After he’s abandoned once again by his infamous Black Witch father (Half Bad, 2013), Nathan grapples with his new, unruly magical gift and risks everything to save his true love.
Nathan hides in the woods outside Mercury’s cottage, waiting for his friend Gabriel to return and ever watchful for the Hunters nearby that seek to kill him. Though he’s quite sure Gabriel is dead, he can’t bring himself to leave. Instead, he daydreams of Annalise, who is trapped in a deathlike sleep, and he wrestles with the gift his father, Marcus, gave him: Nathan can transform into an animal, a bloodthirsty, uncontrollable animal that feels entirely separate from himself when he’s changed. When a stranger appears offering to help him, Nathan’s luck suddenly turns. Soon, he’s reunited with old friends and introduced to a new alliance of all witches—Black, White and Half Blood—determined to bring down the monstrous leader of the Council, Soul O’Brien. As Nathan embraces the newfound wildness of his gift, he changes in visceral, satisfying ways. But reuniting with the ones he loves the most provides the most shocking catalyst of all. Green delivers vibrant characters, and Nathan’s relationships arc in thrilling highs and lows. The start of his journey feels slow and too safe, but the climax ushers in a bloody, unforgettable cliffhanger.
A character-driven page-turner offering both emotional depth and gory thrills. (Fantasy. 12 & up)