Nathan Byrn, son of the most infamous Black Witch, Marcus, has had to literally eat his father’s heart out. His girlfriend Annalise betrayed him and the resistance and now hundreds have died by the Hunters and Annalise disappeared. But now Nathan has more Gifts he could’ve ever thought possible, and he’s working on one that stops time everywhere except for him. He can turn invisible, breathe fire, still turn into his wolfy other half, the list goes on. Hunters are in the forest, and he’s had to pick them off as he searches for Annalise, cause the only thing that matters to him right now is revenge. Meanwhile, Nesbitt, Gabriel, Celia and Greatorex, his closest friends and allies, are gathering info about the leaders of the White Witches and planning a massive strike. The only question is if they have everything to be prepared, if Nathan will have to go to difficult lengths to get all is needed, (come to think of it, there’s more than one question) and most importantly, if Nathan wants to grow up remembering himself as a hero or a downright murderer.
I’ll start off by saying most of the beginning of this book is Nathan thinking about his demons as he ambushes Hunters, and is all of this tremendously exciting? Not the most it could possibly be, but the fact this is the final book and it’s a little shorter than the other two brings promise nothing is going to be light. Its selected title is also fitting; Half Bad talked about Nathan’s ethnicity. Half Wild references the wolf within him. Half Lost references a few things; how he doesn’t completely know where he is in the forest, and how his goal to kill Annalise is completely clear but he’s not sure if he should let his friends know. He also has plans for himself but isn’t sure if he should second-guess them or not for the better of the world.
Then there’s the LGBTQ+ relationship that is one of the much better plotlines in this trilogy. Nathan and Gabriel have always been cute, but their relationship in this one is the best by far. With Annalise no longer in the picture it helps strengthen the idea, and with Nathan fighting against himself and putting some of the pressure onto Gabriel, and then Nathan outright confessing how much he really means to him, this is one of those rare teenage gay relationships that feels like if they survive the battle, they will be married and inseparable forever. And book romances in general are cute but don’t always feel completely official. This one does it easy as pie.
I also liked how anti-hero Nathan ends up becoming, especially in this book. He’s definitely rude and unafraid to piss some of the people close to him off, but it’s hard for him to control himself living a life of misery until it became a life of murder. There are also three different antagonists to take care of here, and the ending is just fast-paced enough to give them warrant in the final fight. And when it ends, you might want to go for a walk, sit down with a tree, and just talk with it, and think about the meaning of life.
There’s a new side character that’s a little underdeveloped, and another one that quits for not that good of a reason, and I felt there could’ve been more bonding between Nathan and Celia, but in the end, considering how much disdain I felt for the first Half Bad, now I can say the Half Bad trilogy is Half Awesome, and worth going through the first to check Half Wild and Half Lost. This trilogy has a funny type of gloss to it; so much of it is spent outdoors, maybe that’s it. Reading these books may almost feel like you have a pair of binoculars over your neck and you’re gazing at the foxes and bald eagles.