By Sally Green
Viking Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780670016785, 394pp.
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
An international bestseller, translated into more than 50 languages
Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is monitored, when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.
A Spring 2014 Kids' Indie Next List pick
"[A] grim and thrilling tale . . . an unforgettable protagonist" —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A horrifying, compelling trilogy that pushes the boundaries of what we believe to be good and evil. . . . Nathan's survival is tenuous and marvelous—and only just beginning." —Booklist, starred review
"Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive" —Time
"Energetic, gripping" —School Library Journal
"Nathan’s harrowing quest to build a father-son relationship will compel readers to the sequel." —Kirkus Reviews