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Half Lost

Half Lost

About the Book

Author: Sally Green

Age Range: 11-14 Years 14-16 Years 16 + Years

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Price: £7.99

Review

The first installment of Sally Green’s powerful trilogy about the endless battle between the forces of darkness and light, set in a modern-day England where Black and White witches live in secret alongside humans – Half Bad - was a phenomenal success. It holds the Guiness World Record for ‚most translated book by a debut author‘ (it sold in 45 languages before its release in the UK), and the film rights were snapped up almost immediately, with Karen Rosenfelt (Twilight) to produce. Half Lost brings the story of Green’s conflicted protagonist, Nathan, to its conclusion – and, like the previous two books, is an intense and violent reading experience throughout. The stark, visceral details are by no means gratuitous, however; this is a precisely imagined physical and social landscape, and the author is not interested in predictable romance with a magical veneer. This is a series about survival, and the harsh, painful choices that often must be made in order to realise it; the ending is both uncomprising, and deeply poignant. An exceptional YA offering.

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