfect accent and emotion behind each line. Though the story itself can't be said to be the best audio book I've listen too I would absolutely listen to again.
I tend to go for the laid back put competent sorts. The fact he could recite poetry helped.
Nathan and Gabriel were both brilliantly voiced when it came to their accents. It was a pleasure to listen too.
Good first start to a series. A few pace issues where certain chapters lulled me to sleep, but overall quite captivating.
An amazing audiobook! I loved Carl Prekopp's narration; he was gripping and mesmerizing. I kept looking for ways to plug in and LISTEN to this book!!! In a future England, Nathan is 1/2 white witch and 1/2 black witch and it is being the son of black witch Marcus that brands him an outsider---even his own sister, Jessica, hates him. Thankfully Nathan has a wonderful and sympathetic brother, Aaron. Aaron is sweet, trusting, and very protective of Nathan. But Aaron is not bullied, beaten up, or branded "BAD" like Nathan. Will Nathan be able to elude the hunters and survive until his 17th birthday and receiving his 3 powers of magic? Will he be able to survive in a world that does not want him or his father? Now I can't wait to get into the second book, Half Wild!!!
Dystopian novels like Maggot Moon
I liked his voices of other characters and his pauses and his angst came through loud and clear.
When Nathan meets his father.
I would have never listened to this book but it was part of The 2015 Hub Challenge as an Amazing Audiobook and I so agree and will be listening to her next book in the sequel as a result!
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