Although only in the book for a short while, Gus gives a great insight into the complex relationship between Half Bloods and Black Witches. Proud to be a confidant of Marcus, Gus struggles to hide his prejudice towards all those who are not Black Witches. His exchanges with Nathan are sharp and tense, which makes them a great read.
Just when you thought Gabriel couldn’t get any better, he then regains his witch powers (*insert fist pump here*)! Gabriel is incredibly loyal to Nathan (even when Nathan lashes out); he is handsome, kind-hearted and moral. Always willing to put his neck on the line for his best friend, Gabriel is just all-round awesome. Here’s shipping ‘Nabriel’ for Half Lost!
3. Victoria Van Dahl (Van)
When Nathan first meets Van, he mistakes her for a man, which kind of encapsulates how mysterious and intriguing this character is. You never know quite where you stand with her: one minute she’s making pleasantries, the next she’s trying to control your emotions with magic cigarettes. She’s beautiful, powerful and intelligent – an extremely striking character.
This shrewd, cruel and ancient witch is terrifying and apparently heartless. Mercury is a powerful witch who can manipulate the weather and cut through the fabric of the universe. (Yes, that’s right. She can actually cut through the universe to create portals that transfer you from one place to another. . . !) Yes, she is a little bit evil, but that makes her even more amazing as a character. Hell-bent on avenging her sister’s death, Mercury is on a never-ending hunt for Marcus. She is a tantalising Black Witch and a deserving runner-up in my Top 5.
WHO ELSE? Not only does he have every single power you could ever want (stopping time and invisibility to name but two), Marcus is also the most complex and intriguing character in Half Wild. Having lived in solitude for years, he struggles to connect with his fellow witches and is distant and moody. Throughout the entire book you will travel constantly from the ‘I love Marcus’ side to ‘I want Marcus dead’ side… and then the ending happens. THAT ENDING! There just couldn’t be any other Black Witch in the top spot.
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After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift - a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.
Meanwhile, Soul O'Brien has seized control of the Council of White Witches and is expanding his war against Black witches into Europe. In response, an unprecedented alliance has formed between Black and White witches determined to resist him. Drawn into the rebellion by the enigmatic Black witch Van Dal, Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies. But can all the rebels be trusted, or is Nathan walking into a trap?