The third and final instalment in the breathtaking Half Bad series by Sally Green.
Nathan Byrn is running again. The Alliance of Free Witches has been all but destroyed. Scattered and demoralized, constantly pursued by the Council's Hunters, only a bold new strategy can save the rebels from total defeat. They need the missing half of Gabriel's amulet - an ancient artifact with the power to render its bearer invincible in battle.
But the amulet's guardian - the reclusive and awesomely powerful witch Ledger - has her own agenda. To win her trust, Nathan must travel to America and persuade her to give him the amulet. Combined with his own Gifts, the amulet might just be enough turn the tide for the Alliance and end the bloody civil war between Black and White witches once and for all...
The Half Bad trilogy ends as strongly as it started in this conclusion to one of the finest recent examples of YA fantasy. Although the Alliance was nearly destroyed by the Council of White Witches, and Nathan's father, the Black Witch Marcus, has been murdered, the ragtag rebellion continues. Nathan, never the most emotionally stable witch, is more fragile than ever, torn between the needs of the Alliance's fight and his desire for revenge. The only thing that may save the Alliance is if Nathan persuades a powerful Black Witch named Ledger to give him an amulet that will make Nathan virtually impervious to injury. Green's portrait of Nathan as a damaged mixture of good and evil, a sort of well-meaning monster, is masterly, and the series' intensity and the author's willingness to put her characters through enormous pain and transformative loss haven't changed a bit. Powerful scenes of suffering, defeat, and occasionally triumph can be found throughout. Readers will finish this grueling, cathartic tale both relieved and satisfied. Ages 14 up. Ages 14 up.
Lovely book, too sad an ending!
I thoroughly enjoyed this series, but my gosh, you just wanted Nathan to have a happy ever after. This guy did something wrong in a previous life!! I just wish the romance had had more time to blossom.
Would highly recommend lots of twists you don't see coming