The Alliance is losing the war, and their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Byrn, is losing his mind. Nathan’s tally of kills is rising, and yet he’s no closer to ending the tyrannical rule of the Council of White Witches in England. Nor is Nathan any closer to his personal goal: getting revenge on Annalise, the girl he once loved before she committed an unthinkable crime. An amulet protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance, but this amulet is not so easily acquired. And lately Nathan has started to suffer from visions: a vision of a golden moment when he dies, and of an endless line of Hunters, impossible to overcome. Gabriel, his closest companion, urges Nathan to run away with him, to start a peaceful life together. But even Gabriel’s love may not be enough to save Nathan from this war, or from the person he has become.
Set in modern-day Europe, the final book in the Half Bad trilogy is more than a story about witches. It’s a heart-achingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.
Warning: May contain spoilers from previous books in the series.
Nathan is as lost as the book title says. He’s out for blood wanting to nursed and kill Annaleise for all the things she has done. And he has killed a so many people. Nathan is your anti-hero. The one who straddles the moral compass meter which ticks back and forth. He is just so angry all the time. You can find him obsessing about the one person he can’t wait to get his hands on. It was intense to say the least. His murderous thoughts overshadow everything and he ends up making a lot of mistakes. I love that he is one deeply flawed character who battles between his light and dark side.
I read this for the sheer opportunity to have Gabriel grace us with his presence. My favourite character out of the entire series he is sweet and kind and caring. And sometimes I would think quite cruelly that Nathan doesn’t deserve him. He’s just so mean to him and even though I can understand he’s using him as a scapegoat, Gabriel doesn’t deserve that.
I had no trouble with the pacing in this book which is probably why I ended up marking it a four instead of a three out of five. There are also too many clues as to what happens by the end and anyone looking for that will know what will end up happening. Sadly I was one of those people and when I read it, I was still shocked. There’s nothing more I can say except I am numb. This ending gave me one massive book hangover and I just had to chat with others who did read it as well. It’s one those type of books.
I highly suggest reading this if you’re looking for more male/male relationships in YA books, because this one will go down as “memorable” in my books. A wonderful ending to the Half Bad trilogy, Half Lost will have you rocking to and fro from the edge of your seat. I guarantee it.